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Richard Burton

BIRTH NAME Richard Walter Jenkins
BORN 10 November 1925, Pontrhydyfen, Wales
DIED 5 August 1984 (aged 58), Céligny, Switzerland (brain haemorrhage)
ASSOCIATION Actor
NATIONALITY Welsh/British
HEIGHT 178 cm
REVIEWED ENTRIES 11
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 4.05

ACTOR FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1953 The Robe Marcellus Gallio

1963 Cleopatra Mark Antony

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1963 The V.I.P.s Paul Andros

1964 Becket Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

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1964 The Night of the Iguana Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon

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1965 The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Alec Leamas

1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George

1967 The Comedians Brown

1968 Where Eagles Dare Smith

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1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Father Philip Lamont

1977 Equus Dr. Martin Dysart

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BIO

Few actors are more known for what they didn't achieve than what they actually did achieve, but the talented Welshman Richard Burton was one of those. His first love was for books, his second for the theatre, and although he became world famous as a film star and for his highly publicized personal life, he arguably remained both more devoted to and - in my opinion - more talented as a writer and theater actor then he ever was as a filmatic actor.

 

 

TRIVIA

  • I first fell in love with Burton's suave, cool persona through his performance as Major Schmidt in the war-action movie Where Eagles Dare.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1953

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for My Cousin Rachel

1954

Nominated for Best Actor for The Robe

1965

Nominated for Best Actor for Becket

1966

Nominated for Best Actor for The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

1967

Nominated for Best Actor for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1970

Nominated for Best Actor for Anne of the Thousand Days

1978

Nominated for Best Actor for Equus

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

"You see a pot-bellied scarecrow flapping erratically. And in his ridiculous early fumbling with the Lolitaish Sue Lyon (whose acting is painfully awkward), he is farcical when he isn't grotesque." - Bosley Crowther

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

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