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The Gypsy... Action. Intrigue. Honor. 1978's "The Gypsy Warriors" stars future "Magnum, P.I."... more info $6.95was $6.95 Buy Now

Criss Cross... Burt Lancaster stars as an armored car driver whose fatal attraction to his... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Go Tell the... "Go Tell the Spartans" (1978) encompasses all of the shattered idealism and... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Sweet Smell Of... This intelligent drama about a powerful newspaper gossip columnist who uses his... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Valdez Is... Oscar-winner Burt Lancaster stars in this gripping western tale of redemption... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

From Here To... Winner Of 8 Academy Awards® Including 1953 Best PictureIn this landmark film,... more info $7.49was $14.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: October 20, 1994
Born: November 2, 1913 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in East Harlem, New York
1932:
Founder (with Nick Cravat) of Lang and Cravat acrobatic team
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Performed with many circuses (including Ringling Bros.), Also in vaudeville, at funfairs and nightclubs during 1930s
1939:
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
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Drafted into Army, Special Services Division stationed in North Africa and Italy, where he directed and appeared in revues including "Stars and Gripes"
1945:
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
1945:
Broadway debut in "A Sound of Hunting" (23 performances)
1946:
Made feature film acting debut in the leading role of Robert Siodmak's film noir, "The Killers"
1947:
Made first of six films in which he co-starred opposite Kirk Douglas, "I Walk Alone"
1948:
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
1948:
Radio debut, "I Walk Alone" (Lux Radio Theatre)
1948:
Founded Harold Hecht-Norma Productions (changed to Hecht-Lancaster Productions in 1954)
1952:
Debut as producer, "The First Time"
1953:
Received first of four Oscar nominations as Best Actor for "From Here to Eternity"
1954:
Film directing debut (also actor), "The Kentuckian"
1955:
Hecht-Lancaster Productions took on another partner, James Hill, and became Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
1959:
Turned down the title role in "Ben-Hur"
1960:
Last producing credit for 14 years, "Summer of the 17th Doll", an Australian-made film in which he did not appear as an actor
1962:
Dissolved Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
1962:
Received third Oscar nomination for Best Actor for "Birdman of Alcatraz"
1963:
First foreign-language production, the Italian-made Luchino Visconti film, "Il gattopardo/The Leopard"
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Was encouraged by many friends and colleagues to run opposite Ronald Reagan as governor of California, but refused
1971:
Returned to stage in "Knickerbocker Holiday" in San Francisco
1974:
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
1975:
First TV miniseries, "Moses--The Lawgiver", in which he played the title role
1981:
Received a fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the Louis Malle film, "Atlantic City"
1983:
Hosted a six-part historical, biographical miniseries on PBS, "The Life of Verdi"
1983:
Underwent quadruple bypass surgery
1986:
Last of six films opposite Kirk Douglas, "Tough Guys"
1988:
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
1989:
Last American film, "Field of Dreams"
1990:
Made last feature film, "The Betrothed", an Italian-German-Dutch-Yugoslavian co-production
1990:
Suffered stroke while visiting Dana Andrews in a nursing home (November 30)
1991:
Last acting role, in a TV-movie, "Separate but Equal", co-starring Sidney Poitier

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