Jack Nance

Biography

Marvin John Nance (December 21, 1943 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA – December 30, 1996 in Pasadena, California, USA (homicide)), known professionally as Jack Nance and occasionally credited as John Nance, was an American actor of stage and screen, primarily starring in offbeat or avant-garde productions. He was known for his work with director David Lynch, particularly for his roles in Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater, and Lynch decided to cast him as the lead in Eraserhead (1977). Originally, it was to be a six-week shooting project, but due to budget restrictions and technical complications, the production and filming took nearly five years to complete. Nance relocated to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, where he appeared in unusual and widely praised films that were not always considered mainstream Hollywood. He has appeared in almost every movie by Lynch, including the television series "Twin Peaks" (1990), usually playing secondary characters or quirky supporting parts. Nance died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 30, 1996 from an apparent internal head injury the morning after getting into a physical brawl at a donut shop with some rowdy patrons. Trivia Got into a fight in December 1996 with two men in a Winchell's donut shop, and was struck in the head. A friend came and checked up on him at his home the next day only to find him dead. Appeared in the Suicidal Tendencies video for the song "Institutionalized". Goes by his middle name John in Eraserhead (1977) and by the stage name Jack for the rest of his career. Up to the last moment, he was considered for the lead in The Graduate (1967), the part that went to Dustin Hoffman . Son-in-law of Jerry Van Dyke. Nephew-in-law of Dick Van Dyke. Attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas.

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Birth Name

John Nance

Birth Place

Boston, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

12/21/1943

Death Date

12/30/1996
Known For
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Eraserhead

Henry Spencer (as John Nance)

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Ghoulies

Wolfgang

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Barfly

Detective

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Meatballs 4

Neil Peterson

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I Don't Know Jack

Himself

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Little Witches

Father Michael

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Felix

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Bushman

Felix

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Assault on Dome 4

Mellow, Dome 4 Oldtimer

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Voodoo

Lewis

Starring In
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Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

Pete Martell

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I Don't Know Jack

Himself

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The Short Films of David Lynch

Pete ("The Cowboy and the Frenchman") (archive footage)

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Lost Highway

Phil

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Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Himself

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The Secret Agent Club

Doc

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Assault on Dome 4

Mellow, Dome 4 Oldtimer

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Little Witches

Father Michael

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The Demolitionist

Father McKenzie

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Voodoo

Lewis

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Love & a .45

Justice Thurman

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Another Midnight Run

Reilly

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Motorama

Motel Clerk

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Pete Martell (scenes deleted)

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Meatballs 4

Neil Peterson

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Whore

Man Who Helps Liz

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The Hot Spot

Julian Ward

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Wild at Heart

00 Spool

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The Blob (1988)

Doctor

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Colors

Officer Samuels

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Colors

Officer Samuels

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Barfly

Detective

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Blue Velvet

Paul

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Ghoulies

Wolfgang

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Johnny Dangerously

Priest

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City Heat

Aram Strossell, the Bookkeeper

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Dune

Nefud

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Hammett

Gary Salt

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Felix

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Eraserhead

Henry Spencer (as John Nance)

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Breaker, Breaker

Burton

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Bushman

Felix

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Fools

Hippie

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