Richard Burton

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.
  • Birth Place: Pontrhydyfen, Wales
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/10/1925, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 08/05/1984
  • Profession: 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 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.
  • 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
  • College:
  • Attended University of Oxford, Exeter College, Oxford, England

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