Burt Lancaster (1913–1994)


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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

From Here to Eternity Sgt. Milton Warden
(1953)
Sweet Smell of Success J.J. Hunsecker
(1957)
Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry
(1960)
(1980)

Filmography

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 1991 Separate But Equal (TV Mini Series)
John W. Davis
- Separate But Equal: Part Two (1991) ... John W. Davis
- Separate But Equal: Part One (1991) ... John W. Davis
 1990 Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (TV Movie)
Leon Klinghoffer
 1990 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Mini Series)
Gérard Carrière
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Gérard Carrière
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Gérard Carrière
 1989 The Betrothed (TV Mini Series)
Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Cardinal Federigo Borromeo
 1989 Field of Dreams
Dr. 'Moonlight' Graham
 1988 The Jeweller's Shop
The Jeweller
 1988 Rocket Gibraltar
Levi Rockwell
 1987 Control
Dr. Herbert Monroe
 1986 Väter und Söhne - Eine deutsche Tragödie (TV Mini Series)
Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz
- Der Konzern (1923-1929) (1986) ... Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz
- Lieb Vaterland... (1911-1916) (1986) ... Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz
 1986 Tough Guys
Harry Doyle
 1986 Barnum (TV Movie)
Phineas Taylor 'P.T.' Barnum
 1986 On Wings of Eagles (TV Mini Series)
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. 'Bull' Simons
- Part II (1986) ... Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. 'Bull' Simons
- Part I (1986) ... Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. 'Bull' Simons
 1985 Little Treasure
Delbert Teschemacher
 1985 Scandal Sheet (TV Movie)
Harold Fallen
 1983 The Osterman Weekend
Maxwell Danforth
 1983 Local Hero
Felix Happer
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini Series)
Teobaldo Visconti - Pope Gregory X
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Teobaldo Visconti - Pope Gregory X
 1982 Verdi (TV Mini Series)
Narrator
- Il vecchio mago (1982) ... Narrator (American version, voice)
- Celeste Aida (1982) ... Narrator (American version, voice)
- Gli anni difficili (1982) ... Narrator (American version, voice)
- La Signora Verdi (1982) ... Narrator (American version, voice)
- Inventare il vero (1982) ... Narrator (American version, voice)
 1981 The Skin
Gen. Mark Clark
 1980 Atlantic City
Lou
 1979 Zulu Dawn
Col. Durnford
 1978 Go Tell the Spartans
Maj. Asa Barker
 1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau
Dr. Paul Moreau
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Gen. Lawrence Dell
 1976 The Cassandra Crossing
Mackenzie
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
Shimon Peres
 1976 1900
Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder
 1974 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini Series)
Moses
- Part VI (1974) ... Moses
- Part V (1974) ... Moses
- Part IV (1974) ... Moses
- Part III (1974) ... Moses
- Part II (1974) ... Moses
 1974 Conversation Piece
Il Professore
 1974 The Midnight Man
Jim Slade
 1973 Executive Action
James Farrington
 1973 Scorpio
Cross
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
McIntosh
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
Valdez
 1971 Lawman
Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox
 1970 Airport
Mel Bakersfeld
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Mike Rettig
 1969 Castle Keep
Maj. Abraham Falconer
 1968 The Swimmer
Ned Merrill
 1968 The Scalphunters
Joe Bass
 1966 The Professionals
Dolworth
 1965 The Hallelujah Trail
Col. Thaddeus Gearhart
 1964 The Train
Paul Labiche
 1964 Seven Days in May
Gen. James Mattoon Scott
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
Animal Rights Protester
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Dr. Matthew Clark
 1963 The Leopard
Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz
Robert Franklin Stroud
 1961 Judgment at Nuremberg
Dr. Ernst Janning
 1961 The Young Savages
Hank Bell
 1960 Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry
 1960 The Unforgiven
Ben Zachary
 1959 The Devil's Disciple
The Rev. Anthony Anderson
 1958 Separate Tables
John Malcolm
 1958 Run Silent Run Deep
Lt. Jim Bledsoe
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
J.J. Hunsecker
 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Wyatt Earp
 1956 The Rainmaker
Bill Starbuck
 1956 Trapeze
Mike Ribble
 1955 The Rose Tattoo
Alvaro Mangiacavallo
 1955 The Kentuckian
Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
 1954 Vera Cruz
Joe Erin
 1954 Apache
Massai
 1954 His Majesty O'Keefe
Capt. David Dion O'Keefe / Narrator
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Marine (uncredited)
 1953 From Here to Eternity
Sgt. Milton Warden
 1953 South Sea Woman
Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn
 1952 Come Back, Little Sheba
Doc Delaney
 1952 The Crimson Pirate
Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate)
 1951 Ten Tall Men
Sgt. Mike Kincaid
 1951 Jim Thorpe -- All-American
Jim Thorpe
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Owen Daybright
 1950 Mister 880
Steve Buchanan
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow
Dardo Bartoli
 1949 Rope of Sand
Mike Davis
 1949 Criss Cross
Steve Thompson
 1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
William Earle 'Bill' Saunders
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
Henry J. Stevenson
 1948 All My Sons
Chris Keller
 1947 I Walk Alone
Frankie Madison
 1947 Variety Girl
Burt Lancaster
 1947 Desert Fury
Tom Hanson
 1947 Brute Force
Joe Collins
 1946 The Killers
Ole 'Swede' Anderson
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Appeared (as "Swede Anderson") in a "Screen Directors Playhouse" broadcast of "The Killers". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lancaster

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Susan Martin  (his death) | See more »

Children:

James Stephen | See more »

Parents:

Roberts, Elizabeth | Lancaster, James Henry
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[In 1984 about his career] When I think of my least favorite, I think of Rope of Sand (1949). I did that thing under great duress. I hated it. See more »

Trivia:

One of his demands was that he have a high bar set up on sets and locations so he could perform acrobatics and stay in shape. See more »

Trademark:

A killer smile, which he called "The Grin" See more »

Nickname:

Mr Muscles and Teeth

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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