American Legends: The Life of Jack Palance

ISBN: 9781500717315
*Includes pictures
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“One of the most important reasons for living is to do something - live outside of yourself and put together an idea, an idea that you want to explore and then complete... Awaken your creative sensitivities!” – Jack Palance

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

It is quite possible that Jack Palance is best-remembered not for any single performance but rather for his display of physical fitness while receiving an Oscar for his performance in City Slickers (1989). In an effort to demonstrate that old age had not blunted his athleticism, Palance performed one-armed pushups while grasping his Oscar trophy with his free hand. His fitness was hardly a false representation either, as it demonstrated just how much he had been gifted with a strong physique, which was a crucial part of his image in the industry. Equally important, however, Palance’s one-armed pushups demonstrated the way in which he frequently poked fun at himself, proving he did not take himself overly seriously.
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