In his youth, Burt Lancaster (1913-94) was an acrobat in the circus, and he served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy. He was already 32 when he got into the movie business, quickly establishing himself as a tough guy in such noir movies as THE KILLERS (1946), BRUTE FORCE, CRISS CROSS, I WALK ALONE and SORRY, WRONG NUMBER. His natural athleticism helped him in adventure movies such as THE CRIMSON PIRATE (1952), and in the ‘50s and ‘60s he proved his dramatic acting ability in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) with Frank Sinatra, THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) and ELMER GANTRY (1960). Lancaster continued acting in his later years, earning his fourth Oscar nomination for his role opposite Susan Sarandon in 1980's ATLANTIC CITY and appearing with fellow movie noir icon Kirk Douglas in TOUGH GUYS (1986).


pogodog7 said...

Lancaster would have the so-called leading men (pretty boys) of today licking his boots. He was a man that women wanted to be with a man that men wanted to be like.

Unknown said...

I love him in the movie The Train