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Burt Lancaster (1913–1994)


Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. 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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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 1991 Separate But Equal (TV Movie)
John W. Davis
 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
Colonel Stephen Mackenzie
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
Shimon Peres
 1974 Conversation Piece
Il Professore
 1974 The Midnight Man
Jim Slade
 1974 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini-Series)
Moses
- Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Moses
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Moses
 1973 Executive Action
James Farrington
 1973 Scorpio
Cross
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
McIntosh
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Mike Rettig
 1969 Castle Keep
Maj. Abraham Falconer
 1968 The Scalphunters
Joe Bass
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
Cameo ((as animal rights protester)
 1961 The Young Savages
Hank Bell
 1956 The Rainmaker
Bill Starbuck
 1955 The Kentuckian
Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
 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
 1947 Desert Fury
Tom Hanson
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Other Works:

(11/11/48) Radio: Appeared (as "Chris Keller") in a "Screen Guild Theater" broadcast of "All My Sons". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Hecht Hill and Lancaster | Lancaster

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Montgomery Clift on From Here to Eternity (1953)] The only time I was ever really afraid as an actor was that first scene with Clift. It was my scene, understand: I was the sergeant, I gave the orders, he was just a private under me. Well, when we started, I couldn't stop my knees from shaking. I thought they might have to stop because my trembling would show. I was afraid he was... See more »

Trivia:

Took a pay cut to make Castle Keep (1969), which he intended to be the ultimate anti-war film and an allegory for the Vietnam conflict. See more »

Trademark:

Roles in westerns See more »

Nickname:

Mr Muscles and Teeth

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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