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Birth information

10 November 1925 Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK

Death information

5 August 1984 Céligny, Geneva, Switzerland

Given Name

Richard Walter Jenkins

Nickname

Rich
Dick

How tall is Richard Burton?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sally Burton
Susan Hunt
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Sybil Williams

Life Story of Richard Burton

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in Pontrhydyfen to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins, a coal miner. The twelfth of thirteen children, his mother died while he was a toddler and his father later abandoned the family, leaving him to be raised by an elder sister, Cecilia. An avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading, he once said "home is where the books are". He received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting and made his first stage appearance in 1944.

His first film appearances were in routine British movies such as Woman of Dolwyn (1949), Waterfront Women (1950) and Green Grow the Rushes (1951). Then he started to appear in Hollywood movies such as My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Robe (1953) and Alexander the Great (1956), added to this he was also spending considerable time in stage productions, both in the UK and USA, often to splendid reviews. The late 1950s was an...

Significant features of Richard Burton

Frequently played self-loathing characters, particularly in his later career.
Rich, gravelly, yet authoritative voice with Welsh accent.
Frequently played historic or real-life figures.

How much money has Richard Burton earned?

My Cousin Rachel (1952) $50,000
Alexander the Great (1956) $100,000
Look Back in Anger (1959) $100,000
Ice Palace (1960) $125,000
The Bramble Bush (1960) $125,000
The Longest...

Publications and Magazines about Richard Burton

Melvyn Bragg Rich: The Life of Richard Burton (aka Richard Burton: A Life). 1988
John Centrell, Fergus Caskin Richard Burton. 1972
Richard L. Sterne John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton. 1968
William Redfield Letters from an Actor. 1967
John Cottrell Richard Burton Very Close Up. 1972
Graham Jenkins Richard Burton, My Brother. 1988
Richard Burton Meeting Mrs. Jenkins. 1966
Tyrone Steverson Richard Burton: A Bio-Bibliography. 1992
David Lester & Jhan Robbins Richard and Elizabeth. 1978
John Cottrell & Fergus Cashin Richard Burton. 1971
Michael Munn Richard Burton: Prince of Players. 2008
Robert Sellers Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed. 2008
Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss The Cleopatra Papers. 1963
Kashner, Sam & Nancy Schoenberger Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. 2010
Hollis Alpert Burton. 1986
Juan José Videgain Así se vive en Hollywood. 2006

Biographical movies about Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 2001
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 1997
Liz & Dick 2012
Burton and Taylor 2013
Burton: Y Gyfrinach 2011

What movies did Richard Burton play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Doctor Faustus (1967) , The Guest (1963) ,
Directors Filmography
Doctor Faustus (1967) ,
Actors Filmography
Ellis Island (1984) Sen. Phipps Ogden, 1984 (1984) O'Brien, Wagner (1984) Richard Wagner, Great Performances (1983) White Knight, The Fall Guy (1982) Richard Burton, Lovespell (1981) King Mark of Cornwall, Circle of Two (1981) Ashley St. Clair, Breakthrough (1979) Sgt. Rolf Steiner, Absolution (1978) Father Goddard, California Suite (1978) Richard Burton on TV, The Wild Geese (1978) Colonel Allen Faulkner, The...

Birth information

10 November 1925 Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK

Death information

5 August 1984 Céligny, Geneva, Switzerland

Given Name

Richard Walter Jenkins

Nickname

Rich
Dick

How tall is Richard Burton?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sally Burton
Susan Hunt
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Sybil Williams

Life Story of Richard Burton

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in Pontrhydyfen to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins, a coal miner. The twelfth of thirteen children, his mother died while he was a toddler and his father later abandoned the family, leaving him to be raised by an elder sister, Cecilia. An avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading, he once said "home is where the books are". He received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting and made his first stage appearance in 1944.

His first film appearances were in routine British movies such as Woman of Dolwyn (1949), Waterfront Women (1950) and Green Grow the Rushes (1951). Then he started to appear in Hollywood movies such as My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Robe (1953) and Alexander the Great (1956), added to this he was also spending considerable time in stage productions, both in the UK and USA, often to splendid reviews. The late 1950s was an...

Significant features of Richard Burton

Frequently played self-loathing characters, particularly in his later career.
Rich, gravelly, yet authoritative voice with Welsh accent.
Frequently played historic or real-life figures.

How much money has Richard Burton earned?

My Cousin Rachel (1952) $50,000
Alexander the Great (1956) $100,000
Look Back in Anger (1959) $100,000
Ice Palace (1960) $125,000
The Bramble Bush (1960) $125,000
The Longest...

Publications and Magazines about Richard Burton

Melvyn Bragg Rich: The Life of Richard Burton (aka Richard Burton: A Life). 1988
John Centrell, Fergus Caskin Richard Burton. 1972
Richard L. Sterne John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton. 1968
William Redfield Letters from an Actor. 1967
John Cottrell Richard Burton Very Close Up. 1972
Graham Jenkins Richard Burton, My Brother. 1988
Richard Burton Meeting Mrs. Jenkins. 1966
Tyrone Steverson Richard Burton: A Bio-Bibliography. 1992
David Lester & Jhan Robbins Richard and Elizabeth. 1978
John Cottrell & Fergus Cashin Richard Burton. 1971
Michael Munn Richard Burton: Prince of Players. 2008
Robert Sellers Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed. 2008
Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss The Cleopatra Papers. 1963
Kashner, Sam & Nancy Schoenberger Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. 2010
Hollis Alpert Burton. 1986
Juan José Videgain Así se vive en Hollywood. 2006

Biographical movies about Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 2001
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 1997
Liz & Dick 2012
Burton and Taylor 2013
Burton: Y Gyfrinach 2011

What movies did Richard Burton play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Doctor Faustus (1967) , The Guest (1963) ,
Directors Filmography
Doctor Faustus (1967) ,
Actors Filmography
Ellis Island (1984) Sen. Phipps Ogden, 1984 (1984) O'Brien, Wagner (1984) Richard Wagner, Great Performances (1983) White Knight, The Fall Guy (1982) Richard Burton, Lovespell (1981) King Mark of Cornwall, Circle of Two (1981) Ashley St. Clair, Breakthrough (1979) Sgt. Rolf Steiner, Absolution (1978) Father Goddard, California Suite (1978) Richard Burton on TV, The Wild Geese (1978) Colonel Allen Faulkner, The...

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Richard Burton in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

He 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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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Father of Kate Burton.

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Interred at Protestant Churchyard, Céligny, Switzerland.

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Richard Burton and John Colicos in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

He 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).

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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Spoke Cymraeg (Welsh-language) as mother tongue.

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He 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.

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Richard Burton in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

He made his stage debut at Maesteg Town Hall in Wales.

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Richard Burton in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Suffered from acute insomnia.

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Richard Burton in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

The twelfth of thirteen children, he insisted that his way out of an impoverished Welsh childhood was due not to acting, but to books.

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Had 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.

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He 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.

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Grandfather of Morgan Ritchie.

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Richard Burton in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Burton 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 1984 (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.

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Was a drinking partner of Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole until O'Toole was forced to give up drinking after surgery in 1976.

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Died shortly after the filming of 1984 (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.

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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

He taught William Shakespeare to future actress Catherine Oxenberg when she was 13 and 14 years old.

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He once bought a complete set of "The Everyman Library" for Elizabeth Taylor as a present.

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Richard Burton and Anthony Quayle in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

He 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.

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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

During 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.

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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

His 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.

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He, Ray Milland, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones all were born within a 10-mile radius in south-western Wales.

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His 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.

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Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Had 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.

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Was 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".

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Richard Burton and Anthony Quayle in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

Was 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.

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Richard Burton and Irene Papas in Königin für tausend Tage (1969)

His 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.

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He 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.

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Was 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.

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Richard Burton and Tatum O'Neal in 2 Herzen voller Liebe (1981)

In 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.

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Was 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.

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Richard Burton and Tatum O'Neal in 2 Herzen voller Liebe (1981)

Since 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.

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He and Elizabeth Taylor starred together in 11 movies: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966); The V.I.P.s (1963); Under Milk Wood (1971); Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (1967); The Sandpiper (1965); Hammersmith Is Out (1972); Doctor Faustus (1967); Divorce His - Divorce Hers (1973); The Comedians (1967); Cleopatra (1963) and Boom! (1968).

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Richard Burton and David Bradley in Absolution (1978)

He 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.

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Circa 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 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 Mike 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 Mike Todd's life. Thus, the famous "Macbeth" curse adversely affected three of the greatest actors of the 20th Century.

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Won a Grammy in the "Best Recording for Children" category for "The Little Prince" (featuring Jonathan Winters and Billy Simpson). [1975]

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Richard Burton and Dominic Guard in Absolution (1978)

His 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.

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The 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 The 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.

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Richard Burton and Billy Connolly in Absolution (1978)

In 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).

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Richard Burton and David Bradley in Absolution (1978)

After 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.

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Was 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.

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According 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.

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Planned 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.

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Richard Burton and Robert Newton in Die Wüstenratten (1953)

Loved to do crossword puzzles and was dismayed that American newspapers' crosswords were more geared towards encyclopedic information rather than puns and wordplay.

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