"All My Sons," "Ten Tall Men," "The Crimson Pirate," "Vera Cruz" and "The Leopard" are some films starring Burt Lancaster. Others include "The Professionals," "Airport" and "Local Hero."Continue Reading
Burt Lancaster was an American actor known for his great physique and appearances in many films in the western, war and crime drama genres. His first film role was in "The Killers" in 1946, in which he starred as a former prize fighter who becomes embroiled in a web of violence and deceit. He went on to star in more crime films including "Brute Force," "Desert Fury," "I Walk Alone" and "Criss Cross." Lancaster received his first Oscar nomination in 1953 for "From Here to Eternity," a war drama about soldiers in Hawaii during the months before the Pearl Harbor attacks.
After starring in westerns such as "The Kentuckian" and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and acclaimed dramas such as "The Rose Tattoo" and "Sweet Smell of Success," Lancaster finally won an Oscar for his role as the title character in "Elmer Gantry," a film about a charming traveling salesman who teams up with an evangelist. He received a third nomination in 1962 for "Birdman of Alcatraz" and a final one in 1980 for his role as an aging small-time gangster in "Atlantic City." Lancaster's final film role was as Dr. Archibald Graham in the 1989 baseball movie "Field of Dreams."Learn more about Art & Literature