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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.

BlogHub Articles:

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


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:

Commandant Paul Vogel: Consider this place for a minute if you will. It often reminds one of the interior of a whale's belly.
Mike Davis: You sure get around.


Mike Ribble: Why do you think I always want a two-act? One swings, and the other catches, and nobody comes between them!


Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn: You two are not married. The ceremony Woo Ching read for you was the burial ceremony.
Ginger Martin: What?
Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn: That's Chinese burial service, that's why you are wearing white clothes.


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Turned down a $1-million offer to appear in the remake of Ben-Hur (1959). If he had accepted the offer, he would have beaten both Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra (1963)) as the first female star and Marlon Brando (The Fugitive Kind (1959)) as the first male star, to breach that million-dollar threshold.

Replaced Sir Laurence Olivier as Dr Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Lancaster had not been impressed when Olivier kept confusing him with Kirk Douglas while filming The Devil's Disciple (1959).

Joined Gregory Peck, James Stewart and Orson Welles in testifying against the colorization of old movies in the early 1980s.

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