Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jack Palance and Me

Hi Folks...

Most of you know I like to read Ripley's Believe It or Not cartoon in the AM...Recently I came across one of my favorite actors in it...Jack Palance...He is one of the few movie actors I have personnaly met in my life time...He has played a major part in my life unbeknownst to him...Read on...
In 1954 I apprenticed at an Art and Photography Studio in downtown Chicago...At that studio was a young woman model who posed for a fashion artist...She looked at a pastel portrait I did from a photo in Life magazine ( The article was about the "Shane" a western movie starring Allen Ladd and the deadly gunfighter he had to face)...It was of Jack Palance... The portrait here on my blog is one I have just done in the style I did back then (the first one was better)...Well...She wanted to buy my sketch and asked me my price...I had never sold a piece of my artwork (I was 18 years old at that time) and did not know how to price it...She said she had never bought an original piece of artwork and did not know what to offer me for it...So....I said "How about $5.00?"...She was happy and so was I...That was the first five dollars I earned from my artistic ability...

Now let's come forward in time...I read in the newspaper that Jack ws coming to columbia promoting his book of poetry...Wow...I decided that I would meet him and tell him my story about my first sale of the portrait I did of him as a young man...Here's a photo of Jack and my grandson David and I (check out my ponytail)...

Oh...did I tell you I bought his book?


And he signed it to Uncle Ron...

5 comments:

Tommy said...

Jack Palance, now there's an actor that I haven't heard anything from or about for years. He made a great gun fighter...

However, if I had to guess his profession based on his signature, I'd have to say that he's a Doctor.. :-)

Uncle Ron said...

That's FUNNY...

Thanks Tom...

...........................Ray said...

"If I had to guess his profession based on his signature, I'd have to say that he's a Doctor."

@ Tommy:-

If he was a Doctor, you wouldn't be able to tell who signed it! Trust me - have I ever lied to you?

Anonymous said...

I love this story! What did Jack say about your story of your first sale? And how gracious of him to sit for the photo!

Uncle Ron said...

Sorry Anonymous that I did not answer you back in 2011...Yes... He did enjoy the story ...He was a gracious person...Since that time I have come across a wonderful movie he played in called "the Bagdad Cafe" in 1987...This is a classic movie...the characters are real ...I thoroughly enjoyed it....He plays a retired Scene designer from Hollywood living in a old Colestream trailor near an almost defunct Motel...Check it out...