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Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.
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Actor; producer; director
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Richard Burton 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
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.
Richard Burton Relationships:
Sybil Williams - Ex-wife
Graham Jenkins - Brother
Susan Hunt - Ex-wife
Richard 'Dic' Walter Jenkins - Father
Cecilia James - Sister
Elizabeth Taylor - Ex-wife
Jessica Burton - Daughter
Ifor Jenkins - Brother
Tom Jenkins - Brother
Sally Hay - Wife
Edith Maud Jenkins - Mother
Maria Burton Carson - Daughter
Kate Burton - Daughter
David Jenkins - Brother
Verdun Jenkins - Brother
Richard Burton Awards:
1964 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1975 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
1953 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Winner
1985 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
1959 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - 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
1960 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
1967 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - 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
1966 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1977 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1952 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1969 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1969 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
1953 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1965 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
1961 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
1958 Tony: Actor (Dramatic) - Nominee
1967 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - Nominee
1966 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - Winner
1976 Tony: Special Award - Winner
Attended University of Oxford, Exeter College, Oxford, England
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