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Richard Burton (I) (1925–1984)


Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. The young Richard Jenkins was the son of a Welsh coal miner, and he received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting and made his first stage appearance in the... See full bio »

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Phipps Ogden
 1981 Circle of Two
Ashley St. Clair
 1975 Jackpot
Reid Lawerence
 1974 Brief Encounter (TV Movie)
Alec Harvey
 1974 Klansman
Breck Stancill
 1974 The Voyage
Cesare Braggi
 1973 Divorce His - Divorce Hers (TV Movie)
Martin Reynolds
 1972 Bluebeard
Kurt Von Sepper
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
Hammersmith
 1972 Under Milk Wood
First Man
 1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood (TV Movie)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1971 Villain
Vic Dakin
 1971 Raid on Rommel
Foster
 1969 Staircase
Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
 1968 Candy
MacPhisto
 1968 Boom!
Chris Flanders
 1967 Wir sterben vor (Short)
Narrator
 1967 The Comedians
Brown
 1965 The Sandpiper
Dr. Edward Hewitt
 1965 What's New Pussycat
Man in Strip Club (uncredited)
 1965 The Days of Wilfred Owen (Short)
Narrator
 1964/I Hamlet
Hamlet
 1964 Zulu
Narrator (voice)
 1962 The Longest Day
Flying Officer David Campbell
 1960 Borrowed Pasture (TV Short)
Narrator
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Dr. Guy Montford
 1960 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Caliban
 1960 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
Philip Rawlings
- The Fifth Column (1960) ... Philip Rawlings
 1960 The Fifth Column (TV Movie)
 1960 Ice Palace
Zeb Kennedy
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Narrator
 1957 Bitter Victory
Captain Leith
 1957 Sea Wife
Biscuit
 1956 The James Mason Show (TV Series)
Performer (1956)
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Dr. Major Rama Safti
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Mat Burke
- Anna Christie (1952) ... Mat Burke
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Robert 'Bob' Hammond
 1951 For the Children (TV Series)
Prince Henry
- King Henry IV, Part 1 (1951) ... Prince Henry
 1950 Her Panelled Door
Nick Chamerd
 1950 Waterfront Women
Ben Satterthwaite
 1949 Now Barabbas
Paddy
 1949 Women of Dolwyn
Gareth
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Other Works:

He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Claire Bloom, John Neville, Michael Hordern, Fay Compton, Robert Hardy, and Paul Daneman in the cast. Michael Benthall was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Interviews | 43 Articles | 18 Pictorials | 53 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

Actors go through cycles - remarkable, weird cycles. There was one period from 1956 to 1961 or so when I couldn't do anything right. My voice went foul, my luck was bad, I chose badly. I thought I had lost what I had, and I nearly retired right then and there. See more »

Trivia:

In November 1974, Burton was asked to write an article about Sir Winston Churchill for "The New York Times". Since Burton had just played the wartime leader in The Gathering Storm (1974), the newspaper expected a laudatory piece. Instead they were presented with a rant about Churchill the right-wing politician, whom Burton wrote, "to know him is to hate him". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently played self-loathing characters, particularly in his later career. See more »

Nickname:

Rich See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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