Allegedly was discovered in an elevator by producer and agent Irving L. Jacobs, who mistook him for an actor; resulted in his auditioning for first professional acting role on Broadway
Debut as producer, "The First Time"
Dissolved Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
Formed Norma Productions (first of 14 production companies in which he was involved); company's first production, "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands", a film noir in which Lancaster starred opposite Joan Fontaine
Hosted a six-part historical, biographical miniseries on PBS, "The Life of Verdi"
Last American film, "Field of Dreams"
Last producing credit for 14 years, "Summer of the 17th Doll", an Australian-made film in which he did not appear as an actor
Received third Oscar nomination for Best Actor for "Birdman of Alcatraz"
Returned to stage in "Knickerbocker Holiday" in San Francisco
Drafted into Army, Special Services Division stationed in North Africa and Italy, where he directed and appeared in revues including "Stars and Gripes"
Feature co-writing debut (with Ronald Kibbee), "The Midnight Man", which he also co-produced and starred in; film also marked his second feature directorial effort; Lancaster co-directed with Roland Kibbee
First foreign-language production, the Italian-made Luchino Visconti film, "Il gattopardo/The Leopard"
First TV miniseries, "Moses--The Lawgiver", in which he played the title role
Last acting role, in a TV-movie, "Separate but Equal", co-starring Sidney Poitier
Made feature film acting debut in the leading role of Robert Siodmak's film noir, "The Killers"
Received first of four Oscar nominations as Best Actor for "From Here to Eternity"
Suffered stroke while visiting Dana Andrews in a nursing home (November 30)
Underwent quadruple bypass surgery
Broadway debut in "A Sound of Hunting" (23 performances)
Film directing debut (also actor), "The Kentuckian"
Founded Harold Hecht-Norma Productions (changed to Hecht-Lancaster Productions in 1954)
Founder (with Nick Cravat) of Lang and Cravat acrobatic team
Performed with many circuses (including Ringling Bros.), Also in vaudeville, at funfairs and nightclubs during 1930s
Radio debut, "I Walk Alone" (Lux Radio Theatre)
Received a fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the Louis Malle film, "Atlantic City"
Was encouraged by many friends and colleagues to run opposite Ronald Reagan as governor of California, but refused
Hecht-Lancaster Productions took on another partner, James Hill, and became Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
Injured right hand; gave up acrobatics and worked as a firefighter, refrigeration company inspector and as a floor walker, then salesman for Marshall Field and Company, Chicago IL
Last of six films opposite Kirk Douglas, "Tough Guys"
Made first of six films in which he co-starred opposite Kirk Douglas, "I Walk Alone"
Made last feature film, "The Betrothed", an Italian-German-Dutch-Yugoslavian co-production
Raised in East Harlem, New York
Sued the production companies (Fonda Film Productions and Columbia Pictures) which fired him from a leading role in "Old Gringo" opposite Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits, when his heart conditions increased the film's insurance premiums; Lancaster was replaced by Gregory Peck
Turned down the title role in "Ben-Hur"