Fast Facts

  • Performed as an acrobat in a circus troupe as a teenager.
  • Won an athletic scholarship to New York University.
  • Made his Broadway debut in A Sound of Hunting after being  discovered on an elevator by a producer.
  • At 32, made his film debut in the 1946 film noir piece The Killers.
  • Partnered with his manager to form his own production company, Hecht-Lancaster, which was the first notable star-owned venture of its kind.
  • Declined the title role in Ben-Hur.
  • Co-starred with Kirk Douglas in six films, beginning with 1948's I Walk Alone.

Awards

  • 1962, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1962, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1956, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner

Relationships

  • Susan Scherer — Wife
  • James Stephen Lancaster — Son
  • James Lancaster — Father
  • June Ernst — Ex-wife
  • Norma Anderson — Ex-wife
  • Joanna Lancaster — Daughter
  • Bill Lancaster — Son
  • Susan Elizabeth — Daughter
  • James Lancaster, Jr. — Brother
  • Elizabeth Roberts Lancaster — Mother
  • William Lancaster — Brother
  • Florence Lancaster — Sister
  • Sighle — Daughter

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, NY

Details

  • Birth Name: Burton Stephen Lancaster
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Died: October 20, 1994
  • Profession: Actor

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