Happy Birthday to Burt Lancaster! Born Burton Stephen Lancaster 101 years ago today, he was a tough kid raised in Manhattan who joined the circus as an acrobat. Lancaster turned to acting after an injury forced him from the circus. After serving in the Army, he turned to acting and won praise for his first film The Killers, in which he starred with Ava Gardner. Lancaster went on to appear in such notable films as Come Back, Little Sheba, From Here to Eternity, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Sweet Smell of Success, Separate Tables, The Unforgiven, Elmer Gantry, Judgment at Nuremberg, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Lancaster lost two iconic roles to a famous actor. Who was it?
a) Rock Hudson
b) Cary Grant
c) Sean Connery
d) Marlon Brando
DID YOU KNOW…
Lancaster was nominated for four Academy Awards and won one. His nominations were for From Here to Eternity, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City. He won for his role in Elmer Gantry.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
I woke up one day a star. It was terrifying. Then I worked hard toward becoming a good actor.
d) Lancaster lost out to Brando in the roles of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.