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Richard Burton is a Welsh celebrity with an estimated net worth of $50 million dollars. Born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, Richard Burton, also called Richard Walter Jenkins, was mostly raised by his older sister after his mother passed away. His father was largely absent. His father excelled at sports, as well as in music and public speaking, and was afterwards made a ward of among his teachers, Philip H. Burton, who took an interest in mentoring the noticeably amazing young man. His father went on to attend Exeter College, Oxford, and after that joined the Royal Air Force as a navigator.

Richard Burton Net Worth $50 Million Dollars

From the late 40s, Richard Burton had established himself as Britain’s most promising celebrity, and his performance in “Henry V” as Prince Hal at the Stratford proved to his debut ground. He went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous stars, and was among the very first performers to accomplish super stardom. Richard Burton passed away at age 58 from a cerebral hemorrhage.


Richard Burton information

Richard Burton information

Birth date: November 10, 1925, in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK
Death date: August 5, 1984, Céligny, Switzerland
Birth place: Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK
Height:1.78 m
Profession:Cinema Actor
Education:Port Talbot Secondary School, Port Talbot Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF), Exeter College, Oxford
Nationality:British
Spouse:Sybil Williams (1949 – 1963), Elizabeth Taylor (1964-1976), Suzy Miller (1976 – 1982), Sally Hay (1983-1984)
Children:Maria Burton, Jessica Burton, Liza Todd Burton, Kate Burton
Parents:Edith Maude Jenkins, Richard Walter Jenkins
Siblings:Cecilia Jenkins, Tom Jenkins, Verdun Jenkins, Graham Jenkins, David Jenkins, Ifor Jenkins
Awards:Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Academy Award (Oscars), BAFTA, Golden Globe, Tony Awards for Best Actor
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Movies:“Cleopatra” (1963), “The Sandpiper” (1965), “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), “Becket” (1964), “The Night of the Iguana” (1964), “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (1965), “Ellis Island” (1984)
TV shows:“Private Lives of Noel Coward” (1983)

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ellis Island1984TV Mini-SeriesSen. Phipps Ogden
Nineteen Eighty-Four1984O'Brien
Wagner1981-1983TV SeriesRichard Wagner
Great Performances1983TV SeriesWhite Knight
Lovespell1981King Mark of Cornwall
Circle of Two1981Ashley St. Clair
Breakthrough1979Sgt. Rolf Steiner
Absolution1978Father Goddard
The Wild Geese1978Colonel Allen Faulkner
The Medusa Touch1978Morlar
Equus1977Martin Dysart
Exorcist II: The Heretic1977Father Philip Lamont
Jackpot1975Reid Lawerence
The Gathering Storm1974TV MovieWinston Churchill
Brief Encounter1974TV MovieAlec Harvey
Klansman1974Breck Stancill
The Voyage1974Cesare Braggi
Massacre in Rome1973Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler
Sutjeska1973Josip Broz Tito
Divorce His - Divorce Hers1973TV MovieMartin Reynolds
Bluebeard1972Kurt Von Sepper
Hammersmith Is Out1972Hammersmith
The Assassination of Trotsky1972Leon Trotsky
Under Milk Wood1972First Man
Mooch Goes to Hollywood1971TV MovieNarrator (uncredited)
Villain1971Vic Dakin
Raid on Rommel1971Foster
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesRichard Burton
Anne of the Thousand Days1969King Henry VIII
Staircase1969Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry
Laughter in the Dark1969Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
Candy1968MacPhisto
Where Eagles Dare1968Maj. Smith
Boom!1968Chris Flanders
Wir sterben vor1967ShortNarrator
The Comedians1967Brown
Doctor Faustus1967Doctor Faustus
The Taming of the Shrew1967Petruchio
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?1966George
The Sandpiper1965Dr. Edward Hewitt
What's New Pussycat1965Man in Strip Club (uncredited)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold1965Alec Leamas
The Days of Wilfred Owen1965ShortNarrator
Hamlet1964/IHamlet
The Night of the Iguana1964Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon
Becket1964Becket Thomas Becket
Zulu1964Narration spoken by (voice)
Cleopatra1963Mark Antony
The V.I.P.s1963Paul Andros
The Longest Day1962Flying Officer David Campbell
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Holyoake
The Bramble Bush1960Dr. Guy Montford
The Tempest1960TV MovieCaliban
Buick-Electra Playhouse1960TV SeriesPhilip Rawlings
The Fifth Column1960TV Movie
Ice Palace1960Zeb Kennedy
Look Back in Anger1959Jimmy Porter
A Midsummer Night's Dream1959Narrator
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV SeriesHeathcliff
Bitter Victory1957Captain Leith
Sea Wife1957Biscuit
The James Mason Show1956TV SeriesPerformer (1956)
Alexander the Great1956Alexander
The Rains of Ranchipur1955Dr. Major Rama Safti
Prince of Players1955Edwin Booth
The Robe1953Marcellus Gallio
The Desert Rats1953Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts
My Cousin Rachel1952Philip Ashley
Celanese Theatre1952TV SeriesMat Burke
Green Grow the Rushes1951Robert 'Bob' Hammond
Michèle and René1951TV SeriesPrince Henry
Her Panelled Door1950Nick Chamerd
Waterfront Women1950Ben Satterthwaite
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1950TV SeriesRichard
Now Barabbas1949Paddy
Women of Dolwyn1949Gareth
The Corn Is Green1946TV MovieMorgan Evans

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Faustus1967producer
The Guest1963associate producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Faustus1967

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fargo2015TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Opening2009Short grateful acknowledgment
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentary dedicated to the memory of
Wild Geese II1985dedicatee
Nineteen Eighty-Four1984acknowledgment: with love and admiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show2015TV Movie documentaryKing Arthur
The Great Hamlets1983TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
To the Ends of the Earth1983DocumentaryNarrator
All-Star Party for Frank Sinatra1983TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind1983TV MovieHimself / Narrator (voice)
The Fall Guy1982TV SeriesHimself
Star-Studded Spoof of the New TV Season, G-Rated, with Glamour, Glitter and Gags1982TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Live from Lincoln Center1980TV SeriesHimself
California Suite1978Himself on TV (uncredited)
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV SpecialHimself - Interview
Wer sagt mir, wer ich bin...1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Good Morning America1977-1978TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself
The People's Command Performance1978TV SpecialHimself
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Greats1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Kane on Friday1977TV SeriesHimself
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host / Special Award Recipient and Presenter: Best Scenic Designer
Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry1976DocumentaryMalcolm Lowry (voice)
Parkinson1974TV SeriesHimself
Film '721974TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Apropos Film1973TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema1972TV Series documentaryHimself
Bitte umblättern1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
A World of Love1970TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
60 Minutes1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Anne Boleyn's England1969Documentary shortHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1969TV SeriesHimself
On Location: Where Eagles Dare1968Documentary shortHimself
A Wall in Jerusalem1968DocumentaryNarrator (English version)
Robert Kennedy Remembered1968Documentary shortNarrator
Paris aktuell1968TV Series documentaryHimself
Gala de l'Unicef1967TV SeriesHimself
Public Broadcast Laboratory1967TV SeriesHimself
The Comedians in Africa1967Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Heart of Show Business1967TV MovieHimself - Narrator
Per Firenze1966TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself
A Statue for 'The Sandpiper'1965Documentary shortHimself
The Big Sur1965Documentary shortHimself / Narrator
The Jack Paar Program1964-1965TV SeriesHimself (on film) / Himself
Eulogy to 5.021965Documentary shortNarrator
ABC Scope1964TV Series documentaryHimself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and Presenter
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
On the Trail of the Iguana1964Short documentaryHimself
Inheritance1963Documentary shortNarrator
Farewell to the Vic1963TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe1962TV MovieHimself / Arthur
Camera Three1961TV SeriesHimself
Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years1960-1961TV Series documentaryWinston Churchill
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Musical and Accepting Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director
A Tribute to Dylan Thomas1961Documentary shortHimself
Borrowed Pasture1960TV MovieHimself - Narrator
March to Aldermaston1959Documentary shortNarrator
Cerdyn Nadolig - Igymru Gyfan1958TV Special documentaryHimself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1958TV SeriesHimself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself
Thursday's Children1954Documentary shortNarrator (voice)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Under Milk Wood1992TV MovieFirst Voice
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 21991TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary short
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
Lerner and Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics1988TV MovieKing Arthur
Jack Paar Comes Home1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Comedy Salute to the Soaps1985TV MovieHimself
La nuit des Césars1985TV Series documentaryIn Memoriam
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryGeorge
Lionpower from MGM1967Short uncredited
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner1967ShortNarrator
The Ed Sullivan Show1963TV SeriesSinger / Scene From Camelot
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Welcome to the Basement2012-2015TV SeriesGeorge
Colpo di scena2014TV SeriesHimself
Kulturzeit2012TV SeriesHimself
Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime2012TV MovieHimself
Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds: Minigame Adventure2011Video GameThe Journalist: the narrator-protagonist
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryGeorge
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010TV Series documentaryFather Philip Lamont
Robna kuca2009TV Series documentaryHimself
John le Carré2008Video documentary short
König der Spione - John le Carré2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Duelle2008TV Series documentaryHimself
20 to 12007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Welsh Greats2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds'2006VideoGeorge Herbert, The Journalist
Marcello, una vita dolce2006DocumentaryHimself
John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship2006VideoHimself
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialHimself
Tage und Nächte in Paris2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate2004DocumentaryMark Anthony
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Biography1995-2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Actor 'Cleopatra' / Hamlet
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton2001TV Short documentaryHimself
Reputations2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryBreck Stancill (uncredited)
American Masters1997-2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor / Himself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration2000TV MovieGeorge (trailer of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?') (uncredited)
Omnibus2000TV Series documentary
Hollywood Couples2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Best of British1999TV SeriesMark Antony
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Jeff Wayne's the War of the Worlds1998Video GameThe Journalist / Narrator
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton1997TV Short documentaryHimself
Conan1997TV SeriesCrom
Sphinx - Geheimnisse der Geschichte1994-1997TV Series documentaryMarc Antony
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialArthur
Weddings of a Lifetime1995TV MovieHimself
Great Performances1988-1995TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn March 1, 2013. At 6336 Hollywood Blvd.
1984Best ActorValladolid International Film FestivalNineteen Eighty-Four (1984)· John Hurt
1978Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaEquus (1977)
1976GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for Children· Jonathan Winters (performed by)
· Billy Simpson (performed by)
1973Best ActorTaormina International Film FestivalRappresaglia (1973)
1968BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Dramatic PerformanceWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1966DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, MaleThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
1965Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)Becket (1964)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, MaleBecket (1964)
1953Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleMy Cousin Rachel (1952)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialEllis Island (1984)
1978OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleEquus (1977)
1970OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleAnne of the Thousand Days (1969)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaAnne of the Thousand Days (1969)
1969Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Taming of the Shrew (1967)
1968BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorThe Taming of the Shrew (1967)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star14th place.
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star10th place.
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleBecket (1964)
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaBecket (1964)
1965GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album· John Gielgud
· Hume Cronyn (& Original Cast)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star7th place.
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaLook Back in Anger (1959)
1960BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorLook Back in Anger (1959)
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Robe (1953)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleMy Cousin Rachel (1952)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1966NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star

TitleSalary
Wagner (1981)$1,000,000
Lovespell (1981)$750,000
Circle of Two (1981)$750,000
Absolution (1978)$125,000
The Medusa Touch (1978)$500,000
Equus (1977)$500,000
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)$1,000,000
Brief Encounter (1974)$600,000
Raid on Rommel (1971)$1,000,000
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)$1 m plus percentage of gross
Staircase (1969)$1,250,000 + % of gross
Candy (1968)$50 .000 plus points
Where Eagles Dare (1968)$1,000,000 plus percentage of gross
Boom (1968)$1,000,000 + % of gross
The Comedians (1967)$750,000
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)$750,000 + % of gross
The Sandpiper (1965)$500,000 + % of gross
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)$750,000
The Night of the Iguana (1964)$500,000
Cleopatra (1963)$250,000
The V.I.P.s (1963)$500,000
The Longest Day (1962)$30,000
The Bramble Bush (1960)$125,000
Ice Palace (1960)$125,000
Look Back in Anger (1959)$100,000
Alexander the Great (1956)$100,000
My Cousin Rachel (1952)$50,000

#Fact
1By 1967 he had bursitis, arthritis and dermatitis.
2His film performances were often criticized for lacking emotion.
3According to his listing in Quinlan's Film Stars published 2000 the film Lovespell aka Tristan and Isolte was made in 1979 and was unreleased.
4In Italy for the filming of Cleopatra (1963), he became so frustrated with the numerous delays during its production, he begged Darryl F. Zanuck for a part in the Longest Day just so he could do some work.and was given a cameo role of an RAF pilot. Roddy McDowall who was also filming Cleopatra did the same and ended up with a small role as an American soldier.
5He had an excellent memory and had no difficulty remembering lines until he was fifty. However when he starred in "Equus" on Broadway in 1976 he had great difficulty learning the lines. Burton had not acted on stage for twelve years. He turned down offers to play "King Lear" on stage in Canada in 1978 and 1983 because he said he could no longer remember lines.
6Mentioned in the song "GMF" by John Grant: "Half of the time I think I'm in some movie, I play the underdog of course / I wonder who they'll get to play me, maybe they could dig up Richard Burton's corpse".
7Where Eagles Dare (1968) was his last major hit at the box office. The Wild Geese (1978) was successful in Europe but completely flopped in North America.
8He always wore built up shoes in films and in real life.
9In a 1977 interview with Vincent Kane, describing a five-year period which he barely remembers because of his heavy drinking, Burton recounts introducing himself to 'a very distinguished actor... an American' at a party and the other actor replying, 'Kid, we did a film together! Lasted four months!' The gravelly voice he puts on sounds very like that of Lee Marvin, with whom he made Klansman (1974) shortly before drying out.
10His last surviving sibling, younger brother Graham Jenkins, died in December 2015 aged 88.
11He was accused of racism over remarks he made during a visit to South Africa.
12According to his younger brother Graham Jenkins, Burton smoked at least 100 cigarettes a day, although Penny Junor's biography said he habitually smoked around 60 cigarettes a day. He gave up smoking for a time in 1980 after encouragement from his third wife.
13Is 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 for The King and I (1956), John Gielgud for Becket (1964), Peter O'Toole for Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Robert Shaw for A Man for All Seasons (1966), Kenneth Branagh for Henry V (1989), Nigel Hawthorne for The Madness of King George (1994), and Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010).
14He has two roles in common with Sidney James: (1) Burton played Mark Antony in Cleopatra (1963) while James played him in Carry on Cleo (1964) and (2) Burton played King Henry VIII of England in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) while James played him in Carry on Henry VIII (1971). In both cases, James wore the costume which had originally been worn by Burton.
15Has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Robe (1953), The Longest Day (1962), Cleopatra (1963), Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
16Although 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 with death during the shooting of Klansman (1974) when he nearly drank himself to death. Burton was dried out at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
17According to his listing in Quinlan's Film Stars published 2000, the film Lovespell (1981) aka Tristan and Isolte was made in 1979 and was unreleased.
18He was passionate about books and was a voracious reader.
19Guy Masterson was his great nephew.
20Had a brother Ivor.
21Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 1, 2013 at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard, next to Elizabeth Taylor's star.
22He was well-known for his many acts of extraordinary generosity. For example, during the filming of crowd scenes for "Wagner", he noted that one of the extras would, during breaks in shooting, be in constant floods of tears. He discreetly inquired the reason for this and was told that she was newly-widowed and penniless and had taken the job as an extra in a desperate bid to raise money to pay her mortgage. That same week, she found that her mortgage had been paid off in full by Burton, to whom she had never even spoken.
23His attack on Sir Winston Churchill in 1974 was widely thought to have been occasioned by the fact that he was, at the time, engaged to Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia - who was, of course, a princess in exile. She blamed Churchill and other western leaders for giving away her country to the Communists at the end of World War II. Burton's engagement to her was soon broken off.
24According to his biography "And God Created Burton", he was a notorious womanizer; during his marriage to Sybil Williams he had affairs with Claire Bloom, Jean Simmons, Maggie McNamara, Lee Remick, Lana Turner and Mary Ure, and during his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor he had affairs with Geneviève Bujold, Nathalie Delon and Raquel Welch.
25Like many Welshmen, where the game is more a national religion than a sport, Burton played rugby. He continued to play well into his early career, mainly at wing-forward. He only hung up his boots when contractual obligations to film and theatre producers forced him to do so.
26Was at one point going to star in The Public Eye (1972) with Elizabeth Taylor.
27Was named "The Worst Actor of All Time" in Harry Medved and Michael Medved's 1980 book "The Golden Turkey Awards", beating out Victor Mature, John Agar, and Tony Curtis. In so naming Burton, the Medveds cited the preponderance of big-budget film flops he starred in, and the overall squandering of his acting potential for much of his career. Burton's The Assassination of Trotsky (1972) had been listed among "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time," and Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) was named the second-worst film of all time (behind Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)) in the 1978 book of the same name by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.
28His younger brother Graham Jenkins worked for the BBC and was responsible for getting Burton the job of narrating the Royal Wedding of 'Prince Charles' and Princess Diana for BBC Radio on 29 July 1981. There had been some concern that Burton would say something controversial, given his past attacks on Churchill. However, as it turned out he made only one mistake during the five hour broadcast.
29In 1981 he accepted a contract reported to be worth nearly $1 million over three years to use his voice in a series of commercials for an American magazine, "Geo".
30He would often tell interviewers that he had played Hamlet on the London stage when he was 23. He was in fact nearly 28 at the time.
31In the last seven years of his life he constantly resisted offers to play Lear on stage, instead preferring to make films like Absolution (1978).
32Was offered the role of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966), but he turned the part down. Paul Scofield, who went on to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance, was cast instead.
33After being forced to drop out of the touring production of "Camelot" in April 1981 in order to undergo major spinal surgery - during which his entire spinal column was found to be coated in crystallized alcohol - Burton contemplated retiring completely from acting, but later agreed to star in Wagner (1981).
34Producer Dino De Laurentiis wanted Burton to play Napoleon Bonaparte in Waterloo (1970), but the role went to Rod Steiger instead.
35Met with Josip Broz Tito, whom he greatly admired, before starring in Sutjeska (1973).
36Underwent treatment for alcoholism at a clinic in America after filming Klansman (1974).
37While playing Dr. Dysart in "Equus" on Broadway in 1976, Burton was so impressed by co-star Peter Firth that he offered to play the Friar with Firth as Romeo. Firth did play Romeo on stage, but Burton was not cast.
38While filming Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), he suffered from a terrible pain in his neck and had to wear a neck brace during rehearsals. He had to wear heavy make up in the film, since the director felt he looked twenty years older than his age. He minimized his famous voice for the part of O'Brien, although he had great difficulty remembering the lines and would sometimes require nearly forty takes to get a scene right. The result was one of his most critically acclaimed performances, and well as his most underplayed.
39He was a close friend of Humphrey Bogart.
40He refused to attend his father's funeral in 1957.
41Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) ran over schedule, causing Burton to pull out of Robbery (1967), which instead went to Stanley Baker.
42While starring as King Arthur in the musical "Camelot" in 1961, Burton told his co-star Julie Andrews that she was his only leading lady he had not slept with.
43An article Burton wrote in memory of his longtime friend, Sir Stanley Baker, following the actor's death in June 1976, caused so much offence that Baker's widow, Lady Ellen Martin, considered suing Burton. However, shortly afterwards, she recalled standing near the tree where Baker's ashes had been scattered and hearing his voice saying, "You know what Rich is like when he's in his cups".
44He had smoked since he was eight, reaching five packs of cigarettes a day in middle age.
45He was a close friend of fellow Welsh actor Sir Stanley Baker from childhood, and provided the narration for Baker's epic film Zulu (1964).
46In November 1974, Burton was asked to write an article about Sir Winston Churchill for "The New York Times". Since Burton had just played the wartime leader in The Gathering Storm (1974), the newspaper expected a laudatory piece. Instead they were presented with a rant about Churchill the right-wing politician, whom Burton wrote, "to know him is to hate him".
47Following the release of The Robe (1953), his first Hollywood production, the critics would accuse Burton of being a wooden film actor, a charge that would stay with him throughout his career. It was not until The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) that critics would be unanimous in their praise of his performance, yet after an excellent five years his mastery of film technique had seemingly deserted him and much of his later work, such as Villain (1971) and Equus (1977), would be dismissed by many as overacting.
48Recorded his sessions for the Jeff Wayne's musical version of "The War of the Worlds" in two afternoon sessions in New York between film making.
49According to Burton's diaries, when he and Elizabeth Taylor appeared on the Here's Lucy (1968) (episode: "Lucy Meets the Burtons"), he was appalled by the tedium of shooting the show. He found Lucille Ball's meticulous professionalism to be ludicrous as he felt it was out of place on a TV show. Lucy was entirely focused on making the show work, and Burton -- who thought it would be a lark -- didn't have any fun on the set. He was quite impressed by Ball's co-star Gale Gordon, but was dismayed that Lucy, personally, directed him to play his "part" -- which was himself, after all -- very broad so that he was shouting. When he did shout, she told him that he was finally playing comedy as it should be played. The episode featured Lucy meeting Burton, who was fleeing the press and hid in her office, and then Liz, and putting on Liz's 69-carat, pear-shaped stone diamond, which became stuck to her her finger.
50Marlon Brando became quite friendly with Burton's wife Elizabeth Taylor while shooting Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). Marlon Brando agreed to pick up her Best Actress Award for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) from the New York Film Critics Circle. When Marlon Brando made his appearance at the NYFCC Award ceremony at Sardi's on January 29, 1967, he hectored the critics, querying them as to why they hadn't recognized Elizabeth Taylor before. He then flew to Dahomey, Africa where Elizabeth Taylor was shooting The Comedians (1967) with Burton to personally deliver the award, a development Burton thought odd. Later in the 1960s, Marlon Brando' socialised with the Burtons, visiting them on their famous yacht the Kalizma, while they plied the Mediterreanean. Marlon Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi, in her book "Brando for Breakfast" (1979), claimed that Marlon Brando and Burton got into a fist-fight aboard the yacht, probably over Elizabeth Taylor, but nothing of the incident appears in Burton's voluminous diaries. In his diaries, Burton found Marlon Brando to be quite intelligent but believed he suffered, like Elizabeth Taylor did, from becoming too famous too early in his life and believed their affinity for one another was based on this. (Both Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando would later befriend Michael Jackson, another superstar-cum-legend who had become too famous too soon.) Burton recognized Marlon Brando as a great actor, but felt he would have been more suited to silent films due to the deficiency in his voice (the famous "mumble"). As a silent film star, Burton believed Marlon Brando would have been the greatest motion picture actor ever.
51In 1969, Richard Burton bought his second wife Elizabeth Taylor one of the world's largest diamonds from the jeweller Cartier after losing an auction for the 69-carat, pear-shaped stone to the jeweller, which was won with a $1 million bid. Aristotle Onassis also failed in his bid to win the diamond, which he intended to give his wife Jacqueline Kennedy. The rough diamond that would yield the prized stone weighed 244 carats and was found in 1966 at South Africa's Premier mine. Harry Winston cut and polished the diamond, which was put up for auction in 1969. Burton purchased the diamond from Cartier the next day for $1,069,000 (approximately $6 million in 2005 dollars) to give to Elizabeth Taylor. The small premium Cartier charged Burton was in recognition of the great publicity the jewellery garnered from selling the stone, which was dubbed the "Burton-Cartier Diamond", to the then-"world's most famous couple". Ten years later, the twice-divorced-from-Burton Elizabeth Taylor herself auctioned off the "Burton-Taylor Diamond" to fund a hospital in Botswana. The last recorded sale of the "Burton-Taylor Diamond" was in 1979 for nearly $3,000,000 to an anonymous buyer in Saudi Arabia. The ring was the centre of the classic Here's Lucy (1968) episode "Lucy Meets the Burtons" in 1970, in which Lucy Carter, played by Lucille Ball, gets the famous ring stuck on her finger. The actual ring was used and the episode was the highest rated episode of the very popular series.
52Burton and Warren Mitchell were Royal Air Force cadets together at Oxford in 1944. In the years 1944-1947, when both were demobilized, they were stationed together at times in Canada and back in England. Later, they appeared together in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).
53Frankly told the press that he appeared in the movies Breakthrough (1979), Circle of Two (1981) and Lovespell (1981) (generally considered by critics to be three of his worse films, all of them critical and box office disasters that eroded the reputation he had recently fought back to reclaim with his appearance on stage and screen in Equus (1977)) for the money. Burton, who had effectively been cleaned out financially by his two divorces from second wife Elizabeth Taylor, was paid $750,000 for each picture (approximately $2.25 million in 2005 terms). Conversely, he was willing to appear in Absolution (1978) at the same time for one-sixth his fee as he believed in the project very strongly.
54His divorce from third wife Susan Hunt, whom he was married to from 1976 to 1982, entailed a settlement of $1 million (approximately $2 million in 2005 terms) and a house he owned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (his first house in Puerto Vallarta was lost to second wife Elizabeth Taylor during his first divorce from her).
55According to his long-time friend Brook Williams, the son of the man who had given Burton his first professional break Emlyn Williams, Burton turned down a role in The Sea Wolves: The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse in 1980, which reunited The Wild Geese (1978) director Andrew V. McLaglen, screenwriter Reginald Rose and co-star Roger Moore. The Wild Geese (1978) had been a big hit (Burton was always popular and a box office draw in military roles) and Andrew V. McLaglen had directed Burton's post-The Wild Geese (1978) film Breakthrough (1979), but Burton turned it down. Brook Williams believed that Burton's third wife, Susan Hunt, didn't want Burton away on a lark with his old friends (and drinking companions) as he was in frail health and battling alcoholism at the time.
56At the time of his death in 1984, he was slated to reprise his role as Colonel Allen Faulkner in Wild Geese II (1985) and had signed on to star as the English journalist Thomas Fowler in a remake of Graham Greene's The Quiet American (1958). Wild Geese II (1985) went ahead with Edward Fox taking over his part (the film is dedicated to Burton), but the production of "The Quiet American" was canceled.
57Loved to do crossword puzzles and was dismayed that American newspapers' crosswords were more geared towards encyclopedic information rather than puns and wordplay.
58Planned on going back to the stage to appear in William Shakespeare's "Richard III" and "King Lear". His staging of "Richard III" would have been based on the ideas of his step-father, Philip Burton, to bring together all of William Shakespeare's dramatization of Richard, Duke of Glouster (later Richard III) from the "Henry VI" trilogy. Burton had planned on visiting his step-father in Florida in early 1985 to work on the project.
59According to Melvyn Bragg's biography (that was based on Burton's own diaries) in 1959, he turned down an offer of $350,000 (approximately $2.25 million in 2005 terms) to star as "Christ" in Nicholas Ray's remake of King of Kings (1961) due to superstition. A Welsh-Irish drunkard had read the palms of Burton and some friends, including Dylan Thomas, who were performing poetry on B.B.C. Radio's "Third Programme" and were waiting for show-time in a local pub. The drunk predicted the friends' deaths, which in the case of Dylan Thomas, was accurate. After two other friends died within their prescribed time frames, Burton (who had been told he would die at the age of 33) decided to take the year 1959 off so as not to tempt fate. Although he thought Nicholas Ray might make a good film and was keen to shoot on location in Spain, Burton, who already was a millionaire and did not need the money, turned the offer down. For the same reason, he also turned down the role played by Audie Murphy in John Huston's The Unforgiven (1960), which was shot in Durango, Mexico.
60Was actively pursued for the role of "The Pilot" in the proposed film of The Little Prince (1974). Burton had had a huge success on Broadway with Lerner & Lowe's (Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe) Camelot (1967), but had turned down that film as he did The Little Prince (1974). The role of "The Pilot" subsequently was played by Richard Kiley.
61After his second wife Elizabeth Taylor's close friend Montgomery Clift died before shooting began on Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Burton briefly considered taking over the vacated role of the closeted homosexual Major Weldon Penderton that had been slated for Montgomery Clift. Though Burton would later play homosexual parts in Staircase (1969) and Villain (1971), it was thought that he would not be a good fit for the role of an American soldier. The part subsequently went to Marlon Brando, who gave what critics now believe was one of his greatest performances. Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor became friends, giving Burton a chance to socialize with America's greatest actor.
62In addition to being honored with a Special Tony Award in 1976 for his triumphant return to Broadway after 12 years in Equus (1977), he was nominated three times for a Tony, winning once, in 1961 for Best Actor in a Musical for "Camelot". His other nominations were in 1958 (for Best Actor in Play) for "Time Remembered" and in 1964 (for Best Actor in Play) for Hamlet (1964).
63The producers of the film Equus (1977), who envisioned either Marlon Brando or Jack Nicholson in the role of the psychiatrist "Martin Dysart" in the film version, would only consider Burton for the role if he agreed to undertake a screen-test of sorts by playing the role on Broadway. Though considered one of the most brilliant theatre actors of his generation, Burton had not been on the professional stage in a dozen years (though he had appeared in an Oxford Undergradate Dramatic Society production of Doctor Faustus (which subsequently was filmed as Doctor Faustus (1967)) in 1966. Having suffered a slew of failures since 1970 that had undermined his bankability as a movie star, Burton agreed to take on the grueling role for a 12-week run. Though he was scheduled for his Broadway debut on a Sunday, he took over a Saturday matinée for the departing Anthony Perkins (who had received excellent notices after taking over for Anthony Hopkins, Burton's fellow Welshman who had grown up in his neighborhood in Wales and who had won a 1975 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play for originating Dysart on Broadway). The film producers frankly were worried that Burton's alcoholism, which had nearly killed him during the production of Klansman (1974), had not only destroyed his powers as an actor but his stamina also. Their fears were borne out the first night when a nervous Burton stumbled during the matinée. However, by Sunday's show, with the vultures out to see a great actor brought low, Burton wowed the audience with a brilliant performance. Burton astounded theatre-goers and the critics, winning himself a Special Tony Award and the role in the film. (His run was extended another two weeks due to demand to see the legendary thespian and hell-raiser and easily could have gone on for many more weeks had Burton chosen to remain with the play.) Burton's career was recharged. The momentum of Burton's professional renaissance nearly brought him an Academy Award in 1978, but sadly, it was reckoned that the performance caught on film by director Sidney Lumet was only a pale shadow of the genius that had been on show on Broadway. (Ironically, this was the charge that had plagued Burton in his early career, that the talent, the genius, did not come through the lens to be caught on film. Burton himself said he did not learn to act on film until he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963).) Reverting to his 1970s habit of poor film choices, such as Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and The Medusa Touch (1978) tarnished Burton's newly burnished lustre too and Richard Dreyfuss beat him for the Oscar in his seventh (and last) Oscar nomination. Although he worked steadily until his death, Burton's post-Equus (1977) career never gained any real traction and he never again was a bankable star.
64His 1964 performance of "Hamlet" is the longest run of the play in Broadway history with 137 performances. It broke the record held by John Gielgud, who played the part for 132 performances and who directed Burton's Broadway production.
65Won a Grammy in the "Best Recording for Children" category for "The Little Prince" (featuring Jonathan Winters and Billy Simpson). [1975]
66Circa 1970, Burton's fellow Celt (and cinema superstar) Sean Connery, who had received excellent reviews for his portrayal of the doomed king in a 1960 Canadian television version of "Macbeth", hoped to launch a big-screen version of the Scottish play. Sean Connery's plans were foiled when Roman Polanski's version went into production for Hugh M. Hefner's Playboy Productions. Burton, who had won a reputation as the best "Hamlet" of his generation, was also interested in launching a film version of "Macbeth" at the same time. He had just had a great cinema success in the period piece Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), for which he won his sixth and penultimate Oscar nomination, and he told his friend Sir Laurence Olivier that he wanted to make a movie of "Macbeth" with himself as the eponymous king and his wife Elizabeth Taylor as Lady Macbeth. Burton's plans came to naught for the same reason as Sean Connery's did. A decade earlier, Sir Laurence Olivier - the greatest "Macbeth" of the 20th Century - had also failed to bring the play to the big screen. The future Lord Laurence Olivier had hoped to film his own version of the play in the late 1950s, but the failure of his movie Richard III (1955) to make back its money frustrated his plans. Producer Michael Todd, Elizabeth Taylor's third husband, told Laurence Olivier in 1958 that he likely would produce the film with Laurence Olivier as "Macbeth" and Laurence Olivier's real-life wife, Vivien Leigh, as his Lady, but that hope died in the plane crash that claimed Michael Todd's life. Thus, the famous "Macbeth" curse adversely affected three of the greatest actors of the 20th Century.
67He was forced to drop out of the Los Angeles run of "Camelot" in April 1981 due to crippling back pain, most likely caused by his chronic bursitis. Doctors at the hospital couldn't understand how he had managed to entertain live audiences night after night. His entire spinal column was found to be coated in crystallized alcohol. At first the doctors couldn't operate because Burton was three stone underweight, so he had to remain in bed to build up his strength. His backbone was rebuilt in a delicate operation that could easily have left him paralyzed for life if something had gone wrong. Burton called his friend Richard Harris to replace him as King Arthur, and then returned to his home in Switzerland to recover.
68He and Elizabeth Taylor starred together in 11 movies: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966); The V.I.P.s (1963); Under Milk Wood (1972); The Taming of the Shrew (1967); The Sandpiper (1965); Hammersmith Is Out (1972); Doctor Faustus (1967); Divorce His - Divorce Hers (1973); The Comedians (1967); Cleopatra (1963) and Boom! (1968).
69Since Elizabeth Taylor had been sterilized in 1957 (at age 25, after giving birth to three children), she and Eddie Fisher adopted a German orphan, Maria (born 1961) in 1962. Fisher surrendered his parental rights before they divorced and Richard adopted the girl as his daughter, legally re-naming her Maria Burton.
70Won the 1951 Theatre World Award for "The Lady's Not For Burning".
71Was nominated for a 1958 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "Time Remembered". Three years later he won a 1961 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for "Camelot", and three years after that, he was again nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his 1964 "Hamlet", which was directed by his mentor John Gielgud. Burton also received a Special Tony Award in 1976 after appearing as a replacement in "Equus". Like his friends Laurence Olivier and Peter O'Toole, Burton was an unique and utterly electrifying stage actor whom commanded the rapt attention of his audience.
72In 1961 he won a Tony Award for playing King Arthur in the original production of Lerner & Loewe's (Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe) Broadway musical "Camelot". When the film was in pre-production in the mid-1960s Burton turned down an attractive offer to reprise the role and Richard Harris was cast as The Once & Future King. Burton subsequently appeared in the 1980 Broadway revival of the musical, which played a total of 56 performances on the Great White Way before the production went on the road. During the road tour, Burton was replaced by Richard Harris as he was debilitated by crippling bursitis of the shoulder which eventually prevented him from handling a sword. Pain-killers did not help so he dropped out of the show and he was once again "replaced" by Richard Harris in the role.
73He was engaged to Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro) between the time of his two marriages to Elizabeth Taylor. Princess Elizabeth is the mother of Catherine Oxenberg whom he later coached on acting.
74He and his then wife Elizabeth Taylor were very close friends with the famous president of Yugoslavia (Serbia), Marshall Josip Broz Tito. They spent many vacations with him at his villa on the Yugoslavian Adriatic coast line as well as being a frequent guest at his mansion in Belgrade. He later played his close friend in the 1972 Yugoslavian film Sutjeska (1973) (The Fifth Offensive).
75Won Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Camelot" as well as a Special Award in 1976. He was also twice nominated for Tony Awards as Best Actor (Dramatic): for "Time Remembered" (1954) and for "Hamlet" (1964).
76Was a great fan of baseball, which he followed avidly when he was in America. Burton thought Pulitzer Prize-winning baseball columnist Red Smith was a brilliant writer. Burton played softball with a team from the Broadway theatre in the 1980s, despite crippling bursitis in his shoulder.
77He once got into a contest with Robert F. Kennedy, whom he greatly admired, in which they tried to out-do the other by quoting William Shakespeare's sonnets. Both were word-perfect, and Burton was forced to "win" the contest by quoting one of the sonnets backwards.
78His friend Laurence Olivier tried to interest him in taking over the National Theatre after his imminent retirement from the post. He declined, feeling that the board of directors had treated the great Laurence Olivier shabbily.
79Was famous for his high intelligence and for being incredibly well-read. Burton was widely admired for his command and understanding of English poetry, which he taught for a term at Oxford University in the early 1970s.
80Was the best man at Laurence Olivier's marriage to Joan Plowright in New York City on March 17, 1961. Both were appearing on Broadway at the time, he in "Camelot" and Laurence Olivier in "Becket".
81Had to turn down the lead role of the British Consul in John Huston's adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano (1984) as he was appearing in a touring production of Noël Coward's "Private Lives" co-starring with Elizabeth Taylor. The role was subsequently played by Albert Finney, who won an Oscar nomination as Best Actor.
82His movie contracts contained a clause that he did not have to work on the 1st of March, St David's Day, the day honoring the patron saint of Wales.
83He, Ray Milland, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones all were born within a 10-mile radius in south-western Wales.
84His mother died when he was two-years old. He was taken in and raised by his older sister, Cis, and her husband in the same Port Talbot, Wales, neighborhood where fellow Welshman Anthony Hopkins later lived in as a child. "I shone in the reflection of her green-eyed, black-haired gypsy beauty," Burton said of his sister/surrogate mother.
85During World War II, he was admitted to Exeter College, Oxford to take the "University Short Course" for six months as a Royal Air Force cadet. While at Oxford in 1943-1944, he was a member of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. Cadets were promised that they could return to Oxford to complete their education after the war, but he did not, instead becoming a professional actor after being demobilized in 1947. Almost thirty years later, he was invited back to Oxford to teach poetry to undergraduates for a semester.
86He was on a flight to California from Mexico, when he ran into a young man interested in acting. Burton encouraged him to pursue it full time during their conversation. That young man was Kevin Costner, who promptly left his marketing job to pursue an acting career.
87He once bought a complete set of "The Everyman Library" for Elizabeth Taylor as a present.
88He taught William Shakespeare to future actress Catherine Oxenberg when she was 13 and 14 years old.
89Died shortly after the filming of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) was completed. He was in terrible health during filming from years of alcoholism and heavy smoking, and had to wear a neck brace during rehearsals.
90Was a drinking partner of Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole until O'Toole was forced to give up drinking after surgery in 1976.
91Burton received the first retrospective of his work since his death during Bradford Film Festival 2002 - almost 18 years after his death on Sunday, August 5, 1984. Twelve films were screened, among them Look Back in Anger (1959), Becket (1964), Equus (1977) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), his final picture. The festival, which christened its Burton season Lion of the Welsh, also featured a strand on legendary unfinished films that included a clip of Burton in Laughter in the Dark (1969), a movie from which he was allegedly fired by director Tony Richardson. The picture, based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, was shut down and eventually made with Nicol Williamson in Burton's role.
92Grandfather of Morgan Ritchie.
93He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1970 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama. He collected this award on his 45th birthday with his older sister Cis, who raised him as a child, and his wife Elizabeth Taylor.
94Had two daughters by his first wife, Sybil Williams. Actress Kate Burton (born 1957) and Jessica (born 1961), who was diagnosed as profoundly autistic and would eventually be institutionalized.
95The twelfth of thirteen children, he insisted that his way out of an impoverished Welsh childhood was due not to acting, but to books.
96Suffered from acute insomnia.
97He made his stage debut at Maesteg Town Hall in Wales.
98He died on Sunday, August 5, 1984, less than a week before he was due to begin shooting Wild Geese II (1985), a sequel to his successful mercenary thriller The Wild Geese (1978), made in 1978. He was the only actor returning for the film and, as Colonel Allen Faulkner, would have led a team of crack mercenaries to spring aged Nazi Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin. Burton's death caused huge problems for producer Euan Lloyd, the man behind the original The Wild Geese (1978) and its follow-up, Wild Geese II (1985). With the rest of the cast (Scott Glenn, Barbara Carrera and Laurence Olivier (playing Hess)) in place, Euan Lloyd had just a handful of days to find a replacement for Burton. He selected British actor Edward Fox, who joined the cast as Alex Faulkner, Burton's brother. Burton's no-show in the film was explained by one character telling Edward Fox that they'd heard his famous warrior brother had died. The film was dedicated to Burton's memory.
99Spoke Cymraeg (Welsh-language) as mother tongue.
100He once shared the record with Peter O'Toole for the most Oscar acting nominations (7) without a single win. In 2007, that record was broken, when O'Toole was nominated and lost yet again for the film Venus (2006).
101Interred at Protestant Churchyard, Céligny, Switzerland.
102Father of Kate Burton.
103He took his professional name from his schoolmaster and tutor, Philip Burton, who took the 17-year old Richard Jenkins and groomed him for success, both academically and as an actor. The two became so close, Burton attempted to adopt him as his son, but was prevented from doing so as he was too young, under the law. Nevertheless, Jenkins, who became known to the world as Richard Burton, considered Philip Burton his adopted father and honored him by taking on his surname. Years later, when Philip Burton met Elizabeth Taylor and she asked Philip Burton how he came to adopt her soon-to-be fifth (and later sixth) husband, Richard piped up, "He didn't adopt me! I adopted him!".

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1I gave it a try once ... Intimacy with a man. How can you know you don't like caviar if you never tried it?
2In the course of preparing myself ... I realized afresh that I hate Churchill and all of his kind. I hate them virulently. They have stalked down the corridors of endless power all through history ... What man of sanity would say on hearing of the atrocities committed by the Japanese against British and Anzac prisoners of war, 'We shall wipe them out, every one of them, men, women, and children. There shall not be a Japanese left on the face of the earth.'? Such simple-minded cravings for revenge leave me with a horrified but reluctant awe for such single-minded and merciless ferocity.
3I have achieved a sort of diabolical fame.
4Stripped, I am monstrous.
5Having discovered sex, I began looting and plundering it with great delight.
6Actors are poor, abject, disagreeable, perverse, ill-minded, slightly malicious creatures. And of that august company of idiots, I'm afraid I'm a member.
7I'm more aware than I used to be of the tedium of acting. (1984)
8The learned doctors told me if I continued to booze I should be prepared to welcome the end.
9You reach the top of the heap, but it's a circle, and you slip on the down side; maybe for years. You get scared. (1982)
10If I had a chance for another life, I would certainly choose a better complexion.
11[on Geneviève Bujold]: I'd hate to be her next director or leading man. I think she firmly believes herself to be the legitimate heir to Rachelle or Bernhardt or Duse. She has all the power of a gnat. A dying one. I could whisper louder than her screams.
12[on Marlon Brando, July, 1970]: He really is a smugly pompous little bastard and is cavalier about everybody except Black Panthers and Indians.
13[on Marlon Brando, November, 1966]: He is a genuinely good man, I suspect, and he is intelligent. He has depth. It's no accident that he is such a compelling actor. He puts on acts, of course, and pretends to be vaguer than he is. Very little misses him, as I've noticed.
14Everywhere you go, there's somewhere shoving a chair under your bum, and if you take out a cigarette there are eighty-four people jumping up to light it and tell you how wonderful you are. And you know it's not true.
15Generally if you mention the word Shakespeare in Hollywood, everybody leaves the room.
16Shakespeare [is] the best way to learn English.
17Marc Antony is one of the great roles because it combines some of the best dialogue Shakespeare ever wrote and action; Antony was a man of action.
18You haven't heard the real beauty of the Bible until you have heard it in Welsh.
19I got away from the valley and proceeded to drink myself to death elsewhere.
20Marlon Brando has yet to learn to speak. He should have been born two generations before and acted in silent films.
21I have always felt that the camera hasn't liked me. I'm a stage animal. I have to be big and loud, and the camera needs you to be small and naturalistic and subtle; much more naturalistic. I'm as subtle as a buffalo stampede.
22I drank too much, smoked too much and made love too much.
23Although I like to be thought of as a tough rugby-playing Welsh miner's son, able to take on the world, the reality is that this image is just superficial. I am the reverse of what people think.
24None of my films has done me any good. I know all epics are awful, but I thought Alexander the Great (1956) might be the first good one. I was wrong. They cut it about - played down to the audience. I say if the audience doesn't understand, let 'em stay ignorant.
25I have a fair choice of women myself if I wish. But I don't wish it. Since Elizabeth, I have seen two. I've a fundamental and basic loyalty. Next year I'll be fifty and I've only been married twice. Yes, I betrayed them both a couple of times, but not mentally, only physically. You see, I may fall in love and it may last six months, but then the affair breaks up. (1974)
26The Robe (1953) was lousy, but an almighty hit. I was dull as ditchwater and an almighty flop. My next film, Prince of Players (1955), was Hollywood's first turkey in CinemaScope - when CinemaScope was new and hotter than a pistol. If I'd been able to buttonhole a couple of relatives and persuade a few of the deluded girls I'd done favours for, I'd still have struggled to rustle up nine lost souls to form a fan club.
27You can't be at the mercy of fate, you've got to invest so you don't ever need to work again.
28My friends are not actors, they are scientists, they are writers. My real gift is writing.
29Last Tango in Paris [Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)] so absolutely revolted and embarrassed me that I didn't know where to look ... I said, 'I'm sorry, I can't stand it, I have to go. It did not turn me on, it turned me off. For a month I was asexual.
30As Lee Marvin says, who gives a shit? We're born, we come staggering out the womb, we come searching for death. My father was a Welsh miner, a remarkable man. Tough, powerful. Obese. Short. I come from an enormous family - thirteen children. My eldest sister was having a baby. I didn't understand it. I said, 'Will she be all right? Will she live?' My father - he was massively drunk - was worried too. 'Never mind,' he said, 'we're all dying.' He talked like an angel. 'Even your growing pains are reaching into oblivion.'
31I've been in trouble all my life, I've done the most unutterable rubbish, all because of money. I didn't need it - I've never needed money, even as a child, though I came from a very poor family. But there have been times when the lure of the zeros was simply too great.
32Actors go through cycles - remarkable, weird cycles. There was one period from 1956 to 1961 or so when I couldn't do anything right. My voice went foul, my luck was bad, I chose badly. I thought I had lost what I had, and I nearly retired right then and there.
33My real interest in life is the theatre, and I think I've shot my bolt in London as far as the classical roles are concerned. I've played all the parts I think I can play, and one or two that I should have given a miss. But there is nothing left until I'm older and can play parts like Lear. (1957)
34One big picture is worth ten small ones. The actor who is fortunate enough to get two or possibly three big subjects a year benefits from their long runs. He's never absent long from public view.
35I get increasingly disenchanted with acting ... as the years totter past I find it ludicrous, learning some idiot's lines in the small hours of the night so I can stay a millionaire. (1972)
36I'm not dedicated, I never was. In a sense I'm totally alienated from the craft that I employ so superficially and successfully. (1970)
37It seems fairly ridiculous for someone of forty-five or fifty to be learning words written by other people, most of which are bad, to make a few dollars.
38As the seventh son of a Welsh miner I knew hardship first hand. I come from the lower depths of the working class. It's true that I now earn one and a quarter of a million dollars per picture, and it sounds strange to say that at heart I am a Communist, but there is no contradiction because I don't exploit others.
39Rubbish ... tastelessly sentimental and badly acted by me. - On The Robe (1953)
40If you're going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it. I keep telling Larry Olivier that. I chided Olivier for playing a minor role in an epic like Spartacus (1960), which he's just done. Larry had a dressing room half the size of Tony Curtis' in that film. And he got about half Curtis' money. Well, that's ridiculous. You've got to swank in Hollywood. When I go there I demand two Cadillacs - one for my family - and the best dressing room in the studio. Of course I'm not worth it, but it impresses them.
41I am the son of a Welsh miner and one would expect me to be at my happiest playing peasants, people of the earth. But in actual fact I'm much happier playing princes and kings. Now whether this is a kind of sublimation of what I would like to be, or something like that, I don't know, but certainly I'm never really very comfortable playing people from the working class. (1967)
42The unfortunate thing is that everyone wants me to play a prince or a king ... I'm always wearing a nightdress or a short skirt or something odd. I don't want to do them, I don't like them, I hate getting made up for them, I hate my hair being curled in the mornings, I hate tights, I hate boots, I hate everything. I'd like to be in a lounge suit, I'd like to be a sort of Welsh Rex Harrison and do nothing except lounge against a bar with a gin and tonic in my hand. (1963)
43Once you have a drink problem, you always have one. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. But, er, I'm not quite sure whether I am one or not. I think I'm within striking distance of being one. (1977)
44God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell.
45[on Alexander the Great (1956)] I knew all epics are crap but I felt this one could be different. How could I have been so wrong?
46Albert 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.
47I played a sex-drenched doctor in The Bramble Bush (1960). It was the worst picture I ever made, if you don't count Ice Palace (1960). That one was based upon a very weak novel by Edna Ferber. Both pictures for Warner Brothers. Jack L. Warner told the press I had no sex appeal. Then Elizabeth came along. All changed after that. Suddenly, Eddie Fisher didn't have sex appeal. And I did. It's a crazy world for a Welsh coal miner's son born in November 1925.
48I'm a reader, you know. I was corrupted by Faust. And [William Shakespeare]. And Marcel Proust]. And ]Ernest Hemingway]. But mostly I was corrupted by Dylan Thomas. Most people see me as a rake, womanizer, boozer and purchaser of large baubles. I'm all those things depending on the prism and the light. But mostly I'm a reader. Give me Agatha Christie for an hour and I'm happy as a clam. The house in Celigny some day will cave in under its own weight from the books. I hope I'm there when it does. One hundred six years old. Investigating the newest thriller from [John le Carré] or a new play from Tennessee Williams.
49I almost replaced Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965). This was before Sean played Bond. My friend, the Irish producer Kevin McClory, wanted me. Kevin worked for Michael Todd on Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and I was impressed with his Irish rebelliousness. We Welsh have that, too, but not quite like the Irish, who transfuse it into their blood on the same day they are born. McClory promised [Alfred Hitchcock] would direct and I had great hopes for the project. It fell through, of course - and later Kevin made a bloody fortune, when Sean was Bond. I wonder sometimes how it might all have turned out. [Ian Fleming] was big on me for the role. Stewart Granger was next in line.
50(on Julie Andrews, his co-star in "Camelot"] Every man I know who knows her is a little bit in love with her.
51[in 1984] I still smoke too much. I think it gives my voice an edge.
52[on Sophia Loren] She is as beautiful as an erotic dream. Tall and extremely large-bosomed. Tremendously long legs. They go up to her shoulders, practically. Beautiful brown eyes, set in a marvelously vulpine, almost satanic, face.
53[on Elizabeth Taylor] I love her, not for her breasts, her buttocks or her knees but for her mind. It is inscrutable. She is like a poem.
54[in 1962] And I'm too old. I'm now thirty-six. And I look about 5'2". I'm 5'10" but I look smaller. It's because I'm so wide or my head's too big or something.
55[on Staircase (1969)] I believe in this film absolutely. It is a kick against the system.
56[on Frankie Howerd] If I had his talent, I'd drop Shakespeare tomorrow.
57[on Elizabeth Taylor] The most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen.
58[in 1974] I was up to, I'm told, because, of course, you don't remember if you drink that much, about two-and-a-half to three bottles of hard liquor a day. Fascinating idea, of course, drink on that scale. It's rather nice to have gone through it and to have survived.
59Certainly most movie executives were making love to the starlets. But then, so were most of us actors.
60An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.
61Richard Burton is now my epitaph, my cross, my title, my image. I have achieved a kind of diabolical fame. It has nothing to do with my talents as an actor. That counts for little now. I am the diabolically famous Richard Burton.
62A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
63[on Elizabeth Taylor] At thirty-four she is an extremely beautiful woman, lavishly endowed by nature with a few flaws in the masterpiece: She has an insipid double chin, her legs are too short and she has a slight potbelly. She has a wonderful bosom, though.
64[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.
65[about being hired to play Marc Antony opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I suppose I must don a breastplate once more to play opposite Miss Tits.
66[about his love of reading] Home is where the books are.
67[about Elizabeth Taylor] Elizabeth has great worries about becoming a cripple because her feet sometimes have no feeling in them. She asked if I would stop loving her if she had to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. I told her that I didn't care if her legs, bum and bosoms fell off and her teeth turned yellow. And she went bald. I love that woman so much sometimes that I cannot believe my luck. She has given me so much.
68All 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.
69All I wanted to do was to live, pick up a new Jag, and act at the Old Vic.
70The only thing in life is language. Not love. Not anything else.
71[asked why he refused to see his performance in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I don't want to kill myself.
72You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.
73I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it's rather an attractive image.
74My father said all actors were homosexuals. That is nonsense, of course. But perhaps most actors are latent homosexuals and we cover it with drink. I was a homosexual once, but not for long. But I tried it. It didn't work so I gave it up. (1975)
75I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.
76I've played the lot: a homosexual, a sadistic gangster, kings, princes, a saint, the lot. All that's left is a Carry On film. My last ambition.
77[in 1963, about adultery] The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore.
78My father considered that anyone who went to chapel and didn't drink alcohol was not to be tolerated. I grew up in that belief.
79I've done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.
80[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.
81When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.

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