Actor Jack Palance Dies at Age 85


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Jack Palance, who used his skills and threatening countenance to become a popular star for 40 years, has died in his home near Santa Barbara, California. He was 85.

The World War Two veteran and heavyweight boxer won fame in 1953 when, dressed all in black, he gunned down a hapless farmer in the classic Western, "Shane," starring Alan Ladd.

Nearly four decades later, Palance won best supporting actor in the comedy "City Slickers," with Billy Crystal. Accepting the Oscar, the 70-year-old Palance dropped to the floor and did a series of one-armed pushups.

Spokesman Dick Guttman says Palance died of natural causes, surrounded by family.

Palance once said most of his films were "garbage," but movie audiences loved his fierce looks, hulking presence and ice-cold voice.