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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster
in the trailer for the film Vengeance Valley (1951)
Personal information
Birth nameBurton Stephen Lancaster
Birth dateNovember 2, 1913
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 20, 1994(age 80)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathHeart attack
EducationDeWitt Clinton High School
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1945 91
SpouseJune Ernst (1935 46; divorced)
Norma Anderson (1946 69; divorced) 5 children
Susan Martin (1990 94; his death)

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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"). 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 actors of his generation as a result.

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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