In many ways Burt Lancaster's life prior to acting prepared him well for the profession. At a young age he met fellow future actor Nick Cravat. Together they formed the acrobatic team of "Lang and Cravat". Eventually they would perform with the Kay Brothers Circus, their career ended only by an injury experienced by Mr. Lancaster. Afterwards he was a singing waiter in New Jersey and then a salesman at the legendary department store Marshall Fields. During World War II he joined the Twenty-First Special Service Division of the U. S. Army, where he put his skills as an acrobat to use entertaining the troops. At various times Mr. Lancaster had also been a refrigerator repairman, a fireman, and even an engineer in a meat packing plant. With so many different professions to draw upon, it should be little wonder Burt Lancaster could play any role he wanted. Indeed, his skills as an acrobat were put to good use in The Crimson Pirate and as a salesman in Elmer Gantry.
In tribute to Burt Lancaster's 100th birthday, then, here is a tribute to him in pictures.
|Burt Lancaster with Ava Gardner in The Killers|
|Burt Landcaster with Corinne Calvert in Rope of Sand.|
|The Crimson Pirate|
|Burt Lancaster with Deborah Kerr from From Here to Eternity|
|As Wyatt Earp from Gunfight at the OK Corral|
|Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones from Elmer Gantry|
|As General Scott from Seven Days in May|
|Burt Lancaster as McIntosh in Ulzana's Raid.|
|Burt Lancaster as Doctor Moreau from The Island of Dr. Moreau.|
|Burt Lancaster as Felix Happer in Local Hero.|
|Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas from The Tough Guys.|