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Burt Lancaster

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Birth Date

November 2, 1913

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Natural hair color

Blonde

Eye color

Blue

Height

6 ft 2 in | 188 cm

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Weight

82 kg | 180 lbs

Shoe size

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Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Burton Stephen Lancaster was born in Manhattan, New York, U.S., on November 2, 1913, was an American actor. Young Burt Lancaster first started performing as a circus acrobat and in local theatre productions in the 1930s. He formed acrobat duo "Lang and Cravat", with Nick Cravat.

He landed his Broadway debut in Harry Brown's play "A Sound of Hunting" (1945) in role as Sgt. Joseph Mooney.

He made his big screen debut and achieved rose to international fame for his role as Pete Lund/Ole "Swede" Anderson in thriller drama film The Killers (1946), with Ava Gardner.

He got his television debut in educational children's series Sesame Street (1969), reciting the alphabet.

He made his directorial debut with Western movie The Kentuckian (1955), he also starred in lead role as Elias Wakefield.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:

Atlantic City (1980) romantic crime in role as Lou Pascal, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) biographical drama in role as Robert Stroud, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

From Here to Eternity (1953) romantic drama in role as First Sergeant Milton Warden

He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Elmer Gantry in drama movie Elmer Gantry (1960).

The Flame and the Arrow (1950) drama with Virginia Mayo and Nick Cravat

The Crimson Pirate (1952) comedy adventure in role as Captain Vallo

Apache (1954) western opposite Charles Bronson

Trapeze (1956) circus drama romance with Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida

The Train (1964) thriller action with Jeanne Moreau

The Leopard (1963) epic period drama with Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon

The Scalphunters (1968) western with Telly Savalas and Shelley Winters

The Rainmaker (1956) romance comedy opposite Katharine Hepburn

He starred in seven films with Kirk Douglas:

Victory at Entebbe (1976) thriller action

Tough Guys (1986) action comedy

Seven Days in May (1964) political thriller

The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) mystery drama

I Walk Alone (1947) drama crime

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) western

The Devil's Disciple (1959) comedy romance

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Gerard Carriere in television miniseries The Phantom of the Opera (1990).

Moses the Lawgiver (1974) television miniseries in role as Moses

He played Shimon Peres in ABC action-drama film Victory at Entebbe (1976).

Marco Polo (1982) NBC miniseries in role as Teobaldo Visconti / Pope Gregory X

On Wings of Eagles (1986) television miniseries in role as Colonel Arthur D. "Bull" Simons

Fathers and Sons: A German Tragedy (1986) television miniseries in role as Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz

The Betrothed (1986) television miniseries in role as Cardinal Federigo Borromeo

Separate but Equal (1991) television miniseries in role as John W. Davis

Facts

Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York (1930).

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

He formed production company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster in 1948, with Harold Hecht, and James Hill.

Was longtime friend with actor Telly Savalas.

Was a big fan of the silent horror film The Unknown (1927).

Burt died on October 20, 1994, Century City, California, United States, at age of 80.

Spouse

He was married to:

Susan Martin Lancaster (1991-1994)

Norma Anderson (1946-1969), they had five children

June Ernst (1935-1946)

Relationships

He dated Shelley Winters (1961), Deborah Kerr (1953) and Gina Lollobrigida.

Quotes

We're all forgotten sooner or later. But not movies. That's all the memorial we should need or hope for.

I woke up one day a star. It was terrifying. Then I worked hard toward becoming a good actor.

Genius is a pretty dangerous thing to have. Genius is too erratic. It's better just to be talented.

I've always wanted to get an education, and tonight's as good a time as any.

I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself, to keep looking for truth and originality.

I feel that I am a good actor.

You have to fight against being an antique.

I did something wrong -- once.

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