Burt Lancaster

  • American actor
  • Born November 2, 1913
  • Died October 20, 1994

Burton Stephen Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American actor and producer. Initially known for playing "tough guys", he went on to achieve success with more complex and challenging roles. He was nominated four times for Academy Awards, and won once for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960. He also won a Golden Globe Award for that performance and BAFTA Awards for Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980). During the 1950s his production company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster was highly successful, making films such as Trapeze (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), and Separate Tables (1958).

I am interested in being in pictures that I would like to see.

My former wife is a truly wonderful person.

I feel that I am a good actor.

You have to fight against being an antique.

I believe we should appeal to people at the higher levels.

I had the luck of having an obedient body.

Sometimes I only succeed in beating myself to death.

I walked out of class one day and I never went back.

Mother beat the hell out of us. She'd have wild outbursts.

I found marriage somewhat stifling. I don't know that I am the kind of man who ought to be married.

Obviously I am not the young man who came to Hollywood in 1946.

I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself, to keep looking for truth and originality.

I have turned down a lot of garbage lately.

I hate looking backward, but every once in a while it sneaks up on you.

I am reasonably happy, providing I keep busy.

I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.

A circus is like a mother in whom one can confide and who rewards and punishes.

Can anything be more Un-American than the Un-American committee?

My brother never had me to dinner in his life.

Take the feeling of hunger out of your gut, and you're no longer a champion.

I've always wanted to get an education, and tonight's as good a time as any.

Sell yourself first, if you want to sell anything.

They were fun days, and we set the town on fire with every movie we did.