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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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From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity Sgt. Milton Warden
Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg Dr. Ernst Janning
Atlantic City
The Leopard
The Leopard Prince Don Fabrizio Salina


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 1991 Separate But Equal (TV Mini-Series)
John W. Davis
 1989 Cops (TV Series)
- Broward Country, Florida (1989) ... Announcer
 1988 The Jeweller's Shop
The Jeweller
 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
 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
 1974-1975 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Moses
- Episode #1.6 (1974) ... Moses
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Moses
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Moses
- Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Moses
 1974 Conversation Piece
Il Professore
 1974 The Midnight Man
Jim Slade
 1973 Executive Action
James Farrington
 1973 Scorpio
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Mike Rettig
 1969 Castle Keep
Maj. Abraham Falconer
 1968 The Scalphunters
Joe Bass
 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
 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:

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

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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


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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A self-described "Kennedy man", Lancaster dined with President John F. Kennedy at the White House. He delayed the release of Seven Days in May (1964) when the President was assassinated, and later joined fellow liberal activists Robert Ryan and Will Geer in starring in Executive Action (1973), the first Kennedy assassination conspiracy movie. Its "real purpose", Lancaster stated, was "to make ... See more »


A great physique, of which director John Frankenheimer said, "Nobody ever looked like Burt Lancaster in The Crimson Pirate (1952) ." See more »


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