Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Burt Lancaster


Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Burt Lancaster, born on November 2, 1913!

When I think Burt Lancaster, the first thing that pops into my head is simple: man. For me, Lancaster is the go-to example for testosterone-driven manliness in classic cinema – the shining example of what it means to be a leading man. Whether a detective, a lover, a bird-loving prisoner or even a trapeze artist, there is something oh-so-machismo and oh-so-virile about him. With a winning combination of genetically-given good looks and charisma, a circus-toned athletic body, a smile that could win pretty much anybody’s heart, and a talent for both acting and producing, it should come as no surprise he would be named by the American Film Institute as one of the top 20 greatest male stars of all time. So, let us celebrate the glory of his Y chromosome by taking a look at Lancaster’s different shades of, well, man.


Burt Lancaster as the Military Man in From Here to Eternity (1953, Fred Zinneman director)


Burt Lancaster as the Manipulating Man in The Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick director)


Burt Lancaster as the Bird Man in The Bird Man of Alcatraz (1957, John Frankenheimer director)


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