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Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Richard Burton CBE (born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called "the natural successor to Olivier" by critic Kenneth Tynan. A heavy drinker, Burton's perceived failure to live up to those expectations disappointed some critics and colleagues and added to his image as a great performer who had wasted his talent. Nevertheless, he is widely regarded as one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation.

Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars. By the late 1960s, Burton was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remained closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple's turbulent relationship, in which they were married twice and divorced twice, was rarely out of the news.

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  • BIRTH 10/11/1925
  • DEATH 05/08/1984
  • Country United Kingdom
  • SHOWS 2
  • MOVIES 39
  • PRODUCTION 1

Shows (2)

Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Alec Harvey / Caliban / Winston Churchill
Tony Awards
Tony Awards
Arthur (archive footage) / Self - Host / Self - Nominee / Award Accepter / Self - Nominee/Presenter

Movies (39)

The Longest Day
The Longest Day
Flying Officer David Campbell
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four
O'Brien
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
Marcus Antonius
Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
Maj. Smith
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Father Philip Lamont
Zulu
Zulu
Narration spoken
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
George
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Alec Leamas
The Medusa Touch
The Medusa Touch
John Morlar
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Baron von Sepper
The Sandpiper
The Sandpiper
Edward Hewitt
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
Petruchio
The Desert Rats
The Desert Rats
Captain "Tammy" MacRoberts
Absolution
Absolution
Father Goddard
Anne of the Thousand Days
Anne of the Thousand Days
King Henry VIII
The Assassination of Trotsky
The Assassination of Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: Live on Stage!
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of…
George Herbert, The Journalist (archive sound)
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Alexander
The Night of the Iguana
The Night of the Iguana
Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon
Thursday's Children
Thursday's Children
Narrator (voice)
Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz Teil II
Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz Teil II
Sergeant Steiner
Julie Andrews - La mélodie de la vie
Julie Andrews - La mélodie de la vie
Self (Archive Footage)
My Cousin Rachel
My Cousin Rachel
Philip Ashley
Boom!
Boom!
Chris Flanders
The Wild Geese
The Wild Geese
Col. Allen Faulkner
Ice Palace
Ice Palace
Zeb Kennedy
Un mur à Jérusalem
Un mur à Jérusalem
Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
Alec Harvey
Lovespell
Lovespell
King Mark of Cornwall
Candy
Candy
MacPhisto
Look Back in Anger
Look Back in Anger
Jimmy Porter
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years
Self
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Becket
Becket
Becket / Thomas Becket
Under Milk Wood
Under Milk Wood
First Man
Equus
Equus
Martin Dysart
The Robe
The Robe
Marcellus Gallio
Green Grow the Rushes
Green Grow the Rushes
Robert 'Bob' Hammond

Production

The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew