Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Burt Lancaster!

One of the finest actors, producers and forces of nature to ever step in front of a movie camera, Burt was born on this day in 1913.

I have never tried to compile a "fave actors" list but I'm certain Burt would be in the top 10 if I did! With 87 screen and TV credits to his name, Burt appeared in all kinds of roles and had a great range, but drama was his forte' IMO and there's no doubt he gave some of the most forceful and dynamic performances in screen history!

"Just watching Burt lancaster walk across a room was a thing of beauty!" - John Frankenheimer

"The first time I saw myself onscreen, I thought I looked TERIBBLE! My hair looked like a bird's nest!" - Burt Lancaster

There are still a number of Burt's films I have yet to see so this is not all inclusive as of yet, but here is my "Essential Burt Lancaster" list to date:

"The Killers" - 1946

"Brute Force" - 1947

"I walk Alone" - 1948

"Rope of Sand" - 1949

"The Flame and the Arrow" - 1950

"From Here to Eternity" - 1953

"Gunfight at O.K. Coral" - 1957

"Sweet Smell of Success" - 1957

"Run Silent, Run Deep" - 1958

"Seperate Tables" - 1958

"Elmer Gantry" - 1960

Birdman of Alcatraz" - 1962

"Seven Days in May" - 1964

"The Train" - 1964

"The Professionals" - 1966


Raquel Stecher said...

Such an amazing actor. He was great in every movie I've seen of his. Even the first Airport (1970)!

Artman2112 said...

i agree, Burt is always worth seeing even if the film isnt so good.
he hated that Airport film - in his own words- "Biggest piece of shit i ever made!"
but of course a huge blockbuster and started that whole star-studded "disaster" flick trend.

thanks for commenting!

Loretta said...

If you haven't seen it yet, please make a point of seeing him in "The Leopard". You won't be sorry!

janitox said...

the profesionals good movie.