Notable Roles: From Here to Eternity (1953); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961); Atlantic City (1980); Airport (1970); The Leopard (1963)

A native New Yorker, Lancaster had a naturally rough edge and competitive nature. He was a self-taught actor who got his start in the army during World War II. An athiest and liberal activist, he polarized critics and his choice to focus on art films and riskier productions such as Luchino Visconti's The Leopard are what cast him out of the limelight. He was more comfortable out of the focus of the media, though his work and style were admired by many of his contemporaries.