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Richard Burton
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  1. Richard Burton1925 - 1984
m. 15 Mar 1964
Facts and Events
Name Richard Burton
Alt Name[3] Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 10 Nov 1925 Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan, Wales
Occupation[3] 1943-1984 Actor
Reference Number? Q151973?
Marriage 15 Mar 1964 Montréal, Île-de-Montréal, Québec, Canadato Elizabeth Taylor
Title (nobility)[3] 1970 Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
Divorce 26 Jun 1974 from Elizabeth Taylor
Other 10 Oct 1975 BotswanaRe-marriage
with Elizabeth Taylor
Divorce 29 Jul 1976 from Elizabeth Taylor
Death[1][3] 5 Aug 1984 Genève, Genève, Switzerland
Burial[3] Vieux Cemetery, Céligny, Genève, Switzerland


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Richard Burton, CBE (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 19255 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice,[1] Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called "the natural successor to Olivier" by critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic,[1] Burton's failure to live up to those expectations disappointed critics and colleagues and fuelled his legend as a great thespian wastrel.[1]

Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars. By the late 1960s, Burton was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple's turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Dowd, Maureen. "Richard Burton, 58, is Dead; Rakish Stage and Screen Star", in The New York Times. (New York, New York), [1], 6 Aug 1984.
  2.   Richard Burton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Richard Burton, in Find A Grave: Vieux Cemetery, Celigny, Geneva, Switzerland, Memorial# 2033, Jan 01, 2001.

    Birth: Nov. 10, 1925, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
    Death: Aug. 5, 1984, Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
    Burial: Vieux Cemetery, Celigny, Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

    Actor. He is best remembered for his roles in such movies as "Cleopatra" (1963), "Where Eagles Dare" (1971), "Raid on Rommel" (1973), as the voice of Sir Winston Churchill in the television series, "The Valiant Years," and for being married to Actress Elizabeth Taylor twice. Born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, as Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr, he would take his stage name from his former schoolteacher, Philip Burton, and grew up speaking Cymraeg (Welsh) as well as English. The twelfth of thirteen children to a poor Welsh miner, he believed that the way out of an impoverished Welsh living was to read, and he was always reading books. With the help of Philip Burton, he received a scholarship to Oxford University and studied acting. He made his first stage appearance in 1943, while in the Royal Navy during World War II, and began his acting career in 1947. He played in several British films in the late 1950s, but his star status began with his role of King Arthur in the Broadway version of "Camelot" (1960), which earned him a Tony Award, and his role of Marc Anthony in "Cleopatra" (1963). During the filming of "Cleopatra" he had an affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor, and eventually they both divorced their spouses to marry each other, and became headline objects for the Tabloids thereafter. For several years, the team of Burton-Taylor was hot at the box office, and they made several films together, including "The VIPs" (1963), "The Sandpiper" (1965), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), and "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967). Burton was honored with seven Oscar nominations, but never won. In 1970, he was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He was married five times (twice to Elizabeth Taylor), and had two children. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, of a cerebral hemorrhage less than a week before he was to begin reprising his role of Colonel Allen Faulkner in "Wild Geese II," the sequel to his successful role in "The Wild Geese" (1978), and the film was dedicated to his memory. He once said about himself, "I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it's rather an attractive image." (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)