Burt Lancaster was noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes and distinctive smile (which he called "The Grin".) Lancaster came to be regarded as one of the best motion picture actors in history. Nominated four times for Academy Awards, winning one for Elmer Gantry in 1960. In 1999 the American Film Institute named Lancaster 19th among the greatest male stars of all time.
President John F. Kennedy greets the first group of departing Peace Corps Volunteers, leaving for Tanganyika and Ghana, in the the Oval Office. Photographer: Robert Knudsen/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston