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.


Muscular, fair-haired American actor with flashing smile tinged with menace. A former circus acrobat - and remarkably nimble for such a big man - he developed a taste for acting in wartime troop shows. Although he started in black thrillers, he became best known in swashbucklers, swinging spectacularly around on ropes. Some regret the drift into excessive seriousness that followed, although he did win an Oscar in 1960 for his fire-eating preacher in Elmer Gantry and was also nominated for From Here to Eternity, Birdman of Alcatraz, and, many years later, Atlantic City USA. Died from a heart attack.

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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

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Burt Lancaster Quotes:

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.

J.J. Hunsecker: Harvey, I often wish I were dead and wore a hearing aid. With a simple flick of a switch, I could shut out the greedy murmur of little men.

Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: We're not blind in spirit, Father. We're just human beings in a changing world.

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One of his demands was that he have a high bar set up on sets and locations so he could perform acrobatics and stay in shape.

During the late 1950s John Wayne approached Lancaster, suggesting they make a western together. Lancaster laughed off the idea, suggesting they would need Kirk Douglas in the film as well. In reality, Lancaster would not work with Wayne, Hollywood's most prominent Republican supporter who had been actively involved in the McCarthy witch hunts as a founding member and later President of the right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. Lancaster had only agreed to co-star opposite Gary Cooper, a moderate Republican who gave a vague testimony to the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947, after Cooper had starred in the anti-McCarthyism western High Noon (1952). Despite this, Lancaster joined a minute's silence for Wayne on 11 June 1979 while filming Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981) after Wayne died in Los Angeles.

Father of actor/writer Bill Lancaster.

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