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Richard Burton

Richard Burton
Photo: 20th Century Fox / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

November 10, 1925


August 5, 1984


United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark brown

Eye color



5 ft 10 in | 178 cm


75 kg | 165 pounds

Shoe size

8.5 US | 42 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan, Wales, on November 10, 1925, was an Welsh actor.

Young Richard Burton first started performing in his school's production of the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw's "The Apple Cart".

He played Professor Henry Higgins in a school production of "Pygmalion" (1943).

He began his professional acting career on stage in a play "Druid's Nest" (1943) in role as Glen, at Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "The Lady's Not for Burning" (1950-1951) in role as Richard, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York City, for which he won a Theatre World Award.

He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as King Arthur in a musical "Camelot" (1961).

He made his big screen debut in British drama film The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949) in role as Gareth Richard.

Burton's breakthrough performance came as Philip Ashley in his Hollywood debut in mystery romance film My Cousin Rachel (1952) opposite Olivia de Havilland, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and he won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in movies:

The Robe (1953) Biblical epic in role as Marcellus Gallio

Becket (1964) drama in role as Thomas Becket

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) Cold War spy in role as Alec Leamas, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) black comedy drama in role as George, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) drama romance in role as King Henry VIII

Equus (1977) drama in role as Martin Dysart, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor

He was nominated for the BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his roles in movies:

The Taming of the Shrew (1967) romantic comedy in role as Petruchio

Look Back in Anger (1959) drama in role as Jimmy Porter

He played Mark Antony in epic historical drama film Cleopatra (1963) opposite Elizabeth Taylor.

Alexander the Great (1956) epic historical drama in role as Alexander the Great

Where Eagles Dare (1968) drama action opposite Clint Eastwood

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) dystopian science fiction opposite John Hurt

The Night of the Iguana (1964) drama opposite Ava Gardner

The Taming of the Shrew (1967) romantic comedy with Elizabeth Taylor

The Wild Geese (1978) thriller action opposite Roger Moore and Richard Harris

The Desert Rats (1953) drama war with James Mason

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) horror opposite Linda Blair and Max von Sydow

The Sandpiper (1965) drama with Elizabeth Taylor and Charles Bronson

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Phipps Ogden in CBS television miniseries Ellis Island (1984).


Attended the Eastern Primary School and Port Talbot Secondary School.

Studied at Exeter College, Oxford.

He was the twelfth of thirteen children.

He served the RAF as navigator for three years.

He and Elizabeth Taylor starred together in 11 movies.

Was close friends of actor Humphrey Bogart and president of Yugoslavia, Marshall Josip Broz Tito.

He was inducted posthumously into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, next to Elizabeth Taylor's Star.

He was honored with a Special Tony Award in 1976.

He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his roles as Albert in "Time Remembered" (1957–1958) and as Prince Hamlet in Richard Burton's "Hamlet" (1964).

Was a fan of baseball.

He was an alcoholic.

Burton died on August 5, 1984, Céligny, Switzerland, at the age of 58.


He was married to:

Sally Burton (1983-1984)

Susan Hunt (1976-1982)

Elizabeth Taylor (1964-1974, 1975-1976)

Sybil Williams (1949-1963), they had two daughters, Kate and Jessica


He was engaged to Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (1975).

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