Palance defined Oscar prowess

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Actor Jack Palance has died — of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., surrounded by family, said spokesman Dick Guttman. He was 87. He played memorable tough guys in films such as ‘‘Shane’’ and ‘‘Sudden Fear,’’ but it wasn’t until he was in his 70s that he won an Oscar for his comedic self-parody in ‘‘City Slickers.’’ Oscar watchers, though, know him for one memorable moment.

Palance endeared himself to viewers of the 1992 Academy Awards when he accepted his Oscar for best supporting actor by dropping to the stage and performing one-armed push-ups.

Billy Crystal, his ‘‘City Slickers’’ co-star and that year’s Oscar host, turned the moment into a running joke, making increasingly outlandish remarks about Palance’s physical prowess throughout the show.

‘‘I am deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of my dear friend Jack Palance, a true movie icon,’’ Crystal said in a statement. ‘‘Winning the Oscar for that movie and the one-arm push-ups he did on the show will link us together forever, and for that I am grateful.’’

The push-ups created a magic Oscar moment.

Contibuting: AP

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