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I go to see maybe seven films a year at the most, and since I only go to see the best, it follows that I rarely see my own

One of Hollywood’s best know screen baddies and tough guys, oscar-winning City Slickers star Jack Palance claimed on more than one occasion he’d rarely watched any of his own films.

Born Vladimir Palahniuk and starting out as a boxer, during World War Two he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a bomber pilot and was decorated with medals including the Purple Heart for his valour.

As an actor on broadway, one of his first jobs saw him understudy Marlon Brando, with a lead role on the stage two years later securing him a Hollywood movie contract.

His third film, In Sudden Fear, saw him play opposite Joan Crawford as a man intent on murdering his wife, a performance which landed him the part of sinister gunslinger Jack Wilson in all-time classic western, Shane.

Palances film and TV credits chart an on-screen career that spanned from the late 1940s until just two years before his death. When he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for City Slickers aged 72 in 1991, he demonstrated his still-impressive physical prowess by performing one-arm push ups on the stage.

Later in his life, it emerged that Palance had also channelled another creative side. Inspired by fauvism, a painting style made famous by artist including Matisse, the actor had been creating artworks since the 1950s. People were taken aback by the star’s hidden talents, when in 1996 he published a book, The Forest of Love, a prose poem illustrated with his art.