Burt Lancaster Biography
Burt Lancaster had a varied and full life before and after he became an actor. He was a talented man on and off the screen.
Burton Stephen Lancaster was born on November 2,1913 in New York, New York. He grew up on the streets of New York and was known as being a very tough kid. He took an interest in gymnastics at an early age. In 1930, he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. In 1935 he married and divorced June Ernst. He married his second wife Norma Anderson on December 28, 1946. They were married until 1969. In 1991, he married Susie and they were married until Burt’s death in 1994.
In the 1930’s, Mr. Lancaster attended New York University. After studying for two years, he decided to become part of a two-man acrobat team for the circus and vaudeville. This experience gave him the background for which he did his stunt work in his films. After Mr. Lancaster was injured and no longer able to perform, he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II where he served on an overseas tour. During this tour, Mr. Lancaster became acquainted with the USO and acting. Mr. Lancaster never had an acting lesson in his life. He taught himself the business. After Mr. Lancaster left the Army when he was in his mid-thirties, he acted in a Broadway play (which was a flop) before he turned to films when a talent scout escorted him to Hollywood, California. Burt Lancaster starred in his first film in 1946 and made over eighty-five films for the big screen as well as for television with "The Birdman of Alcatraz" being his most memorable film.
Mr. Lancaster was constantly stretching his artistic talents and he was one of the few actors that was in complete charge of his acting career. Mr. Lancaster was more than an actor. He was also a producer, director and writer. In 1948, Mr. Lancaster and his agent (who was also his business partner) started their own independent production company, Norma Productions.
Burt Lancaster died as a result of a heart attack on October 20, 1994 in Culver City, California.