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Burt Lancaster
 Roles turned down by Burt Lancaster:

The Agony and The Ecstasy
Production on this film was held up for 3 years starting in 1961, waiting for Burt Lancaster to play the role of Michelangelo but he was not eventually cast.
Actor who got the part: Charlton Heston

The Alamo
Clark Gable was reportedly considered for the Travis role and Burt Lancaster for the Bowie role.

Ben Hur
Burt Lancaster turned down the part of Judah Ben-Hur played by Charlton Heston.
Actor who got the part: Charlton Heston

The Godfather
Lancaster lost the role of Vito Corleone to Marlon Brando.
Actor who got the part: Marlon Brando

Khartoum
Turned down the leading role of Major General Charles Gordon.
Actor who got the part: Charlton Heston

Maria's Lovers
Lancaster had suffered a heart attack and undergone a quadruple bypass, which forced him to withdraw from the film.
Actor who got the part: Robert Mitchum

Old Gringo
Burt Lancaster was cast as Ambrose Bierce, but couldn't get coverage because of his medical history, so was replaced by Gregory Peck.
Actor who got the part: Gregory Peck

Patton
Turned down the leading role because of lifelong adherence to progressive politics.
Actor who got the part: George C. Scott

The Poseidon Adventure
Burt Lancaster admitted on the "Larry King" show, that he didn't think the part of Reverend Scott was right for him, even though the film was very entertaining.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

A Streetcar Named Desire
Director Elia Kazan had Lancaster in mind to play brutish Stanley Kowalski, his second choice after John Garfield.
Actor who got the part: Marlon Brando

Under Capricorn
Alfred Hitchcock wanted to pair Ingrid Bergman with Lancaster as a violent, former Irish stablehand. Lancaster proved too expensive.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Cotten

The Wild Bunch
Turned down the role of "Pike Bishop."
Actor who got the part: William Holden






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