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Morning Man Classic: Burt Lancaster!

The tall, muscular Burt Lancaster was one of the great leading men in movies for decades.

He starred in such classic films as From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry, Come Back Little Sheba, Birdman of Alcatraz, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Sweet Smell of Success and Judgment at Nuremberg, among others.

His film career spanned from 1946′s The Killers through Field of Dreams in 1989.

The New York City-born Lancaster did not set out to be an actor initially. He excelled in gymnastics in high school and got an athletic scholarship to NYU. But he soon dropped out of school and became part of an acrobat duo called Lang and Cravat which performed as part of the Kay Brothers circus. But an injury forced Lancaster to give up the life in the circus.

Lancaster died in 1994 at the age of 80. His final acting role came three years earlier when he starred opposite Sidney Poitier in the television movie Separate But Equal.

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3 Remarks

  1. Also an NRA gun nut.

  2. He was a wonderful actor and one fine looking man! He was right up there with Paul Newman, Bill Holden & Guy Madison for me.

  3. Burt was incredibly liberal and very gay friendly. So the comment about NRA gun nut is misplaced. The NRA of today is NOT what the NRA of yesterday was. It has been changed considerably by the rise of the religious right and extremists. So don’t be so quick to lump him in with modern day or even people like Heston.

    He was a circus performer with a great body! There are some nice nudes of him floating around out there.

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