November 2, 1913
October 20, 1994
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
82 kg | 180 lbs
Burton Stephen Lancaster was born in Manhattan, New York, U.S., on November 2, 1913, was an American actor.
Young Burt Lancaster first started performing as a circus acrobat and in local theatre productions in the 1930s.
He formed acrobat duo "Lang and Cravat", with Nick Cravat.
He landed his Broadway debut in Harry Brown's play "A Sound of Hunting" (1945) in role as Sgt. Joseph Mooney.
He made his big screen debut and achieved rose to international fame for his role as Pete Lund/Ole "Swede" Anderson in thriller drama film The Killers (1946), with Ava Gardner.
He got his television debut in educational children's series Sesame Street (1969), reciting the alphabet.
He made his directorial debut with Western movie The Kentuckian (1955), he also starred in lead role as Elias Wakefield.
He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:
Atlantic City (1980) romantic crime in role as Lou Pascal, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) biographical drama in role as Robert Stroud, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
From Here to Eternity (1953) romantic drama in role as First Sergeant Milton Warden
He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Elmer Gantry in drama movie Elmer Gantry (1960).
The Flame and the Arrow (1950) drama with Virginia Mayo and Nick Cravat
The Crimson Pirate (1952) comedy adventure in role as Captain Vallo
Apache (1954) western opposite Charles Bronson
Trapeze (1956) circus drama romance with Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida
The Train (1964) thriller action with Jeanne Moreau
The Leopard (1963) epic period drama with Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon
The Scalphunters (1968) western with Telly Savalas and Shelley Winters
The Rainmaker (1956) romance comedy opposite Katharine Hepburn
He starred in seven films with Kirk Douglas:
Victory at Entebbe (1976) thriller action
Tough Guys (1986) action comedy
Seven Days in May (1964) political thriller
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) mystery drama
I Walk Alone (1947) drama crime
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) western
The Devil's Disciple (1959) comedy romance
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Gerard Carriere in television miniseries The Phantom of the Opera (1990).
Moses the Lawgiver (1974) television miniseries in role as Moses
He played Shimon Peres in ABC action-drama film Victory at Entebbe (1976).
Marco Polo (1982) NBC miniseries in role as Teobaldo Visconti / Pope Gregory X
On Wings of Eagles (1986) television miniseries in role as Colonel Arthur D. "Bull" Simons
Fathers and Sons: A German Tragedy (1986) television miniseries in role as Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz
The Betrothed (1986) television miniseries in role as Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
Separate but Equal (1991) television miniseries in role as John W. Davis
Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York (1930).
He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
He formed production company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster in 1948, with Harold Hecht, and James Hill.
Was longtime friend with actor Telly Savalas.
Was a big fan of the silent horror film The Unknown (1927).
Burt died on October 20, 1994, Century City, California, United States, at age of 80.
He was married to:
Susan Martin Lancaster (1991-1994)
Norma Anderson (1946-1969), they had five children
June Ernst (1935-1946)
He dated Shelley Winters (1961), Deborah Kerr (1953) and Gina Lollobrigida.