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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Vera Cruz (1954): Gary Cooper and

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 8, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Below the Mexican border, during Antebellum days, a diverse array of Americans find themselves in the middle of the fight against Maximillian of France. Vera Cruz is far from a history lesson, however. It need not be. Still, it plays as an important footnote in a different type of history altogether... Read full article


TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Six —

By shadowsandsatin on Aug 5, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Handsome. Rugged. More. Handsome. Rugged. Passionate. Talented. With an impressive career that spanned six decades, was all this, and more. ?Any time Burt was in a film, you wanted to go see it. Any time he was on television you wanted to watch it,? actress Rhonda Fleming once said. ?... Read full article


and Ossie Davis Take on The Scalphunters

By Rick29 on Jun 22, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Burt Lanaster as Joe Bass. When easygoing trapper Joe Bass () takes a shortcut through Kiowa land, he is confronted by a party of Indians led by Two Crows. The Kiowa leader wants to trade a black slave for Bass's pelts. The trapper isn't interested in the deal--but he's really doesn't... Read full article


The Swimmer (1968): A Fable Starring

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 25, 2020 From 4 Star Films

I am tempted to call The Swimmer a pretentious fable about the waters of life. It is set in the upper echelon of Connecticut society, but the same cross-section might hold true in California as well. In fact, one could say this film effectively extends the pool metaphor of The Graduate (1967). Becau... Read full article


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


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Burt Lancaster Quotes:

J.J. Hunsecker: How do you spell Picasso, the French painter?
[Taps out three letters on his manual typewriter upon hearing Sidney's response]
J.J. Hunsecker: It's an item - I hear he goes out with three-eyed girls.


Benjamin Trane: [looking to buy a horse] How much?
Joe Erin: $100... gold!
Benjamin Trane: That's mighty hard.
Joe Erin: So's walkin'!


Ned Merrill: You're the captain of your soul. That's what counts. Know what I mean?


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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.

In July 1965, United Artists made a settlement with Lancaster to end is association with his production company, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, which had financially floundered in the late 1950s due to a few flops and exorbitant spending, and wound up operations in 1959. The payoff amount was $920,954.85, approximately $5,223,000 in 2003 dollars. In 1964, part of the proposed settlement with UA had been for Lancaster to star in Khartoum (1966) but that role eventually was played by Charlton Heston.

He was nearly blacklisted in the late 1940s due to his liberal political beliefs, and the FBI kept a file detailing his activities.

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