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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster's biography

Burton Stephen Lancaster is 81 years old film producer born at New York City. Burt was born on Sunday 2nd of November 1913. He is often nicknamed as Burton Stephen Lancaster, Burt Lancaster, Mr Muscles and Teeth. According to year of birth 1913 he belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 2nd of November means he is Scorpio. Scorpio is a watery sign. These people are very intense in their thoughts. They always learn from the transformatory phase of their life.

Burt is native english speaker. He is white american. Burt is citizen of United States of America. He is atheist. His primary profession is to be film producer. You can know him also as screenwriter, film actor, film director, television actor, stage actor, circus performer, actor. He is recently known as acrobat. Burt received Academy Award for Best Actor Elmer Gantry in 1959

Burt Lancaster's family

Burt Lancaster's ex spouse

Norma Anderson

Burt Lancaster and Norma Anderson have been together since 1946 for 23 years.

Burt has 1 son and 1 daughter

Burt Lancaster's son: Bill Lancaster

Burt Lancaster's son's name is Bill Lancaster. He is known as actor. Burt´s son was born on Monday 17th of November 1947 in Los Angeles. Burt´s son died on Saturday 4th of January 1997 in Los Angeles. Bill Lancaster was 84 years old, when this happened.

Burt Lancaster's daughter: Joanna Lancaster

Burt Lancaster's daughter's name is Joanna Lancaster. She is known as actor.

Burt Lancaster's schools

We found 2 schools He attended. Complete list of schools: New York University, DeWitt Clinton High School.

Detailed informations about his schools

  • Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City in 1930.

Burt Lancaster's career

His main focus is to be film producer. Burt is famous thanks to Elmer Gantry.

How did Burt Lancaster die

Burt died on on Thursday 20th of October 1994 when he was 81 years old at Los Angeles. Burt Lancasters death was caused by heart failure. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Burt Lancaster's Awards

  • Allegedly showed up at a Hollywood Oscar party in the late 1950s wearing a G-string and spray-painted gold, resembling an Academy Award statuette after a similar stunt had been done by Rock Hudson and Vera-Ellen.
  • He would frequently turn down lifetime achievement awards during the 1980s, saying half-jokingly, "Give them to my good friend Kirk", since he knew Kirk Douglas would be happier in the limelight.
  • Received the Mental Health Award from the UC Irvine Department of Psychiatry in 1984.

Burt Lancaster's Rankings

  • In October 1997 was ranked #85 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
  • His performance as J.J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is ranked #76 on" Premiere" Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time in 2006.
  • His performance as J.J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is ranked #61 on "Premiere" Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Burt Lancaster's Nominations

  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for work From Here to Eternity in 1953
  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for work Elmer Gantry in 1960
  • Burt was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for work Birdman of Alcatraz in 1962
  • Burt was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for work Atlantic City in 1980

What else you don't know about Burt Lancaster ?

Burt´s middle name is Stephen.

What Burt Lancaster has done for a first time

  • Was Cecil B. DeMille's first choice to play "Samson" in Samson and Delilah (1949).
  • His first TV role was a guest appearance on Sesame Street (1969) in 1969, reciting the alphabet.
  • Suffered his first heart attack during the making of Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1980) in 1979.
  • He was nearly 33 when he appeared in his first movie, The Killers (1946), having worked as a circus acrobat since his late teens and following war service and acting on Broadway.
  • One of his first acting roles, if not his first professional role, was a part in the non-musical Broadway play "A Sound of Hunting" (1945) playing character "Sgt. Joseph Mooney". He co-starred in his first movie the next year (The Killers (1946)).
  • His was the first star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which now numbers in the thousands.
  • First wife June Ernst was a teenage acrobat when they married.

Burt Lancaster's quotes

  • Most people seem to think I'm the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually I'm bookish and worrisome.
  • [on being a director] It's the best job in the picture business because when you're a director, you're God. And you know that's the best job in town.
  • Life is to be lived within the limits of your knowledge and within the concept of what you would like to see yourself to be.
  • [speaking in 1983] Tits and sand - that's what we used to call sex and violence in Hollywood.
  • I don't know why Airport (1970) was nominated for any Oscars - it's the biggest piece of junk ever.
  • We're all forgotten sooner or later. But not films. That's all the memorial we should need or hope for.
  • I woke up one day a star. It was terrifying. Then I worked hard toward becoming a good actor.
  • [upon being offered Ben-Hur (1959)] I don't want to make this film. It's a piece of crap.
  • If I'm working with frightened people, I do tend to dominate them. I'm no doll, that's for sure.
  • [on Kirk Douglas] Kirk would be the first to admit that he's difficult to work with - and I would be the second.
  • [in 1976] Whether you like it or not, when you're 62 you are fulfilled.
  • [in 1985] If anyone should have gotten AIDS from an active sex life, it is me.
  • [on Montgomery Clift] He had so much power, so much concentration. Clift was a complicated man, there's no question about it. He was a very sweet man, Monty, very emotional.
  • [on Kirk Douglas] We both came from, sort of, well, shall we say, humble beginnings. We were both young, brash, cocky, arrogant. We knew everything, were highly opinionated. We were invincible. Nobody liked us.
  • In my opinion, Shirley Booth is the finest actress I have ever worked with.
  • Genius is a pretty dangerous thing to have. Genius is too erratic. It's better just to be talented.
  • [on Go Tell the Spartans (1978)] One of the best scripts I've read and certainly the best I've had for myself in a few years.
  • You have to fight against being an antique.
  • [In 1984 about his career] When I think of my least favorite, I think of Rope of Sand (1949). I did that thing under great duress. I hated it.
  • I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.
  • My former wife is a truly wonderful person.
  • I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself, to keep looking for truth and originality.
  • I found marriage somewhat stifling. I don't know that I am the kind of man who ought to be married.

Burt Lancaster's height, body shape, eye color

Lets describe how Burt Lancaster looks. We will focus on his height, body shape, eye color and hair color. Burt is tall as 6' 2" (188 cm). Body build is athletic. Burt´s eyes are tinted blue. His hair is shade of blonde.