Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 October 20, 1994) was an American film actor. Born Burton Stephen Lancaster in New York City to James Henry Lancaster (a postman) and Elizabeth Roberts, both of whom were the children of Irish Protestant immigrants. He grew up in Hells Kitchen (West side Manhattan) and spent much of his time on the streets, where he developed great interest and skill in gymnastics. Later, he worked as a circus acrobat until an injury forced him to give up the profession..
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