Burt Lancaster

Born Nov 2, 1913

Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes and distinctive smile (which he called "The Grin"). After initially building his career on "tough guy" roles Lancaster abandoned his "all-American" image in the late 1950s in favor of more complex and challenging roles, and came to be regarded as one of the best actors of his generation as a result.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born in 1913.


1935 22 Years Old Lancaster vigorously guarded his private life. He was married three times. His first two marriages — to June Ernst from 1935 to 1946 and to Norma Anderson from 1946 to 1969 - ended in divorce.
1939 26 Years Old …  However, in 1939, an injury forced Lancaster to give up the profession, with great regret.
1942 29 Years Old He then found temporary work until 1942 — first as a salesman for Marshall Fields and then as a singing waiter in various restaurants. … Read More


1943 30 Years Old He served with General Mark Clark's Fifth Army in Italy from 1943–1945. … Read More
1946 33 Years Old The centennial of Lancaster's birth was honored at New York City's Film Society of Lincoln Center in May 2013 with the screening of 12 of the actor's finest films, from The Killers of 1946 to Atlantic City in 1981.


1953 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Lancaster played one of his best-remembered roles with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. … Read More
1954 41 Years Old …  In 1954, they collaborated again on His Majesty O'Keefe, with Lancaster acting and Hecht producing. … Read More
1958 45 Years Old …  Additionally, the pair acted in comedy-musical sketches for the 1958 and 1959 Oscar celebrations. … Read More
1960 47 Years Old The company dissolved in 1960, but Hecht would produce two more films in which Lancaster acted, under Norma Productions, The Young Savages (1961) and Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). … Read More


1963 50 Years Old Lancaster was a vocal supporter of liberal political causes, and frequently spoke out in support of racial minorities, including at the March on Washington in 1963. … Read More
1968 55 Years Old In 1968, Lancaster actively supported the presidential candidacy of antiwar Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, and frequently spoke on his behalf during the Democratic primaries.
1972 59 Years Old He heavily campaigned for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election. … Read More


1980 67 Years Old As Lancaster grew older, he became increasingly plagued by atherosclerosis, barely surviving a routine gall bladder operation in January 1980.
1983 70 Years Old Following two minor heart attacks, he had to undergo an emergency quadruple coronary bypass in 1983, after which he was extremely weak, but he still managed to continue acting and attended a 1988 Congressional hearing with old colleagues such as Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers to protest media magnate Ted Turner's plan to colorize various black-and-white films from the 1930s and 1940s.
1988 75 Years Old He campaigned for Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election.
1990 77 Years Old 1 More Event
His third marriage, to Susan Martin, was from September 1990 until his death in 1994.
1994 81 Years Old He died in his Century City apartment in Los Angeles from a third heart attack at 4:50 am on October 20, 1994 at the age of 80. … Read More
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