Today, boys and girls, I’d like to honor two distinguished BURTs who have left their unique mark in their respective fields….but first, here’s a distinguished Bert who’s a different kettle of fish in his own right:
Thank you, Bert, for ‘e‘asing us into this tribute to our honorees. Let us now introduce the first of our two ‘u‘ Burts, the Burt-man of actors, BURT LANCASTER:
Lancaster was born in 1913 in NYC. He starred in his first film (“The Killers”) in 1946 and went on to appear in 85 movies in his long career, also directing 3 and producing 23. Oddly enough, I never thought of him as one of my favorite actors, yet he starred in some of my all-time favorite films: ELMER GANTRY (1960/Academy Award for Best Actor), JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961), THE SWIMMER (1968), ATLANTIC CITY (1980), and LOCAL HERO (1983). His last film was FIELD OF DREAMS (1989).
Last but not Lancaster, we have composer/song writer BURT BACHARACH who, like the other Burt, isn’t one of my favorites in his chosen field, but nonetheless wrote (with Hal David) a number of my favorite 1960’s songs, including WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE (1965), WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT (1965), ALFIE (1966), I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (1967), DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE (1968), THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (1968), I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (1969), and this Academy Award winner from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969):
This wraps up another thrilling episode in my “THIS POST IS FOR THE ____” (anything from BIRDS to BURTS) series. Dew drop in again next time (Feb. 5), boys and girls, to see weather the reign drops dead or keeps callin’ in my head. The series has to end sometime….but when? The suspense is about to kill me.