Nick Cravat

Actor, Acrobat
A muscular, pint-sized acrobat with wavy hair and dark, swarthy good looks, he was Burt Lancaster's partner when they formed Lang and Cravat and toured in circuses and vaudeville in the 1930s. Lancaster largely left the ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1912 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1977 (Movie)

M'Ling (Actor)

The Midnight Man 1973 (Movie)

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The Scalphunters 1968 (Movie)

Ramon (Actor)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

Calvelli (Actor)

Cat Ballou 1964 (Movie)

Ad-Lib (Actor)

Run Silent, Run Deep 1958 (Movie)

Russo (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Apprentice (Actor)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Bustedluck (Actor)

King Richard and the Crusaders 1954 (Movie)

Nectobanus (Actor)

Three Ring Circus 1954 (Movie)

Timmy (Actor)

The Crimson Pirate 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Flame and the Arrow 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Davy Crockett (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A muscular, pint-sized acrobat with wavy hair and dark, swarthy good looks, he was Burt Lancaster's partner when they formed Lang and Cravat and toured in circuses and vaudeville in the 1930s. Lancaster largely left the tumbling world when he injured his hand and later went into war service; Cravat, meanwhile, continued solo and also appeared in bit parts in several films. When Lancaster hit it big after WWII and moved from noirs to hearty action pictures, he called on his old pal to spice up the goings-on with some spectacular acrobatics. Cravat obliged his longtime friend splendidly as his comic sidekick in two enjoyably tongue-in-cheek swashbucklers, "The Flame and the Arrow" (1950) and "The Crimson Pirate" (1952). He subsequently enjoyed a rather modest screen career almost entirely playing bit parts in films starring Lancaster. Although Cravat played roles in non-Lancaster films ranging from "The Veils of Bagdad" (1953) to "The Way West" (1967), most of his credits--"Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958), "The Scalphunters" (1968) and his last, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1977)--prominently featured Cravat's roistering buddy of long standing.

Milestones

1977

Last film, "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

1953

First major acting role in a film without Burt Lancaster, "The Veils of Bagdad"

1950

Played first major film role in "The Flame and the Arrow"

1941

Earliest film appearances include a bit part in the serial, "Junior G-Men of the Air"

1932

Formed the Lang and Cravat acrobatic team with Burt Lancaster

Lang and Cravat toured in vaudeville, nightclubs and circuses, including the Ringling Brothers Circus, during the Depression

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