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Burt Lancaster (1913–1994)


Burt Lancaster was one of five children born to a New York City postal worker. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured. It was in the Army during WW II that he was introduced to the USO and acting. His first film was The Killers (1946), and that ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1991 Separate But Equal (TV Movie)
John W. Davis
 1990 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Movie)
Gerard Carriere
 1989 The Betrothed (TV Mini-Series)
Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
 1989 The Jeweller's Shop
The Jeweller
 1989 Cops (TV Series)
Announcer
- Broward Country, Florida (1989) ... Announcer
 1988 Rocket Gibraltar
Levi Rockwell
 1987 Control
Dr. Herbert Monroe
 1985 Little Treasure
Delbert Teschemacher
 1985 Scandal Sheet (TV Movie)
Harold Fallen
 1983 The Osterman Weekend
Maxwell Danforth
 1982 Verdi (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator in American version / Narrator
- Il vecchio mago (1982) ... Narrator in American version (voice)
- Celeste Aida (1982) ... Narrator in American version (voice)
- Gli anni difficili (1982) ... Narrator in American version (voice)
- La Signora Verdi (1982) ... Narrator in American version (voice)
- Inventare il vero (1982) ... Narrator in American version (voice)
 1981 La pelle
Gen. Mark Clark
 1980 Atlantic City
Lou
 1978 Go Tell the Spartans
Maj. Asa Barker
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Gen. Lawrence Dell
 1976 The Cassandra Crossing
Mackenzie
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
Shimon Peres
 1976 1900
Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder
 1974 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini-Series)
Moses
 1974 Conversation Piece
Il Professore
 1974 The Midnight Man
Jim Slade
 1973 Executive Action
James Farrington
 1973 Scorpio
Cross
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
McIntosh
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
Valdez
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Mike Rettig
 1969 Castle Keep
Maj. Abraham Falconer
 1968 The Scalphunters
Joe Bass
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator
 1961 The Young Savages
Hank Bell
 1956 The Rainmaker
Bill Starbuck
 1956 Trapeze
Mike Ribble
 1955 The Kentuckian
Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
 1954 Red Skelton Revue (TV Series)
Guest (Old West Sketch)
- Episode #1.2 (1954) ... Guest (Old West Sketch)
 1954 Apache
Massai
 1954 His Majesty O'Keefe
Capt. David Dion O'Keefe / Narrator
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Marine (uncredited)
 1953 South Sea Woman
Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn
 1952 The Crimson Pirate
Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
 1951 Ten Tall Men
Sergeant Mike Kincaid
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Owen Daybright
 1950 Mister 880
Steve Buchanan
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow
Dardo Bartoli
 1949 Rope of Sand
Mike Davis
 1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
William Earle 'Bill' Saunders
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
Henry J. Stevenson
 1948 I Walk Alone
Frankie Madison
 1947 Desert Fury
Tom Hanson
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Other Works:

(9/9/48) Radio: Appeared in a "Suspense" production of "The Big Shot". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Hecht Hill and Lancaster | Lancaster

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Kirk Douglas] We both came from, sort of, well, shall we say, humble beginnings. We were both young, brash, cocky, arrogant. We knew everything, were highly opinionated. We were invincible. Nobody liked us. See more »

Trivia:

One of the very few humanitarian causes he publicly associated himself with was AIDS research. In 1985 he read out a letter from Rock Hudson announcing he was dying of AIDS, although there was later some controversy as to whether the letter had been written by Rock or his secretary (in a 2010 Paley Center for Media documentary about gay visibility on TV, writer Bruce Vilanch said that he had ... See more »

Trademark:

A killer smile, which he called "The Grin" See more »

Nickname:

Mr Muscles and Teeth

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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