Burt Lancaster

2 Nov 1913 - 20 Oct 1994

Actor, Producer

Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique and distinctive smile (which he called "The Grin"). Later he took roles that went against his initial "tough guy" image. In the late 1950s Lancaster abandoned his "all-American" image and came to be regarded as one of the best actors of his generation.

Lancaster was nominated four times for Academy Awards and won once — for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960. He also won a Golden Globe for that performance and BAFTA Awards for The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980). His production company, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, was the most successful and innovative star-driven independent production company in Hollywood of the 1950s, making movies such as Marty (1955), Trapeze (1956), and Sweet Smell of Success (1957).

Lancaster also directed two films: The Kentuckian (1955) and The Midnight Man (1974).

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Lancaster nineteenth among the greatest male stars of all time.


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Filmography (60 titles)

(movie, 1991)
···Separate But Equal
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as John W. Davis)
(movie, 1990)
···The Phantom of the Opera
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Gerard Carriere)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Leon Klinghoffer)
(movie, 1989)
···Field of Dreams
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Doc "Moonlight" Graham)
(movie, 1989)
···La bottega dell'orefice
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
Role: Actor (as The Jeweller)
(movie, 1987)
···Il giorno prima
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Herbert Monroe)
(movie, 1986)
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Phineas Taylor 'P.T.' Barnum)
(mini-series, 1986)
···On Wings of Eagles
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Lieutenant Colonel Arthur E. 'Bull' Simons)
(movie, 1986)
···Tough Guys
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Harry Doyle)
(movie, 1985)
···Little Treasure
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Delbert Teschemacher)
(movie, 1985)
···Scandal Sheet
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harold Fallen)
(movie, 1983)
···Local Hero
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Felix Happer)
(movie, 1982)
···Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as (in "The Killers") (archive footage))
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Bill Doolin)
(movie, 1980)
···Atlantic City
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lou)
(movie, 1979)
···Zulu Dawn
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Col. Durnford)
(movie, 1978)
···Go Tell the Spartans
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Maj. Asa Barker)
(movie, 1977)
···The Island of Dr. Moreau
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Paul Moreau)
(movie, 1976)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Berlinghieri)
(movie, 1976)
···The Cassandra Crossing
Genre: Action, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Col. Stephen Mackenzie)
(mini-series, 1974)
···Moses the Lawgiver
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Moses)
(movie, 1973)
···Executive Action
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Role: Actor (as James Farrington)
(movie, 1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Cross)
(movie, 1972)
···Ulzana's Raid
Genre: Adventure, Western
Role: Actor (as McIntosh)
(movie, 1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mel Bakersfeld)
(movie, 1969)
···The Gypsy Moths
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mike Rettig)
(movie, 1968)
···The Swimmer
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ned Merrill)
(movie, 1968)
···The Scalphunters
Genre: Action, Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Joe Bass)
(movie, 1966)
···The Professionals
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Actor (as Bill Dolworth)
(movie, 1965)
···The Hallelujah Trail
Genre: Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Col. Thaddeus Gearhart)
(movie, 1964)
···The Train
Genre: Action, War
Role: Actor (as Paul Labiche)
(movie, 1964)
···Seven Days in May
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gen. James Mattoon Scott)
(movie, 1963)
···Il gattopardo
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Don Fabrizio Salina)
(movie, 1962)
···Birdman of Alcatraz
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Robert Stroud)
(movie, 1961)
···Judgment at Nuremberg
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Dr. Ernst Janning)
(movie, 1960)
···The Unforgiven
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1960)
···Elmer Gantry
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Elmer Gantry)
(movie, 1959)
···The Devil's Disciple
Genre: Comedy, History, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as The Rev. Anthony Anderson)
(movie, 1958)
···Run Silent Run Deep
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Jim Bledsoe)
(movie, 1958)
···Separate Tables
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as John Malcolm)
(movie, 1957)
···Sweet Smell of Success
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1957)
···Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Actor (as Marshal Wyatt Earp)
(movie, 1956)
···The Rainmaker
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Bill Starbuck)
(movie, 1956)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mike Ribble)
(movie, 1954)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Massai)
(movie, 1954)
···His Majesty O'Keefe
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Capt. David Dion O'Keefe · Narrator)
(movie, 1954)
···Vera Cruz
Genre: Adventure, Western
Role: Actor (as Joe Erin)
(movie, 1953)
···From Here to Eternity
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as 1st Sgt. Milton Warden)
(movie, 1953)
···South Sea Woman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn)
(movie, 1952)
···Come Back, Little Sheba
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Doc Delaney)
(movie, 1952)
···The Crimson Pirate
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate))
(movie, 1951)
···Jim Thorpe -- All-American
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Jim Thorpe)
(movie, 1950)
···Mister 880
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Steve Buchanan)
(movie, 1949)
···Criss Cross
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Steve Thompson)
(movie, 1949)
···Rope of Sand
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Mike Davis)
(movie, 1948)
···I Walk Alone
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Frankie Madison)
(movie, 1948)
···Sorry, Wrong Number
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Henry J. Stevenson)
(movie, 1947)
···Brute Force
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Joe Collins)
(movie, 1947)
···Desert Fury
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Tom Hanson)
(movie, 1946)
···The Killers
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as 'Swede' Andersen)