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Burt Lancaster Overview:

Legendary actor, Burt Lancaster, was born Burton Stephen Lancaster on Nov 2, 1913 in New York City, NY. Lancaster died at the age of 81 on Oct 20, 1994 in Century City, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Burt Lancaster was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Elmer Gantry (as Elmer Gantry) in 1960.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1953Best ActorFrom Here to Eternity (1953)Sgt. Milton WardenNominated
1960Best ActorElmer Gantry (1960)Elmer GantryWon
1962Best ActorBirdman of Alcatraz (1962)Robert StroudNominated
1981Best ActorAtlantic City (1980)LouNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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March Madness #12:

By Kat_Selby on Mar 12, 2018 From All Good Things

Welcome to Day 11 of MARCH MADNESS! Every day one Super-star will be featured - a star of many types of roles, from really, really B.A.D. to the sweetest-dearest-most darling! DAY #10 Results: DEBBIE REYNOLD's sweet and dear KATHY SELDON is "Singin' in the Rain" for her win over Peggy Brown in "The... Read full article


Top of the World: 15 Films

By Virginie Pronovost on Nov 3, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Today marks the ’s birthday! You may know it or not, but he has always been one of my very favourite actors since in discovered him in The Unforgiven (John Huston, 1960). The one we also call “Mr. Muscles & Teeth” or “Big Teeth” if you are my mother st... Read full article


The Five Best Performances

By Rick29 on Dec 17, 2015 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The shadows enhance the film's dark tones. 1. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Surprisingly, didn't garner rave reviews nor earn any awards for what I consider his finest performance. In this first-rate adaptation of Clifford Odets' play, he stars as J.J. Hunsecker, an influential, im... Read full article


Day 2 of Noirvember: Remembering

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 3, 2015 From Shadows and Satin

Lancaster and Gardner in The Killers He began his career as a circus acrobat, became an Academy-Award winning star of the silver screen, and helped launch one of the most successful independent production companies of his time. And he was the star of seven first-rate examples of the classic noir per... Read full article


Castle Keep (1969) with and Peter Falk

By Greg Orypeck on Jul 30, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! “My purpose is madness.  It’s the only way you can really tell what happens in war.  By lying, you can open the door a little crack on the truth.”—— Private Benjamin (Al Freeman, Jr.) If you happen to wander into Castle Keep by accident, or by some ill-fated wrong turn, as do the eight A... Read full article


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Burt Lancaster Quotes:

Bill Dolworth: [examining an arrow] Makes you wonder how we ever beat the Indians.


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


Ned Merrill: I want my girls to be married in that house.
[Howard & Betty exchange confused glances]
Ned Merrill: Won't be long now. Our driveway looked like a parking lot today. Boys all over the place.


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He was prevented from playing William Hurt's Oscar-winning role as a flamboyant gay hairdresser in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) when forced to undergo quadruple bypass surgery on 26 August 1983 following a heart attack. He believed his vocal chords were damaged after tubes were inserted down his throat during the operation.

Despite his enduring stardom, he surprisingly only placed in Quigley Publications' Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars twice: #4 in 1956 and #10 in 1963. The annual poll of movie exhibitors ranks the top stars in terms of box-office drawing power. Even more surprisingly, his friend and co-star Kirk Douglas never made the list during his career.

In order to get his passport renewed in January 1954, he was forced to send a letter to the State Department in which he wrote, "I am not now a Communist. I never been a Communist and I am not in sympathy with the Communist movement.".

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