7 Facts About Burt Lancaster

1. In 1988, Burt Lancaster was well enough to attend a Congressional hearing with old colleagues such as James Stewart and Ginger Rogers to protest against media magnate Ted Turner's plan to colorize various black-and-white films from the 1930s and 1940s.

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2. In 1985, Burt Lancaster joined the fight against AIDS after his close friend, Rock Hudson, contracted the disease.

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3. In 1968, Burt Lancaster actively supported the presidential candidacy of antiwar Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, and frequently spoke on his behalf during the Democratic primaries.

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4. In his career, Burt Lancaster produced twenty-three films, directed two and wrote for one.

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5. Prior to working on The Swimmer, Burt Lancaster was terrified of the water because he did not know how to swim.

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6. In 1966, at the age of 52, Burt Lancaster appeared nude in director Frank Perry's film The Swimmer, in what the critic Roger Ebert called "his finest performance".

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7. In 1953, Burt Lancaster played one of his best-remembered roles with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.

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