Burt Lancaster

Born Nov 2, 1913

Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique 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. … Read More
1942 29 Years Old The United States having then entered World War II, Lancaster joined the United States Army in 1942 and performed with the Army's Twenty-First Special Services Division, one of the military groups organized to follow the troops on the ground and provide USO entertainment to keep up morale.


1943 30 Years Old He served with General Mark Clark's Fifth Army in Italy from 1943–45. … Read More
1946 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Fortunately for Lancaster, producer Mark Hellinger approached him to star in The Killers, in 1946, which was completed and released prior to Desert Fury and to great critical success. … Read More
1950 37 Years Old …  Hecht and Lancaster produced two additional films in the early 1950s under the Norma Productions company; The Flame and the Arrow in 1950 and Ten Tall Men in 1951, two swashbucklers selected to showcase Lancaster's acrobatic skills.
1951 38 Years Old In 1951 the actor/producer duo changed the company's name to Hecht-Lancaster Productions. … Read More


1953 40 Years Old …  He claimed he was romantically involved with Deborah Kerr during the filming of From Here to Eternity in 1953. However, Kerr stated that while there was a spark of attraction, nothing ever happened. He did have an affair with Joan Blondell. In her 1980 autobiography, Shelley Winters claimed to have had a long affair with him. … Read More
1954 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954 Lancaster was hired to star in the Warner Brothers film His Majesty O'Keefe. … Read More
1955 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Without Hill, Hecht and Lancaster produced Marty, a 1955 film starring Ernest Borgnine, which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
1956 43 Years Old In 1956 Lancaster and Hecht entered the music industry with the companies Hecht-Lancaster & Buzzell Music and Calyork Music. … Read More
1960 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Additionally Hill-Hecht-Lancaster served as the production company for the 1960-1961 TV series Whiplash. … Read More
1961 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Hecht and Lancaster worked on two more films together; The Young Savages, released in 1961 and Birdman of Alcatraz, released in 1962 through Norma Productions as the production company's final film.


1967 54 Years Old In 1967 Lancaster formed a new partnership with Roland Kibbee, who had already worked as a writer on five Lancaster projects; Ten Tall Men, The Crimson Pirate, Three Sailors and a Girl (in which Lancaster made a cameo appearance), Vera Cruz and The Devil's Disciple.
1968 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Through Norlan Productions, Lancaster and Kibbee produced The Scalphunters in 1968, Valdez Is Coming in 1971 (which was also written by Kibbee) and The Midnight Man in 1974. … Read More
1972 59 Years Old He campaigned heavily for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election. … Read More


1980 - 1983 2 More Events
1988 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, Lancaster was well enough to attended a 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.
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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