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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 regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins, a coal miner. His mother died while he was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare Maj. Smith
(1968)
Nineteen Eighty-Four
(1984)
Becket
Becket Becket / Thomas Becket
(1964)

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 1981 Circle of Two
Ashley St. Clair
 1975 Jackpot
Reid Lawerence
 1974 Klansman
Breck Stancill
 1974 The Voyage
Cesare Braggi
 1972 Bluebeard
Kurt Von Sepper
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
Hammersmith
 1972 Under Milk Wood
First Man
 1971 Villain
Vic Dakin
 1971 Raid on Rommel
Foster
 1969 Staircase
Harry Leeds
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
 1968 Candy
MacPhisto
 1968 Boom!
Chris Flanders
 1967 The Comedians
Brown
 1965 What's New Pussycat
Man in Strip Club (uncredited)
 1964/I Hamlet
Hamlet
 1964 Zulu
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 1960 The Bramble Bush
Dr. Guy Montford
 1960 Ice Palace
Zeb Kennedy
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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 1957 Bitter Victory
Captain Leith
 1957 Sea Wife
Biscuit
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Dr. Major Rama Safti
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Robert 'Bob' Hammond
 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 Christopher Fry's play, "The Lady's Not for Burning", at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Pamela Brown, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Harcourt Williams and Esme Percy in the cast. John Gielgud and Esme Percy were also the directors. See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 47 Articles | 18 Pictorials | 53 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[asked why he refused to see his performance in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I don't want to kill myself. See more »

Trivia:

Was a drinking partner of Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole until O'Toole was forced to give up drinking after surgery in 1976. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Dick See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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