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Burt Lancaster

Best know for his role in From Here To Eternity and his Academy Award winning role in Elmer Gantry.

Burt Lancaster



The Killers



Brute Force

Desert Fury



I Walk Alone

All My Sons

Sorry, Wrong Number

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands



Criss Cross

Rope of Sand



The Flame and the Arrow

Mister 880



Vengeance Valley

Jim Thorpe – All-American

Ten Tall Men



The Crimson Pirate

Come Back, Little Sheba



South Sea Woman

From Here to Eternity

Three Sailors and a Girl



His Majesty O’Keefe


Vera Cruz



The Kentuckian

The Rose Tattoo




The Rainmaker



Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Sweet Smell of Success



Run Silent, Run Deep

Separate Tables



The Devil’s Disciple



The Unforgiven

Elmer Gantry



The Young Savages

Judgment at Nuremberg



Birdman of Alcatraz



A Child Is Waiting

The Leopard

The List of Adrian Messenger



Seven Days in May

The Train



The Hallelujah Trail



The Professionals



All About People



The Scalphunters

The Swimmer



Jenny is a Good Thing

Castle Keep

The Gypsy Moths



King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis





Valdez Is Coming



Ulzana’s Raid




Executive Action



The Midnight Man

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece)



Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson

1900 (Novecento)

The Cassandra Crossing



Twilight’s Last Gleaming

The Island of Dr. Moreau



Go Tell the Spartans

The Unknown War



Zulu Dawn



Atlantic City



Cattle Annie and Little Britches

La pelle



Local Hero

The Osterman Weekend



Little Treasure



Tough Guys



Il Giorno prima aka Control



Rocket Gibraltar



Field of Dreams

La Bottega dell’orefice


Burt Lancaster was nominated for four Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won one.

Most people seem to think I’m the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually I’m bookish and worrisome. ~ Burt Lancaster

 Burton Stephen “Burt” Lancaster was born November 2, 1913 in Manhattan, New York City, at his parents’ home. Lancaster was the son of Elizabeth (née Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, who was a mailman.

Lancaster grew up in East Harlem and spent much of his time on the streets, where he developed great interest and skill in gymnastics while attending DeWitt Clinton High School, where he was a basketball star. Before he graduated from DeWitt Clinton, his mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Lancaster was accepted by New York University with an athletic scholarship, but subsequently dropped out.

At the age of 19, Lancaster met Nick Cravat, with whom he developed a lifelong partnership. Together they learned to act in local theatre productions and circus arts at Union Settlement, one of the city’s oldest settlement houses. They formed the acrobat duo Lang and Cravat in the 1930s and soon joined the Kay Brothers circus. However, in 1939, an injury forced Lancaster to give up the profession, with great regret. He then found temporary work, first as a salesman for Marshall Fields and then as a singing waiter in various restaurants.

The United States having then entered World War II, Lancaster joined the United States Army in 1942 and performed with the Army’s Twenty-First Special Services Division, one of the military groups organized to follow the troops on the ground and provide USO entertainment to keep up morale. He served with General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army in Italy from 1943–45.

Although initially unenthusiastic about acting, after returning to New York from his Army service, Lancaster auditioned for a Broadway play and was offered a role. Although Harry Brown’s A Sound of Hunting had a run of only three weeks, Lancaster’s performance attracted the interest of a Hollywood agent, Harold Hecht and, through him, Lancaster was brought to the attention of producer Hal B. Wallis, who signed him to an eight-movie contract. Lancaster’s first filmed movie was Desert Fury. Fortunately for Lancaster, producer Mark Hellinger approached him to star in The Killers, in 1946, which was completed and released prior to Desert Fury and to great critical success.

The tall, muscular actor won significant acclaim and appeared in two more films the following year. Subsequently, he played in a variety of films, especially in dramas, thrillers, and military and adventure films. In two, The Flame and the Arrow and The Crimson Pirate, his friend from his circus years, Nick Cravat, played a key supporting role, and both actors impressed audiences with their acrobatic prowess.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, shown here in a famous scene still from the 1953 Academy Award®-winning film "From Here to Eternity," both received Oscar® nominations for their roles in the film.  Lancaster was nominated in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Sgt. Milton Warden while Kerr received a Best Actress nomination for her role of "Karen Holmes." The film received 13 nominations in total and won eight Oscars® including Best Picture. Restored by Nick & jane for Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans Website: Enjoy!

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, shown here in a famous scene still from the 1953 Academy Award®-winning film “From Here to Eternity,”

In 1953, Lancaster played one of his best-remembered roles with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. The American Film Institute acknowledged the iconic status of the scene from that film in which Deborah Kerr and he make love on a Hawaiian beach amid the crashing waves. The organization named it one of “AFI’s top 100 Most Romantic Films” of all time.

Lancaster won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Actor, a Golden Globe Award, and the New York Film Critics Award for his performance in Elmer Gantry. He followed this with widely diverse roles, including a Nazi war criminal on trial for his life in Judgment at Nuremberg, a convict serving a life sentence in Birdman of Alcatraz, and a proud Italian nobleman in The Leopard. He also played a US Air Force general attempting a coup in the political thriller Seven Days in May.

In 1966, at the age of 52, Lancaster appeared nude in director Frank Perry’s film, The Swimmer. Prior to working on The Swimmer, Lancaster was terrified o