Fast Facts

  • Twelfth out of 13 children born to a Welsh coal miner and his wife.
  • Mother, Edith, died in childbirth when Richard was 2; he was subsequently raised by his older sister, Cecilia, and her husband.
  • Was made the legal ward of his teacher Philip Burton, whose name he took as his own, in 1943.
  • Won a scholarship to Exeter College at Oxford in 1943.
  • Served in British Royal Air Force as a navigator from 1944 to '47. 
  • Became a superstar after taking on the role of King Arthur in the 1960s Broadway musical Camelot.
  • Had a famously stormy relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married twice.
  • Purchased the famed 69-carat Cartier diamond for Taylor in 1969; it was renamed the Taylor-Burton Diamond.
  • Famed for his deep, sonorous speaking voice.

Awards

  • 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1958, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1961, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1976, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1975, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Winner
  • 1967, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1969, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Elizabeth Taylor — Ex-wife
  • Jessica Burton — Daughter
  • Ifor Jenkins — Brother
  • Tom Jenkins — Brother
  • Sally Hay — Wife
  • Edith Maud Jenkins — Mother
  • Maria Burton Carson — Daughter
  • Richard 'Dic' Walter Jenkins — Father
  • Cecilia James — Sister
  • Susan Hunt — Ex-wife
  • Kate Burton — Daughter
  • David Jenkins — Brother
  • Verdun Jenkins — Brother
  • Sybil Williams — Ex-wife
  • Graham Jenkins — Brother

College

  • Attended University of Oxford, Exeter College, Oxford, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.
  • Birth Place: Pontrhydyfen, Wales
  • Birthday: November 10, 1925, Scorpio
  • Died: August 5, 1984
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director
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