Nick Cravat; Longtime Actor, Acrobat

Nick Cravat, the diminutive acrobat who worked with actor Burt Lancaster in circus tours and films, has died. He was 82.

Cravat died Saturday of lung cancer at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home in Woodland Hills.

A childhood friend of Lancaster, Cravat toured with him in circuses and vaudeville shows in the 1930s as the Lang and Cravat acrobatic team.

Later, he became an actor, too, and performed acrobatic stunts with Lancaster in the films “The Flame and the Arrow” in 1950 and “The Crimson Pirate” in 1952. They shared billing in the 1977 film “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” which was Cravat’s last.


Cravat also appeared in the films “My Friend Irma” in 1949, “The File on Thelma Jordan” in 1950, “Ten Tall Men” in 1951, “The Crimson Pirate” in 1952, “Veils of Bagdad” in 1953, “King Richard and the Crusaders” in 1954, “Three Ring Circus” in 1954, “Davy Crockett” in 1955, “The Story of Mankind” in 1957, “Run Silent, Run Deep” in 1958, “Cat Ballou” in 1965, “The Way West” in 1967, “The Scalphunters” in 1968, “Valdez Is Coming” in 1971, “Ulzana’s Raid” in 1972 and “The Midnight Man” in 1974.

The actor is survived by two daughters, Tina and Marcy.