Michael David Palance is an American actor and producer. He commenced his professional career as a teenager in New York theatre and television in the mid 1980s during which time he achieved early success in daytime soap operas, including The Guiding Light, Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live. Palance is also known for his starring role in the spaghetti western Savate. He co-starred in the “Murder in White” episode of Murder She Wrote. Additional acting roles include University Hospital, Robin’s Hoods and All-American Girl TV series. He also starred in the NBC series pilot Down Delaware Road. Palance was awarded Outstanding Hero: Daytime for his role in One Life to Live and he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 1991.
During his early years, Palance received professional training through a variety of method acting styles, including Meisner, Strasberg and Adler. He also learned regional accent acquisition under the direction of Sam Chwat, the dialect coach to stars that include Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts. Palance was often selected to play the parts of characters several years his senior and he worked with rising talent, including Brad Pitt, Ian Ziering and Yasmine Bleeth.
Production and Acting Programs
In 1991, Palance relocated to Los Angeles to pursue work in film production and educational acting programs. It was at this time that he founded and launched Emperor Films to produce music videos and commercials. In 2001, Palance instituted acting schools throughout the US, Canada and London and networked young talent with casting directors, agents and managers from Los Angeles and New York.
Currently, Michael Palance is serving as executive producer of My Hollywood, a reality television show, which features families from around the world and their struggles and triumphs as they pursue opportunities to enter the entertainment industry. Shooting is underway in the US, Canada and Singapore. He is also the producer of the television film Pop Star, which was distributed by Lifetime Movie Network and tells the fictional account of a talented young singer who is promised a future in the recording industry.
As the CEO of Premiere, Palance hosts the largest child talent and audition showcase in the entertainment industry. The highly respected interview weekends held at Walt Disney World provide children with the experience to pursue opportunities in the entertainment industry while offering parents unique insights and understanding of the factors that drive success. Under Palance’s leadership, Premiere produces a well-run and very respected global performing arts competition to create connections between young actors, models, dancers and singers to industry professionals. Premiere’s ability to use mentoring to help these children build their self-esteem, self-confidence and advanced life skills is extraordinary. Michael looks forward to the continual growth and development from all the children Premiere has mentored around the world.
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