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Also Known As: Died: January 29, 1994
Born: January 11, 1912 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: acrobat, actor

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A muscular, pint-sized acrobat with wavy hair and dark, swarthy good looks, he was Burt Lancaster's partner when they formed Lang and Cravat and toured in circuses and vaudeville in the 1930s. Lancaster largely left the tumbling world when he injured his hand and later went into war service; Cravat, meanwhile, continued solo and also appeared in bit parts in several films. When Lancaster hit it big after WWII and moved from noirs to hearty action pictures, he called on his old pal to spice up the goings-on with some spectacular acrobatics. Cravat obliged his longtime friend splendidly as his comic sidekick in two enjoyably tongue-in-cheek swashbucklers, "The Flame and the Arrow" (1950) and "The Crimson Pirate" (1952). He subsequently enjoyed a rather modest screen career almost entirely playing bit parts in films starring Lancaster. Although Cravat played roles in non-Lancaster films ranging from "The Veils of Bagdad" (1953) to "The Way West" (1967), most of his credits--"Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958), "The Scalphunters" (1968) and his last, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1977)--prominently featured Cravat's roistering buddy of long standing.

A muscular, pint-sized acrobat with wavy hair and dark, swarthy good looks, he was Burt Lancaster's partner when they formed Lang and Cravat and toured in circuses and vaudeville in the 1930s. Lancaster largely left the tumbling world when he injured his hand and later went into war service; Cravat, meanwhile, continued solo and also appeared in bit parts in several films. When Lancaster hit it big after WWII and moved from noirs to hearty action pictures, he called on his old pal to spice up the goings-on with some spectacular acrobatics. Cravat obliged his longtime friend splendidly as his comic sidekick in two enjoyably tongue-in-cheek swashbucklers, "The Flame and the Arrow" (1950) and "The Crimson Pirate" (1952). He subsequently enjoyed a rather modest screen career almost entirely playing bit parts in films starring Lancaster. Although Cravat played roles in non-Lancaster films ranging from "The Veils of Bagdad" (1953) to "The Way West" (1967), most of his credits--"Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958), "The Scalphunters" (1968) and his last, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1977)--prominently featured Cravat's roistering buddy of long standing.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Island Of Dr. Moreau, The (1977) M'Ling
2.
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 Ulzana's Raid (1972)
4.
 Valdez Is Coming (1971) Gang member
5.
 The Scalphunters (1968) Ramon
6.
 The Way West (1967) Calvelli
7.
 Cat Ballou (1965) Ad-Lib
8.
 Run Silent Run Deep (1958) Russo
9.
 The Story of Mankind (1957) Devil's apprentice
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1932:
Formed the Lang and Cravat acrobatic team with Burt Lancaster
:
Lang and Cravat toured in vaudeville, nightclubs and circuses, including the Ringling Brothers Circus, during the Depression
1942:
Earliest film appearances include a bit part in the serial, "Junior G-Men of the Air"
1950:
Played first major film role in "The Flame and the Arrow"
1953:
First major acting role in a film without Burt Lancaster, "The Veils of Bagdad"
1977:
Last film, "The Island of Dr. Moreau"
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