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Name: Jack Nance  
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Date of Birth: 21st December 1943
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Profession: Actor
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Nance as Henry Spencer in Eraserhead

John Nance, known professionally as Jack Nance, was an American stage and screen actor in offbeat or avant-garde film and theatre. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch and specialised in eccentric supporting roles.

Nance was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 21, 1943, but raised in Dallas, Texas. He worked for some time with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In the 1970s, Nance met David Lynch, who cast him as the lead in his bizarre independent film Eraserhead. Nance's performance as the neurotic, big-haired Henry Spencer is an iconic one in cult film. At the time, Nance was married to the actress Catherine E. Coulson (the future Log Lady in Twin Peaks), but they divorced in 1976.

In his late middle age, Nance grew a small white moustache and was a distinctive presence in many films with his peculiar twisted smile and bug eyes. Nance remained on good terms with Lynch, who cast him in nearly all of his projects:

  • Dune: a small role as the Harkonnen Captain Nefud
  • Blue Velvet: a supporting role as Paul, a creepy friend of Dennis Hopper's villain
  • The Cowboy and the Frenchman: plays Pete, one of the cowboys
  • Twin Peaks: a memorably eccentric performance as Pete Martell, the henpecked sawmill gaffer
  • Wild at Heart: a small role as the very weird 'OO Spool'
  • Lost Highway: Phil

Nance died in South Pasadena, California on December 30, 1996 under mysterious circumstances. He claimed to have been involved in a brawl outside a Winchell's Donuts on the morning of December 28, in which he received serious head injuries which caused a subdural hematoma, resulting in his death two days later. However, acquaintances note that Nance was a notorious late sleeper and was rarely ever awake at the time he said he was at the donut shop, and that the circumstances of his death were most unusual.

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