Burt Lancaster, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Burt Lancaster

American actor and producer

Date of Birth: 02-Nov-1913

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Death: 20-Oct-1994

Profession: screenwriter, stage actor, film director, film producer, television actor, film actor, circus performer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


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About Burt Lancaster

  • Burton Stephen Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American actor and producer.
  • Initially known for playing "tough guys" with a tender streak, he went on to achieve success with more complex and challenging roles over a 45-year career in film and, later, television.
  • He was an Oscar winner and four-time nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actor, also winning two BAFTA Awards and one Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actor. Lancaster performed as a circus acrobat in the 1930s.
  • After serving in World War II, the 32-year-old Lancaster landed a role in a Broadway play and drew the attention of a Hollywood agent.
  • His breakthrough role was the film noir The Killers (1946) alongside Ava Gardner.
  • A critical success, it launched both of their careers.
  • In 1953 Lancaster played the illicit lover of Deborah Kerr in the military drama From Here to Eternity (1953).
  • A box office smash, it won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and landed a Best Actor nomination for Lancaster.
  • Soon after, he starred in The Rainmaker (1956), with Katharine Hepburn, earning a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and in Gunfight at the O.K.
  • Corral (1957), with frequent co-star Kirk Douglas.
  • During the 1950s his production company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster was highly successful, Lancaster acted in films such as: Trapeze (1956), a box office smash in which he used his acrobatic skills; Sweet Smell of Success (1957), a dark drama today considered a classic; Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), a WWII submarine drama with Clark Gable; and Separate Tables (1958), a hotel-set drama which received seven Oscar nominations.
  • In the early 1960s Lancaster starred in a string of critically successful films, each in very disparate roles.
  • Playing a charismatic biblical con-man in Elmer Gantry (1960), won him the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actor.
  • In the all-star, war-crime-trial film, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) he played a Nazi war criminal.
  • Playing a bird expert prisoner in the Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) he earned the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor and his third Oscar nomination.
  • In 1963 Lancaster traveled to Italy to star as an Italian prince in the epic period drama The Leopard.
  • He then played a US Air Force General who, opposed by a Colonel played by Kirk Douglas, tries to overthrow the President in Seven Days in May (1964).
  • Then in 1966 he played an explosives expert in the western The Professionals.
  • In 1970, Lancaster starred in the box-office hit, air-disaster drama Airport.
  • He experienced a career resurgence with the crime-romance Atlantic City (1980), winning the BAFTA for Best Actor and landing his fourth Oscar nomination.
  • Starting in the late 1970s he also appeared in television mini-series, including the award-winning Separate but Equal with Sidney Poitier.
  • He continued acting into his late 70s until a stroke in 1990 forced him to retire; four years later he died from a heart attack.
  • His final film role was as Dr.
  • "Moonlight" Graham in the Oscar-nominated Field of Dreams.
  • The American Film Institute ranks Lancaster as #19 of the greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema.

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