Of natural causes at age 87, boxer turned Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance. Palance attended North Carolina on a football scholarship but dropped out to box under the name Jack Brazzo. "Then I thought, You must be nuts to get your head beat in for $200 [a fight]," he said in 1995. "The theater seemed a lot more appealing." So after a brief stint as a sportswriter following World War II (he received a Purple Heart), Palance gave acting a shot. One of his most notable roles was in '56, when he played a washed-up fighter (above) in a TV production of Requiem for a Heavyweight, for which he won an Emmy.