Jack Palance

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Birth Name: Volodymyr Palahniuk

Date of Birth: February 18, 1919

Place of Birth: Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: November 10, 2006

Place of Death: Montecito, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ukrainian, possibly some Polish

Jack Palance was an American actor and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers (1991).

He was the son of Anna/Fannie (Gramiak) and John/Ivan Palahnuik. His father was born in Ternopil’s’ka, Ukraine. His mother was born in L’viv, Ukraine, and may have had some Polish ancestry. He was said to be distantly related to author Chuck Palahniuk.

Jack was married to Elaine Rogers, until his death. He had three children with his former wife Virginia Baker.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was named Sanarko Gramiak.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was named Justina Buczynksi.

Sources: Jack Palance on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jack Palance on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituaries of Jack’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com


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5 Responses

  1. andrew says:



  2. andrew says:

    Jack’s parents, Ivan/Evan “John” Palahniuk and Anna “Fannie” Gramiak on 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census. Jack is called “Walter” on these records.



  3. ann says:

    His father was John Palahnuik and his mother was Anna Gramiak (the daughter of Sanarko Gramiak and Justina Buczynksi).
    I think both of Anna’s parents were of Polish ancestry.

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