Feb 22

Burt Lancaster Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before

I suppose most authors fantasize about who they would like to see play their hero in a movie version of their book. I’ve avoided this idea in the past because I think every reader conjures a picture in their mind, and sometimes superimposing another image takes away from the readers’ enjoyment.
However, the other evening I watched a movie starring Burt Lancaster, a star who always appealed to me. His successful career spanned decades and he always had that alluring mischievous smile.

Burt died in 1994 at the age of 81, but his timeless charm lives on, and I find myself thinking he would have done a great job playing my hero, Ram de Montbryce from Conquering Passion. Ram is a soft spoken, well-muscled hunk with the same kind of smile and long legs like Burt’s!
Who can forget Lancaster’s steamy scenes on the beach with Deborah Kerr in From Here To Eternity?
Or perhaps that ever present glint in Burt’s eyes would make him ideal to be cast as the rake of the Montbryce family, Antoine, hero of If Love Dares Enough?

In homage to Burt, enjoy these photos of him and appreciate his beauty.

Burt at age 54


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  1. Clover Autrey

    Burt Lancaster. He and Errol Flynn and their pirate movies. My dad is an old film buff so I got to see a bunch of these old time movies and loved them.

    1. Mary Marvella

      I remember him well! Good blog.

    2. Anna Markland

      Glad I’m not the only one! Something about his voice too!

  2. Edie Ramer

    Gorgeous. I can remember him in Field of Dreams. Even though he was older then, he still commanded attention. He still looked good. And he still had that twinkle in his eyes.

    1. Anna Markland

      You’re right – he did age well.

  3. Carly Carson

    I’ve never seen him in a movie, but your pictures here do him justice. Some day I’d like to watch that movie From Here to Eternity. Heard so much about it and the title is wonderful.

    1. Anna Markland

      Hi Carly
      Yes, it’s one of those titles you wish you’d thought of yourself! Definitely make a point of viewing one of his movies. Maybe I’ll look for a clip on YouTube and post it next week.

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