Burt Lancaster
American actor
Burt Lancaster
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.
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Burt Lancaster on TCM: THE LEOPARD, SCORPIO, THE KILLERS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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A powerful but hammy leading man who developed into a first-rate mature actor-star in movies such as Luchino Visconti's Conversation Piece and Louis Malle's Atlantic City, Lancaster had a long, eclectic, and prestigious career both in Hollywood and
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Random Notions and Fipperies - Huffington Post (blog) (satire)
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Producers first tried Burt Lancaster. Brad Pitt's break-out cameo in Thelma and Louise -- when Johnny Depp didn't do it. Depp was also in first position for Ferris Bueller's Day Off which solidified Mathew Broderick's star status
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In 'The Leopard,' an Epic's Lush Canvas - New York Times
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Based on the novel of the same name by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, “The Leopard” stars Burt Lancaster as a Sicilian prince navigating the political upheaval of 1860s Italy. But for decorators, its appeal seems to lie in the way Mr. Visconti uses a painterly
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Lancaster, Mirren, and Kerr in new prints series at the MFA - Boston Globe
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Showing today at 11 am is a restored print of Luchino Visconti's opulent 1963 drama “The Leopard'' starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. Awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, Visconti's masterpiece traces the
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New season of 'Damages' leads the Pop 10 - Plain Dealer
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The TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection of DVDs shines a spotlight on Burt Lancaster for its next release. The DVD includes some of Lancaster's films, including "Local Hero," "The Flame and the Arrow," "Executive Action" and "Seven Days in May
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Elmer Sexauer found his field of dreams, then lost it - Tampabay.com
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Unlike Graham's character portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Mr. Sexauer would not likely have described the experience as something "like coming this close to your dreams, and then watch them brush past you like a stranger
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New Mission starts December 16th - Examiner.com
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Cruise is among a dying breed of physical actors who do their own stuntwork, like Burt Lancaster, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Angelina Jolie, Tony Ja, Jason Stratham, and of course, Jackie Chan. Many actors who claim to do
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Hip-hop under the big top - Buffalo News
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Their alumni included movie star Burt Lancaster, an acrobat, and the great dancer Donald O'Connor, who once told The News about how he had swung through Buffalo in the 1930s as a hand balancer. Circuses have changed a lot since then and the UniverSoul
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An Influential Director, Two Distinct Directions - New York Times
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For the Italian director Sergio Leone, “Vera Cruz,” a cynical western starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, was the template from which “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) was traced, along with countless other spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and '70s
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Movie Review: Vera Cruz (Blu-ray) - Flix 66
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Vera Cruz stars two of the biggest Hollywood stars at the time the film was shot, Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper. The tagline for the film “The Giants Battle it out in the Biggest Spectacle of Them All” says it all. When Vera Cruz opened in 1954,
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Critics' Picks Video: 'Sweet Smell of Success' - New York Times (blog)
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The film stars Burt Lancaster as the powerful columnist JJ Hunsecker. Tony Curtis plays Sidney Falco, a press agent desperate to get an item in Hunsecker's column. When Hunsecker requests assistance from Falco to help soil the reputation of a man
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Vera Cruz Review - JustPressPlay
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Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper play two rogues, more similar than either would like to admit, tied into a cross-country mission of revolution, gold, and betrayal. In a relationship that starts with the purchase of a stolen horse and an ensuing chase,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Burt Lancaster
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 80
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lancaster was cremated and his ashes were buried under a large oak tree in Westwood Memorial Park located in Westwood Village, Los Angeles County, California. A small, square ground plaque inscribed only with "BURT LANCASTER 1913–1994" marks his final resting place. Upon his death, as he requested, he had no memorial or funeral service.
  • 1990
    Age 76
    His acting career ended after he suffered a stroke on November 30, 1990, which left him partly paralyzed and largely unable to speak.
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    His third marriage, to Susan Martin, was from September 1990 until his death in 1994.
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  • 1988
    Age 74
    He campaigned for Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election.
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    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 69
    Following two minor heart attacks, he had to undergo an emergency quadruple coronary bypass in 1983, after which he was extremely weak.
    More Details Hide Details However, he still managed to continue acting.
  • 1980
    Age 66
    As Lancaster grew older, he became increasingly plagued by atherosclerosis, barely surviving a routine gall bladder operation in January 1980.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 58
    He campaigned heavily for George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, Lancaster joined the fight against AIDS after his close friend, Rock Hudson, contracted the disease.
  • 1968
    Age 54
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Midnight Man was written and directed by both Kibbee and Lancaster, and would be the actor's final film as a producer. In his career, Lancaster produced twenty-three films, directed three and wrote for one. Burt Lancaster appeared in a total of seventeen films produced by his agent Harold Hecht. Eight of these were co-produced by James Hill. He also appeared in eight films produced by Hal B. Wallis and two with producer Mark Hellinger. Although Lancaster's work alongside Kirk Douglas was mostly known as a successful pair of actors, Douglas in fact produced four films for the pair, through his production companies Bryna Productions and Joel Productions. Roland Kibbee also produced three Lancaster films. Lancaster was also cast in two Stanley Kramer productions. Roland Kibbee wrote for seven Lancaster films. Lancaster used make-up veteran Robert Schiffer in twenty credited films, hiring Schiffer on nearly all the films he produced.
  • 1967
    Age 53
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 47
    Hecht went on to produce five films without Lancaster's assistance, through his company Harold Hecht Films Productions between 1961 and 1967, including another Academy Award winner, Cat Ballou, starring Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.
    More Details Hide Details Lancaster and Hecht would reunite twelve years after Birdman of Alcatraz, for what ended up being Hecht's final film, Ulzana's Raid in 1972.
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 46
    The Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions company dissolved in 1960, after Hill ruptured his relation with both Hecht and Lancaster.
    More Details Hide Details Hill went on to produce a single additional film, The Happy Thieves in a new production company, Hillworth Productions, co-owned with his wife Rita Hayworth.
    Additionally Hill-Hecht-Lancaster served as the production company for the 1960-1961 TV series Whiplash.
    More Details Hide Details The "H-H-L" team impressed Hollywood with its success; as Life wrote in 1957, "after the independent production of a baker's dozen of pictures, it has yet to have its first flop... They were also good pictures.)."
  • 1956
    Age 42
    In 1956 Lancaster and Hecht entered the music industry with the companies Hecht-Lancaster & Buzzell Music and Calyork Music.
    More Details Hide Details Hill-Hecht-Lancaster produced seven additional films in the late 1950s; four starring Lancaster; Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Separate Tables (1958), The Devil's Disciple (1959) and The Unforgiven (1960), and three without Lancaster: The Bachelor Party (1956), Take a Giant Step (1959) and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1960).
  • 1955
    Age 41
    In 1955 Hill was made an equal partner in the company and the name was upgraded to Hill-Hecht-Lancaster, releasing their first film in 1956; Trapeze.
    More Details Hide Details Trapeze went on to become the production company's top box office success. Following Trapeze Lancaster worked with Tony Curtis again on Sweet Smell of Success (released in 1957), a co-production between Hill-Hecht-Lancaster and Curtis' own company Curtleigh Productions (co-owned with his wife, Janet Leigh).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Marty was also the first film produced by the company not to feature Lancaster in an acting role. Vera Cruz had been a huge success but Marty secured Hecht-Lancaster as one of the most successful independent production companies in Hollywood at the time.
  • 1954
    Age 40
    Hill co-produced the next two Hecht-Lancaster films; Vera Cruz, released in 1954 and The Kentuckian released in 1955 and directed by Lancaster in his accredited directorial debut.
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    In 1954 Lancaster was hired to star in the Warner Brothers film His Majesty O'Keefe.
    More Details Hide Details This proved to be a turning point for both Lancaster and his company. Lancaster had insisted that the film be produced by Hecht. This gave him the freedom to (unaccreditedly) co-direct the film, his first foray into the position. His Majesty O'Keefe featured a new Hollywood writer on board. James Hill immediately hit it off with Lancaster and Hecht and he was invited to co-produce upcoming Hecht-Lancaster films, giving up his writer position.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Years after his death, documents released by the FBI and his family revealed that Lancaster "had been troubled by bouts of insecurity and depression" and "had an intensely predatory sex life which included many affairs with men." 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. He was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War and political movements such as McCarthyism, and he helped pay for the successful defense of a soldier accused of "fragging" (murdering) another soldier during that war.
  • 1951
    Age 37
    In 1951 the actor/producer duo changed the company's name to Hecht-Lancaster Productions.
    More Details Hide Details The first film under the new name was another swashbuckler: The Crimson Pirate, released in 1952. This was followed by Apache two years later.
  • 1950
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1946
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For a number of years exhibitors voted Lancaster as among the most popular stars: Spanish music group Hombres G released an album named La cagaste, Burt Lancaster (You messed up, Burt Lancaster) in 1986. Thomas Hart Benton painted a movie poster for The Kentuckian, which Burt posed for.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The tall, muscular actor won significant acclaim and appeared in two more films the following year. Subsequently, he played in a variety of films, especially in dramas, thrillers, and military and adventure films. In two, The Flame and the Arrow and The Crimson Pirate, a friend from his circus years, Nick Cravat, played a key supporting role, and both actors impressed audiences with their acrobatic prowess. In 1953, Lancaster played one of his best-remembered roles with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. The American Film Institute acknowledged the iconic status of the scene from that film in which Deborah Kerr and he make love on a Hawaiian beach amid the crashing waves. The organization named it one of "AFI's top 100 Most Romantic Films" of all time. Lancaster won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Actor, a Golden Globe Award, and the New York Film Critics Award for his performance in Elmer Gantry. He followed this with widely diverse roles, including a Nazi war criminal on trial for his life in Judgment at Nuremberg, a convict serving a life sentence in Birdman of Alcatraz, and a proud Italian nobleman in The Leopard. He also played a US Air Force general attempting a coup in the political thriller Seven Days in May.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1943
    Age 29
    He served with General Mark Clark's Fifth Army in Italy from 1943–45.
    More Details Hide Details Although initially unenthusiastic about acting, after returning to New York from his Army service, Lancaster auditioned for a Broadway play and was offered a role. Although Harry Brown's A Sound of Hunting had a run of only three weeks, Lancaster's performance attracted the interest of a Hollywood agent, Harold Hecht and, through him, Lancaster was brought to the attention of producer Hal B. Wallis, who signed him to an eight-movie contract. Lancaster's first filmed movie was Desert Fury.
  • 1942
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 25
    However, in 1939, an injury forced Lancaster to give up the profession, with great regret.
    More Details Hide Details He then found temporary work, first as a salesman for Marshall Fields and then as a singing waiter in various restaurants.
  • 1935
    Age 21
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Born
    Born in 1913.
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