Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster

Highest Rated: 100% Local Hero (1983)

Lowest Rated: 30% The Cassandra Crossing (1977)

Birthday: Nov 2, 1913

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Rugged, athletic, and handsome, Burt Lancaster enjoyed phenomenal success from his first film, The Killers, to his last, Field of Dreams -- over a career spanning more than four decades. Boasting an impressively wide range, he delivered thoughtful, sensitive performances across a spectrum of genres: from film noir to Westerns to melodrama, he commanded the screen with a presence and power matched by only a handful of stars.Lancaster was born November 2, 1913, in New York City. As a child, he exhibited considerable athletic and acrobatic prowess, and at the age of 17 joined a circus troupe, forming a duo with the diminutive performer Nick Cravat (later to frequently serve as his onscreen sidekick). He eventually joined the army, and, after acting and dancing in a number of armed forces revues, he decided to pursue a dramatic career. Upon hiring an agent, Harold Hecht, Lancaster made his Broadway debut in A Sound of Hunting, a role which led to a contract with Paramount. Because the release of his first picture, Desert Fury, was delayed, he initially came to the attention of audiences in 1946's The Killers, a certified classic of film noir. It remained the genre of choice in several of his subsequent projects, including 1947's Brute Force and I Walk Alone the following year.After starring as Barbara Stanwyck's cheating husband in Sorry, Wrong Number, Lancaster and his manager formed their own production company, Hecht-Lancaster, the first notable star-owned venture of its kind; more were to follow, and they contributed significantly to the ultimate downfall of the old studio system. Its formation was a result of Lancaster's conscious effort to avoid "beefcake" roles, instead seeking projects which spotlighted his versatility as a performer. While the company's first effort, the war melodrama Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, was not a success, they were nonetheless able to secure enough financial backing to break off completely from the mainstream Hollywood system. Still, Lancaster also continued to appear in studio productions. In 1949, he reunited with The Killers director Robert Siodmak at Universal for another excellent noir, Criss Cross, followed by Rope of Sand. He also signed a non-exclusive contract with Warner Bros., where he and Hecht produced 1950's The Flame and the Arrow, a swashbuckler which was his first major box-office success. After producing Ten Tall Men with Hecht, Lancaster starred in the MGM Western Vengeance Valley, followed by the biopic Jim Thorpe -- All American. With Siodmak again directing, he next headlined the 1952 adventure spoof The Crimson Pirate, followed by Daniel Mann's Come Back, Little Sheba opposite Oscar-winner Shirley Booth. A minor effort, South Sea Woman, followed in 1953 before Lancaster starred in the Fred Zinnemann classic From Here to Eternity, earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance and, in his beachside rendezvous with co-star Deborah Kerr, creating one of the most indelible images in film history. Another swashbuckler, His Majesty O'Keefe, followed, and under director Robert Aldrich the actor headlined a pair of Westerns, Apache and Vera Cruz. Finally, in 1955, Lancaster realized a long-held dream and helmed his own film, The Kentuckian; reviews were negative, however, and he did not return to the director's chair for another two decades.Again working with Mann, Lancaster co-starred with another Oscar winner, Anna Magnani, in 1955's The Rose Tattoo. Opposite Tony Curtis, he appeared in the 1956 hit Trapeze, and, with Katherine Hepburn, headlined The Rainmaker later that same year. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a blockbuster featuring Lancaster as Wyatt Earp, followed, as did the acclaimed The Sweet Smell of Success. With Clark Gable, Lancaster starred in 1958's Run Silent, Run Deep, followed by Separate Tables. For 1960's Elmer Gantry, he won an Academy Award for his superb portrayal of the title character, a disreputable evangelist, and a year later co-starred in

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Fighters Actor 2014
No Score Yet NFL Films Classics: Big Game America Actor 2008
83% Separate But Equal John W. Davis 1991
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Gerard Carriere 1990
No Score Yet Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair Leon Klinghoffer 1990
No Score Yet The Jeweller's Shop The Jeweller 1989
86% Field of Dreams Dr. "Moonlight" Graham 1989
No Score Yet Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs Narrator 1989
No Score Yet Rocket Gibraltar Levi Rockwell 1988
No Score Yet Control Dr. Herbert Monroe 1987
No Score Yet Barnum Phineas T. Barnum 1986
57% Tough Guys Archie Long 1986
No Score Yet On Wings of Eagles "Bull" Simons 1986
No Score Yet Little Treasure Teschemacher 1985
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Harold Fallen 1985
44% The Osterman Weekend Maxwell Danforth 1983
100% Local Hero Felix Happer 1983
84% The Thing Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Life of Verdi Introductions/Narration (U.S. Version) 1982
No Score Yet La Pelle Gen. Mark Clark 1981
No Score Yet Cattle Annie and Little Britches Bill Doolin 1981
100% Atlantic City Lou 1980
57% Zulu Dawn Col. Anthony Durnford 1979
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
60% Go Tell the Spartans Maj. Asa Barker 1978
53% 1900 (Novecento) Alfredo Berlinghieri (grandfather) 1977
56% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau 1977
80% Twilight's Last Gleaming Lawrence Dell 1977
30% The Cassandra Crossing MacKenzie 1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe Shimon Peres 1976
67% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson The Legend Maker (Ned Buntline) 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
No Score Yet Moses Moses 1975
No Score Yet Ali the Fighter Actor 1975
78% Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno) Professor 1974
No Score Yet The Midnight Man Producer Jim Slade Director Screenwriter 1974
63% Executive Action Farrington 1973
67% The Scorpio File Cross 1973
89% Ulzana's Raid McIntosh 1972
63% Lawman Jared Maddox 1971
No Score Yet Valdez Is Coming Bob Valdez 1971
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Guest 1970
73% Airport Mel Bakersfeld 1970
No Score Yet The Gypsy Moths Mike Rettig 1969
38% Castle Keep Maj. Abraham Falconer 1969
100% The Swimmer Ned Merrill 1968
70% The Scalphunters Joe Bass 1968
88% The Professionals Bill Dolworth 1966
No Score Yet The Hallelujah Trail Thadeus 1965
92% The Train Labiche 1965
91% Seven Days in May Gen. James M. Scott 1964
98% The Leopard Prince Don Fabrizio Salina 1963
67% The List of Adrian Messenger Woman 1963
92% A Child Is Waiting Dr. Matthew Clark 1963
86% Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Franklin Stroud 1962
91% Judgment at Nuremberg Ernst Janning 1961
50% The Young Savages Hank Bell 1961
94% Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry 1960
No Score Yet The Unforgiven Ben Zachary 1960
No Score Yet Take a Giant Step Executive Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Devil's Disciple The Rev. Anthony Anderson 1959
73% Separate Tables John Malcolm 1958
100% Run Silent, Run Deep Lt. Jim Bledsoe 1958
98% Sweet Smell of Success J.J. Hunsecker 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Wyatt Earp 1957
No Score Yet The Rainmaker Bill Starbuck/Bill Smith/Bill Harley/Tornado Johnson 1956
67% Trapeze Mike Ribble 1956
80% The Rose Tattoo Alvaro Mangiacavallo 1955
No Score Yet The Kentuckian Director Elias Wakefield 1955
100% Marty Producer 1955
83% Vera Cruz Producer Joe Erin 1954
78% Apache Massai 1954
No Score Yet His Majesty O'Keefe Capt. David O'Keefe 1954
92% From Here to Eternity Sgt. Milton Warden 1953
No Score Yet South Sea Woman Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn 1953
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl Marine 1953
86% Come Back, Little Sheba Doc Delaney 1952
100% The Crimson Pirate Capt. Vallo 1952
No Score Yet Ten Tall Men Sgt. Mike Kincaid 1951
No Score Yet Jim Thorpe---All American Jim Thorpe 1951
100% Vengeance Valley Owen Daybright 1951
No Score Yet Mister 880 Steve Buchanan 1950
100% The Flame and the Arrow Dardo Bartoli 1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand Mike Davis 1949
100% Criss Cross Steve Thompson 1949
No Score Yet Kiss the Blood Off My Hands William Earle 'Bill' Saunders 1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Henry Stevenson 1948
No Score Yet All My Sons Chris Keller 1948
No Score Yet I Walk Alone Frankie Madison 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
57% Desert Fury (Desert Town) Tom Hanson 1947
91% Brute Force Joe Collins 1947
100% The Killers Ole "Swede" Anderson 1946

TV

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No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Voice 1996
1971
1970
1969

QUOTES FROM Burt Lancaster CHARACTERS

Lou says: I'm the one who killed those guys. And you're next.

Ned says: Ned (toasting to Julie): Here's to the sugar on the strawberries.

Ned says: Here's to the sugar on the strawberries.

J.J. Hunsecker says: I'd hate to take a bite out of you.You're like a cookie full of arsenic

J.J. Hunsecker says: I'd hate to take a bite out of you.You're like a cookie full of arsenic.

Capt. Jesus Raza says: You want perfection, or nothing. The revolution was never perfect. We fight because we believe, we leave because we are disilliusioned, we return because we are lost, we die because we are committed.

Bill Dolworth says: To die for a woman is even more foolish, any woman, even her.

Bill Dolworth says: My word to Grant 'aint worth a plug nickle.

Rico (Henry Fardan) says: You gave your word to me.

Hans Ehrengard says: Mr Grant, I can make 'em go, but I can't make 'em do.

Bob Valdez says: 100 dollars!

J.J. Hunsecker says: Everybody knows Manny Davis ;except Mrs. Manny Davis

J.J. Hunsecker says: Everyone knows Manny Davis... except Mrs. Manny Davis.

Big Eli says: We're gonna live it bold.

Ernst Janning says: My counsel would have you believe that we were not aware of the extermination of millions. That we were only aware of the extermination of the hundreds. Does that make us any the less guilty? Maybe we didn't know the details. But if we didn't know, it was because we did not want to know.

Emil Hahn says: Traitor! Traitor!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Order, order! Put that man back in his seat and keep him there!

Ernst Janning says: am going to tell the truth if the whole world conspires against it. I am going to tell them the truth about their Ministry of Justice. Werner Lampe â?? an old man who cries into his Bible now. An old man who profited from the property expropriation of every man he sent to a concentration camp. Friedrich Hofstetter â?? the butcher who knew how to take orders, who sent men before him to be sterilized like so many digits. Emil Hahn â?? the decayed, corrupt bigot, obsessed by the evil within himself. And Ernst Janning â?? worse than any of them, because he knew what they were, and he went along with them. Ernst Janning â?? who made his life...excrement... because he walked with them.

Ernst Janning says: I am going to tell the truth if the whole world conspires against it. I am going to tell them the truth about their Ministry of Justice. Werner Lampe an old man who cries into his Bible now. An old man who profited from the property expropriation of every man he sent to a concentration camp. Friedrich Hofstetter â?? the butcher who knew how to take orders, who sent men before him to be sterilized like so many digits. Emil Hahn the decayed, corrupt bigot, obsessed by the evil within himself. And Ernst Janning worse than any of them, because he knew what they were, and he went along with them. Ernst Janning who made his life...excrement... because he walked with them.

Ernst Janning says: We have fallen on happy times, Herr Hahn. In old times it would have made your day if I'd deigned to say good morning to you. Now that we are here in this place together... you feel obliged to tell me what to do with my life... Listen to me, Herr Hahn, there have been terrible things that have happened to me in my life. But the worst thing that has ever happened... is to find myself in the company of men like you.

Ernst Janning says: Judge Haywood... the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people... I never knew it would come to that. You must believe it, you must believe it!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Janning, it "came to that" the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Janning, it 'came to that' the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.

McIntosh says: I'm not about to try and educate an Apache about horse apples, Lieutenant

McIntosh says: I'm not about to try and educate an Apache about horse apples, Lieutenant.

Elmer Gantry says: Well, as long as I got a foot, I'll kick booze. And as long as I got a fist, I'll punch it. And as long as I got a tooth, I'll bite it.

Elmer Gantry says: And when I'm old and gray and toothless and bootless, I'll gum it till I go to heaven and booze goes to hell.

J.J. Hunsecker says: You're dead son, go get yourself buried

J.J. Hunsecker says: You're dead, son. Get yourself buried.

Lou says: Put your makeup on put your hair up pretty and I ll meet you tonight in Atlantic City.

Lou says: Put your makeup on, put your hair up pretty, and I'll meet you tonight in Atlantic City.

Jeanne says: Yes

Jeanne says: Yes.

J.J. Hunsecker says: "My right hand hasn't seen my left hand in thirty years."

J.J. Hunsecker says: My right hand hasn't seen my left hand in thirty years.

J.J. Hunsecker says: Match me, Sidney.

Lou says: Yes, it used to be beautiful -- what with the rackets, whoring, guns.