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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)
1984
1984 O'Brien
(1984)
Becket
Becket Becket / Thomas Becket
(1964)

Filmography

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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 1984
O'Brien
 1981 Circle of Two
Ashley St. Clair
 1975 Jackpot
Reid Lawerence
 1974 Brief Encounter (TV Movie)
Alec Harvey
 1974 The 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
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Richard Burton
- Lucy Meets the Burtons (1970) ... Richard Burton
 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 What's New Pussycat
Man in Strip Club (uncredited)
 1965 The Days of Wilfred Owen (Short)
Narrator
 1964/I Hamlet
Hamlet
 1964 Zulu
Narration spoken by (voice)
 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 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)
Richard
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1950) ... Richard
 1949 Now Barabbas
Paddy
 1949 Women of Dolwyn
Gareth
 1946 The Corn Is Green (TV Movie)
Morgan Evans
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Claire Bloom, Michael Hordern, and Fay Compton in the cast. Michael Benthall was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 44 Articles | 18 Pictorials | 53 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[replying to a cable from Laurence Olivier at the height of the Cleopatra (1963) scandal: "Make up your mind, dear heart. Do you want to be a great actor or a household word?"] Both. See more »

Trivia:

Although his death was sudden, it was not much of a surprise to those who knew him. Burton's health had been declining for several years prior to his death, and he suffered from constant and severe neck pain. He had been warned that his liver was enlarged as early as March 1970, and had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease in April 1981 due to alcoholism. He had a brush ... See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly voice See more »

Nickname:

Rich See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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