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Richard Burton

1925-11-10 Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK

Image of 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Burton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Julie Andrews - La mélodie de la vie Self (Archive Footage) 2019-12-25
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity Self (archive footage) 2009-11-29
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: Live on Stage! George Herbert, The Journalist (archive sound) 2006-11-06
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self (archive material) 2003-01-01
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood Self (archive footage) 2001-04-03
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 Self 1999-01-01
Under Milk Wood Narrator (Voice) 1992-04-19
Legends in Love Self (archive footage) 1989-01-01
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick Self (archive footage) 1989-01-01
Richard Burton: In from the Cold Self (Archive Footage) 1988-09-20
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC Self (archive footage) 1988-05-16
To Be Hamlet Richard Burton 1985-01-19
Nineteen Eighty-Four O'Brien 1984-11-09
Alice in Wonderland White Knight 1983-10-03
To the Ends of the Earth Narrator 1983-01-01
All-Star Party for Frank Sinatra Self 1983-12-11
I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind Narrator 1983-04-26
Lovespell King Mark of Cornwall 1981-12-31
Circle of Two Ashley St. Clair 1981-05-07
Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz Teil II Sergeant Steiner 1979-03-01
Stars' War - The Flight of the Wild Geese Himself 1978-01-01
The Wild Geese Col. Allen Faulkner 1978-06-28
The Medusa Touch John Morlar 1978-04-13
Absolution Father Goddard 1978-06-05
Exorcist II: The Heretic Father Philip Lamont 1977-06-17
Equus Martin Dysart 1977-10-16
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years Self 1976-11-28
Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry Malcolm Lowry (voice) 1976-01-01
Il viaggio Cesare Braggi 1974-03-11
Brief Encounter Alec Harvey 1974-11-12
The Klansman Breck Stancill 1974-10-25
The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill 1974-11-29
Rappresaglia SS-Obersturmbannführer Herbert Kappler 1973-10-04
Sutjeska Josip Broz Tito 1973-07-03
The Assassination of Trotsky Leon Trotsky 1972-04-20
Hammersmith Is Out Hammersmith 1972-05-12
Bluebeard Baron von Sepper 1972-09-01
Under Milk Wood First Man 1972-01-27
Raid on Rommel Capt. Alex Foster 1971-02-12
Mooch Goes to Hollywood Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1971-12-31
Villain Vic Dakin 1971-05-26
Anne of the Thousand Days King Henry VIII 1969-12-18
The Violent Universe Narrator - Verse Spoken 1969-04-11
Staircase Harry Leeds 1969-08-20
Boom! Chris Flanders 1968-05-26
Where Eagles Dare Maj. Smith 1968-12-04
Candy MacPhisto 1968-12-17
On Location: Where Eagles Dare 1968-11-01
The Comedians in Africa Self (uncredited) 1967-08-31
The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio 1967-03-08
The Comedians Brown 1967-10-31
Doctor Faustus Doctor Faustus 1967-10-10
Acting in the 60's: Richard Burton Interviewee 1967-04-01
Per Firenze Himself - Narrator 1966-11-23
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George 1966-06-22
A Statue for 'The Sandpiper' Self 1965-04-30
What's New Pussycat? Man In Strip Club 1965-06-22
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Alec Leamas 1965-12-16
The Sandpiper Edward Hewitt 1965-06-23
The Big Sur Self / Narrator 1965-05-01
Hamlet from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Hamlet 1964-09-23
Zulu Narration spoken 1964-01-22
The Night of the Iguana Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon 1964-08-06
On the Trail of the Iguana Self 1964-04-30
Becket Becket / Thomas Becket 1964-03-11
The V.I.P.s Paul Andros 1963-09-01
Cleopatra Marcus Antonius 1963-06-12
The Longest Day Flying Officer David Campbell 1962-09-25
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe Himself 1962-02-11
A Tribute to Dylan Thomas 1961-01-01
The Bramble Bush Dr. Guy Montford 1960-02-24
Ice Palace Zeb Kennedy 1960-01-02
A Subject of Scandal and Concern 1960-11-06
The Tempest Caliban 1960-02-13
The Fifth Column 1960-01-29
Borrowed Pasture Narrator 1960-01-01
Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter 1959-09-15
March to Aldermaston Narrator (voice) 1959-02-01
Wuthering Heights Heathcliff 1958-05-09
Bitter Victory Capt. Leith 1957-08-28
Sea Wife Biscuit 1957-10-16
Alexander the Great Alexander 1956-03-28
The Rains of Ranchipur Dr. Major Rama Safti 1955-12-14
Prince of Players Edwin Booth 1955-01-11
Thursday's Children Narrator (voice) 1954-05-01
The Desert Rats Captain "Tammy" MacRoberts 1953-05-20
The Robe Marcellus Gallio 1953-09-16
My Cousin Rachel Philip Ashley 1952-12-25
Green Grow the Rushes Robert 'Bob' Hammond 1951-11-06
Waterfront Ben Satterthwaite 1950-07-26
The Woman with No Name Nick Chamerd 1950-10-31
The Last Days of Dolwyn Gareth 1949-04-13
Now Barabbas Paddy 1949-05-24