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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameNicolas Cuccia
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Long-time circus acrobatic partner of Burt Lancaster (performing as "Lang & Cravat") may have been short on stature, but he was big on athletic prowess and highly enjoyable to watch on-screen. According to reports, Cravat was as strong as a bull. When he lost his cool, it took several men to hold him back. Cravat appeared with Lancaster in nine films. The best remembered were The Flame and the Arrow (1950) with Cravat playing Piccolo, and The Crimson Pirate (1952) with Cravat as Ojo. Another of Cravat's key roles was as the aircraft-eating gremlin terrorizing nervy passenger William Shatner on The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) in the episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Interestingly, Cravat & Lancaster both passed away in 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Trivia (3)

Long-time acrobatic partner of Burt Lancaster.
In the films The Flame and the Arrow (1950) and The Crimson Pirate (1952), he played characters that were mute. This was because he spoke with a very thick Brooklyn accent that he could not shake, and it would have been wildly out of place in such period costume dramas.
Before his Hollywood acting carrier Nick Cravat also worked in the circus with one Kurt Funk in a rolla-bolla duo act known as the Saxons. He and Kurt partnered with Burt Lancaster in a perch-pole Balancing act where Nick, as bottom man, balanced Burt and Kurt on his forehead atop a ten foot perch-pole.

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