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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

Filmography

1946      

The Killers

 

1947      

Brute Force

Desert Fury

 

1948      

I Walk Alone

All My Sons

Sorry, Wrong Number

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

 

1949      

Criss Cross

Rope of Sand

 

1950      

The Flame and the Arrow

Mister 880

 

1951      

Vengeance Valley

Jim Thorpe – All-American

Ten Tall Men

 

1952      

The Crimson Pirate

Come Back, Little Sheba

 

1953      

South Sea Woman

From Here to Eternity

Three Sailors and a Girl

 

1954      

His Majesty O’Keefe

Apache

Vera Cruz

 

1955      

The Kentuckian

The Rose Tattoo

 

1956      

Trapeze

The Rainmaker

 

1957      

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Sweet Smell of Success

 

1958      

Run Silent, Run Deep

Separate Tables

 

1959      

The Devil’s Disciple

 

1960      

The Unforgiven

Elmer Gantry

 

1961      

The Young Savages

Judgment at Nuremberg

 

1962      

Birdman of Alcatraz

 

1963      

A Child Is Waiting

The Leopard

The List of Adrian Messenger

 

1964      

Seven Days in May

The Train

 

1965      

The Hallelujah Trail

 

1966      

The Professionals

 

1967      

All About People

 

1968      

The Scalphunters

The Swimmer

 

1969      

Jenny is a Good Thing

Castle Keep

The Gypsy Moths

 

1970      

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis

Airport

 

1971      

Lawman

Valdez Is Coming

 

1972      

Ulzana’s Raid

 

1973      

Scorpio

Executive Action

 

1974      

The Midnight Man

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece)

 

1976      

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

1900 (Novecento)

The Cassandra Crossing

 

1977      

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

The Island of Dr. Moreau

 

1978      

Go Tell the Spartans

The Unknown War

 

1979      

Zulu Dawn

 

1980      

Atlantic City

 

1981      

Cattle Annie and Little Britches

La pelle

 

1983      

Local Hero

The Osterman Weekend

 

1985      

Little Treasure

 

1986      

Tough Guys

 

1987      

Il Giorno prima aka Control

 

1988      

Rocket Gibraltar

 

1989      

Field of Dreams

La Bottega dell’orefice

Awards

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: http:www.doctormacro.com. 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