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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:

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


The Best Films of

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 5, 2014 From 4 Star Films

1. From Here to Eternity 2. Sweet Smell of Success 3. The Leopard 4. Judgment at Nuremberg 5. The Killers 6. Elmer Gantry 7. Local Hero 8. Atlantic City 9. Criss Cross 10. Seven Days in May 11. The Train 12. The Crimson Pirate 13. Brute Force 14. The Professionals 15. Field of Dreams 16. The Flame a... Read full article


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Burt Lancaster Quotes:

Massai: I cannot stop fighting. I am the last real Apache in all the world...except for the little one to be.


Joseph Lee: [walking behind Joe Bass and his horse] What about me, sir?
Joe Bass: I'll just sell you to the highest bidder.
Joseph Lee: Could you mske that to a Comanche, sir?
Joe Bass: You seem to have an uncommon prejudice against service to the white-skinned race!
Joseph Lee: I don't mean to be narrow in my attitude. Could I ask you what's your name, sir?
Joe Bass: Joe Bass.
Joseph Lee: Well, Mr. Bass, couldn't you kind of consider me a captured Comanche?
Joe Bass: [both Joe Bass and his horse turn around and do a 'take']
Joseph Lee: I came on my own two feet as far as those Comanches. It was my intent to circle south as far as Mexico. The Mexicans have a law against the slavery trade, and since those Indians captured me from other Indians. I have now got full Indian citizenship.
Joe Bass: Joseph Lee, you ever study the law?
Joseph Lee: No, sir.
Joe Bass: Well, neither did I, but you ain't got a chance in hell of calling yerself an Indian! You're an African slave by employment, black by color!


Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Sleep, my dear Chevalley, eternal sleep, that is what Sicilians want. And they will always resent anyone who tries to awaken them, even to bring them the most wonderful of gifts. And, between ourselves, I doubt very strongly whether this new Kingdom has very many gifts for us in its luggage. All Sicilian expression, even the most violent, is really a wish for death. Our sensuality, wish for oblivion. Our knifings and shootings, a hankering after extinction. Our laziness, our spiced and drugged sherbets, a desire for voluptuous immobility, that is... for death again.


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Was a big fan of the silent film The Unknown (1927), probably partially because the movie took place in a circus, and Burt himself spent a lot of time early in his life in a circus. He once said that no scene in any movie affected him as emotionally as the one in this movie in which Lon Chaney learns that Joan Crawford does not love him.

His son, Bill Lancaster, wrote the screenplay for The Bad News Bears (1976).

Signed a letter in 1947 deploring the anti-communist witch hunts in Hollywood.

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