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Burt Lancaster: Circus Acrobat Turned Actor

"The Flame and the Arrow", "The Crimson Pirate"and "Trapeze".

Mention the name of actor Burt Lancaster and one of the following performances may come to mind:

Sgt. Milton Warden in "From Here to Eternity"
Bill Starbuck of "The Rainmaker"
Wyatt Earp of "The Gunfight at the OK Corral"
Elmer Gentry of "Elmer Gentry"
Dr. Ernst Janning of "Judgement at Nuremberg"
Robert Franklin Stroud of "The Birdman of Alcatraz" and
Gen. James Matton Scott of "Seven Days in May"

However, very rarely are the three motion pictures of this article mentioned, or even remembered.

The road to being an actor started when 19 year old Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster met Nicholas Cuccia (pronounced coo-cha) in New York City. The two young men would become life long friends and together went to the "Union Settlement House's" summer camp at "Palisades Interstate Park". There they lear…