Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes, and distinctive smile (which he called "The Grin"). After initially building his career on "tough guy" roles Lancaster abandoned his "all-American" image in the late 1950s in favor of more complex and challenging roles, and came to be regarded as one of the best motion picture actors as a result.
Sometimes I only succeed in beating myself to death.
(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.
Sell yourself first, if you want to sell anything.
|Full Name at Birth||Burton Stephen Lancaster|
|Age||80 (age at death)|
|Date of Birth||November 2, 1913|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of Death||October 20, 1994|
|Location of Death||Century City, California, USA|
|Cause of Death||Heart Failure|
|Height||6' 2" (188 cm)|
|High School||DeWitt Clinton High School, Bronx, NY (1930)|
|Claim to Fame||Elmer Gantry|
|Father||James Henry Lancaster|
|Friends||James Hill, Kirk Douglas, Fred Zinnemann, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr|