Burt Lancaster made his film debut in the 1946 noir film “The Killers.” The film was positively reviewed by critics and launched Lancaster’s acting career, which lasted over four decades.
Directed by Robert Siodmak, “The Killers” is a noir thriller partially based on an Ernest Hemingway shorty story of the same name. Lancaster stars as Ole “The Swede” Andreson, a former boxer who is targeted by two hit men. Critics praised Lancaster’s performance in the film, propelling him to stardom. The tall, muscular Lancaster went on to star in a number of prominent films, including an iconic performance as 1st Sergeant Milton Warden in the 1953 adaptation of James Jones’ World War II novel “From Here to Eternity.”