Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster

Highest Rated: 100% The Killers (1946)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Kentuckian (1955)

Birthday: Nov 02, 1913

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Fame came to Burt Lancaster with his first film role, as the doomed Swede in Universal's "The Killers" (1946), but the former circus acrobat knew better than to leave his career in other hands. After less than two years in Hollywood, Lancaster formed his own production company and took the lead in such popular successes as the Technicolor swashbucklers "The Flame and the Arrow" (1950) and "The Crimson Pirate" (1952) and the noble failure "Sweet Smell of Success" (1959), later called one the greatest films of all time. The athletic, savvy but passionate Lancaster remained a box office draw for 20 years, winning a 1961 Academy Award for playing the corrupt evangelist "Elmer Gantry" (1960), but his power to pull in moviegoers waned with the death of the studio system and his own disinterest in acting the Hollywood hero. Lancaster took chances in such challenging films as "The Swimmer" (1968), "Castle Keep" (1969) and "Ulzana's Raid" (1972) while his best work through the next decade was often in European features like "1900" (1976) and "Atlantic City" (1980), which netted him an Oscar nomination. In his later years, the actor was better known to younger Americans from TV spots for MCI, the ACLU, and AIDS research, and for his final film role in the hit "Field of Dreams" (1989). Five years after his death in 1994, the American Film Institute pointed a new generation of film fans Burt Lancaster's way when they conferred upon him the posthumous designation of living legend.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
83% 78% Separate But Equal Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 95% Phantom of the Opera Gerard Carriere (Character) - 1990
87% 86% Field of Dreams Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham (Character) $61.8M 1989
No Score Yet 14% The Jeweller's Shop The Jeweller (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 79% Sins of the Fathers Geheimrat Carl Julius Deutz (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 58% Rocket Gibraltar Levi Rockwell (Character) $92.5K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Control Dr. Herbert Monroe (Character) - 1987
57% 55% Tough Guys Harry Doyle (Character) $20.5M 1986
No Score Yet 58% Barnum Phineas Taylor `'P.T.'` Barnum (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 83% On Wings of Eagles Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. "Bull" Simons (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Treasure Delbert Teschemacher (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Harold Fallen (Character) - 1985
100% 87% Local Hero Happer (Character) - 1983
39% 38% The Osterman Weekend Maxwell Danforth (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 50% The Skin Gen. Mark Clark (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 75% Cattle Annie and Little Britches Bill Doolin (Character) - 1980
100% 77% Atlantic City Lou (Character) - 1980
50% 62% Zulu Dawn Col. Durnford (Character) - 1979
60% 57% Go Tell the Spartans Maj. Asa Barker (Character) - 1978
56% 41% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Paul Moreau (Character) - 1977
80% 74% Twilight's Last Gleaming Gen. Lawrence Dell (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exploring the Unknown Narrator - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unknown Narrator - 1977
30% 52% The Cassandra Crossing Col. Stephen Mackenzie (Character) - 1977
58% 85% 1900 The old patron - Alfreds granddad (Character) $66.1K 1976
No Score Yet 45% Moses Moses (Character) - 1976
67% 49% Buffalo Bill and the Indians The Legend Maker / Ned Buntline (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 56% Victory at Entebbe Shimon Peres (Character) - 1976
80% 83% Conversation Piece Il Professore (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ali the Fighter Himself (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Man Jim Slade (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1974
67% 61% Executive Action Farrington (Character) - 1973
67% 41% Scorpio Cross (Character) - 1973
90% 67% Ulzana's Raid McIntosh (Character),
Producer
- 1972
No Score Yet 67% Valdez Is Coming Valdez (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1971
63% 61% Lawman Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox (Character) - 1971
73% 54% Airport Mel Bakersfeld (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 44% The Gypsy Moths Mike Rettig (Character) - 1969
38% 50% Castle Keep Maj. Abraham Falconer (Character) - 1969
70% 56% The Scalphunters Joe Bass (Character) - 1968
100% 82% The Swimmer Ned Merrill (Character) - 1968
88% 81% The Professionals Bill Dolworth (Character) - 1966
40% 65% The Hallelujah Trail Col. Thaddeus Gearhart (Character) - 1965
93% 89% The Train Paul Labiche (Character) - 1965
91% 89% Seven Days in May Gen. James Mattoon Scott (Character) - 1964
67% 69% The List of Adrian Messenger Cameo (Character) - 1963
98% 89% The Leopard Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Character) - 1963
93% 74% A Child Is Waiting Dr. Matthew Clark (Character) - 1963
91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Stroud (Character) - 1962
91% 93% Judgment at Nuremberg Dr. Ernst Janning (Character) - 1961
50% 48% The Young Savages Hank Bell (Character) - 1961
60% 59% The Unforgiven Ben Zachary (Character) - 1960
94% 86% Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 57% The Devil's Disciple The Rev. Anthony Anderson (Character) - 1959
65% 77% Separate Tables John Malcolm (Character) - 1958
100% 79% Run Silent, Run Deep Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 43% The Bachelor Party Producer - 1957
98% 92% Sweet Smell of Success J.J. Hunsecker (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1957
83% 69% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Wyatt Earp (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 62% The Rainmaker Bill Starbuck (Character) - 1956
67% 64% Trapeze Mike Ribble (Character),
Producer
- 1956
14% 43% The Kentuckian Elias Wakefield (Character),
Director
- 1955
71% 74% The Rose Tattoo Alvaro Mangiacavallo (Character) - 1955
70% 45% Apache Massai (Character),
Producer
- 1954
83% 70% Vera Cruz Joe Erin (Character) - 1954
92% 84% From Here to Eternity 1st Sgt. Milton Warden (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 37% His Majesty O'Keefe Captain David Dion O'Keefe/Narrator (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 33% South Sea Woman Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn (Character) - 1953
75% 80% Come Back, Little Sheba Doc Delaney (Character) - 1952
100% 85% The Crimson Pirate Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate) (Character),
Producer
- 1952
No Score Yet 30% Ten Tall Men Sergeant Mike Kincaid (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 55% Jim Thorpe, All American Jim Thorpe (Character) - 1951
100% 18% Vengeance Valley Owen Daybright (Character) - 1951
100% 60% The Flame and the Arrow Dardo Bartoli (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 55% Mister 880 Steve Buchanan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rope of Sand Mike Davis (Character) - 1949
92% 80% Criss Cross Steve Thompson/Narrator (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 56% Kiss the Blood Off My Hands William Earle "Bill" Saunders (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 82% All My Sons Chris Keller (Character) - 1948
86% 78% Sorry, Wrong Number Henry J. Stevenson (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 66% I Walk Alone Frankie Madison (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 25% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
94% 87% Brute Force Joe Collins (Character) - 1947
63% 73% Desert Fury Tom Hason (Character) - 1947
100% 89% The Killers Ole "The Swede" Andersen/Pete Lund (Character) - 1946

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Separate but Equal John W. Davis (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair Leon Klinghoffer (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Gérard Carrière (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cops Narrator 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moses the Lawgiver Unknown (Character) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 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.