Burt Lancaster

Highest Rated: 100% Local Hero (1983)
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
40% 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
No Score Yet Go Tell the Spartans Maj. Asa Barker 1978
53% 1900 (Novecento) Alfredo Berlinghieri (grandfather) 1977
54% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau 1977
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming Lawrence Dell 1977
25% The Cassandra Crossing MacKenzie 1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe Shimon Peres 1976
77% 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
75% Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno) Professor 1974
57% Executive Action Farrington 1973
67% The Scorpio File Cross 1973
86% Ulzana's Raid McIntosh 1972
71% 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
100% The Train Labiche 1965
91% Seven Days in May Gen. James M. Scott 1964
98% The Leopard Prince Don Fabrizio Salina 1963
64% 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
93% 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
71% 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
75% 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

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