Richard Burton

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

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

Relationships

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

College

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

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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