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(It was Anthony Quinn who got to tour the play, though.) Palance appeared in two plays in 1948 which had short runs, A Temporary Island and The Vigil. Palance made his screen debut in the movie Panic in the Streets (1950), directed by Elia Kazan, who had directed Streetcar on Broadway.He played a gangster and was credited as "Walter (Jack) Palance".Jean-Luc Godard persuaded Palance to take on the role of Hollywood producer Jeremy Prokosch in the nouvelle vague movie Le Mépris (1963) with Brigitte Bardot.Although the main dialogue was in French, Palance spoke mostly English.He was reunited with Aldrich and Chandler on Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) playing a bomb disposal expert, filmed in Germany.
The story behind Palance's face was repeated numerous times (including in respected film reference works), but upon his death, several obituaries of Palance quoted him as saying that the entire story had been contrived: "Studio press agents make up anything they want to, and reporters go along with it.Palance played a villain in Second Chance (1953) opposite Robert Mitchum and was an Indian in Arrowhead (1953).He got a chance to play a heroic role in Flight to Tangier (1953), a thriller.One flack created the legend that I had been blown up in an air crash during the war, and my face had to be put back together by way of plastic surgery.If it is a 'bionic face', why didn't they do a better job of it?
He was nominated in the same category the following year as well, for his role as the hired gunfighter Jack Wilson in Shane (1953).