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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 »

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Becket Becket / Thomas Becket


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 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Phipps Ogden
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Sen. Phipps Ogden
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Sen. Phipps Ogden
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Sen. Phipps Ogden
 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
 1981-1984 Wagner (TV Series)
Richard Wagner
- Episode #1.9 (1984) ... Richard Wagner
- Episode #1.8 (1984) ... Richard Wagner
- Episode #1.7 (1984) ... Richard Wagner
- Episode #1.6 (1984) ... Richard Wagner
- Episode #1.10 (1983) ... Richard Wagner
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
White Knight
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... White Knight
 1982 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Richard Burton
- Reluctant Traveling Companion (1982) ... Richard Burton
 1981 Lovespell
King Mark of Cornwall
 1981 Circle of Two
Ashley St. Clair
 1979 Breakthrough
Sgt. Rolf Steiner
 1978 California Suite
Richard Burton on TV (uncredited)
 1978 Absolution
Father Goddard
 1978 The Wild Geese
Colonel Allen Faulkner
 1978 The Medusa Touch
 1977 Equus
Martin Dysart
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
Father Philip Lamont
 1975 Jackpot
Reid Lawerence
 1974 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
Winston Churchill
 1974 Brief Encounter (TV Movie)
Alec Harvey
 1974 Klansman
Breck Stancill
 1974 The Voyage
Cesare Braggi
 1973 Massacre in Rome
Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler
 1973 Sutjeska
Josip Broz Tito
 1973 Divorce His - Divorce Hers (TV Movie)
Martin Reynolds
 1972 Bluebeard
Kurt Von Sepper
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
 1972 The Assassination of Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
 1972 Under Milk Wood
First Man
 1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood (TV Movie)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1971 Villain
Vic Dakin
 1971 Raid on Rommel
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Richard Burton
- Lucy Meets the Burtons (1970) ... Richard Burton
 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days
King Henry VIII
 1969 Staircase
Harry Leeds
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
 1968 Where Eagles Dare
Maj. Smith
 1968 Candy
 1968 Boom!
Chris Flanders
 1967 Wir sterben vor (Short)
 1967 The Comedians
 1967 Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus
 1967 The Taming of the Shrew
 1965 The Sandpiper
Dr. Edward Hewitt
 1965 What's New Pussycat
Man in Strip Club (uncredited)
 1965 The Days of Wilfred Owen (Short)
 1964/I Hamlet
 1964 The Night of the Iguana
Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon
 1964 Becket
Becket / Thomas Becket
 1964 Zulu
Narration spoken by (voice)
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Paul Andros
 1963 Cleopatra
Mark Antony
 1962 The Longest Day
Flying Officer David Campbell
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
George Holyoake
- A Subject of Scandal and Concern (1960) ... George Holyoake
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Dr. Guy Montford
 1960 The Tempest (TV Movie)
 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 Look Back in Anger
Jimmy Porter
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Wuthering Heights (1958) ... Heathcliff
 1957 Bitter Victory
Captain Leith
 1957 Sea Wife
 1956 The James Mason Show (TV Series)
Performer (1956)
 1956 Alexander the Great
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Dr. Major Rama Safti
 1955 Prince of Players
Edwin Booth
 1953 The Robe
Marcellus Gallio
 1953 The Desert Rats
Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts
 1952 My Cousin Rachel
Philip Ashley
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Mat Burke
- Anna Christie (1952) ... Mat Burke
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Robert 'Bob' Hammond
 1951 Michèle and René (TV Series)
Prince Henry
- Up the River (1951) ... Prince Henry
 1950 Her Panelled Door
Nick Chamerd
 1950 Waterfront Women
Ben Satterthwaite
 1950 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1950) ... Richard
 1949 Now Barabbas
 1949 Women of Dolwyn
 1946 The Corn Is Green (TV Movie)
Morgan Evans
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Neville and Zena Walker in the cast. Michael Benthall was director. See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 16 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 47 Articles | 18 Pictorials | 53 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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All I wanted to do was to live, pick up a new Jag, and act at the Old Vic. See more »


Is one of 13 actors who have received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a real-life king. The others in chronological order are Charles Laughton for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), Robert Morley for Marie Antoinette (1938), Basil Rathbone for If I Were King (1938), Laurence Olivier for Henry V (1944) and Richard III (1955), José Ferrer for Joan of Arc (1948), Yul Brynner ... See more »


Frequantly played historic or real-life figures. See more »


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