Richard Burton young
November 10, 1925
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
8.5 US | 42 EU
Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan, Wales, U.K., 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.
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
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).
When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.
(on Elizabeth Taylor) I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.
An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.
You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.
All great art comes from people who are either ugly or have a terrible inferiority complex. I know no one who is beautiful and produces art.
Albert Finney is the greatest actor in the world. Then Peter O'Toole. Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud belong to another time and place. They're immortal, but remote from the rest of us. Sean Connery is vastly underrated. I would like to do a play with Michael Caine, whom I respect. I like Alan Bates. Frank Finlay is a hard man to follow in the second act. Unbeatable self-discipline.