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Richard Burton

Richard Burton's biography

Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. is 59 years old film actor born at Pontrhydyfen. He was born on Tuesday 10th of November 1925. He is often nicknamed as Rich, Dick, Richard Walter Jenkins Jr., Richard Burton. According to year of birth 1925 he belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 10th of November means Richard is Scorpio. Scorpio is a watery sign. These people are very intense in their thoughts. They always learn from the transformatory phase of their life.He was married 4 times.

He is native welsh speaker. He is white british. Richard is citizen of United Kingdom. He is presbyterian. His primary profession is to be film actor. You can know Richard also as diarist, stage actor, actor. He is recently known as film director.

Richard Burton's dad

Richard Burton's father's name is Richard Walter Jenkins.

Richard Burton's mom

Richard Burton's mother's name is Edith Mawd Thomas.

Richard Burton's family

Richard Burton's ex spouses

Elizabeth Taylor

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor have been together since 1964 for 10 years. She is known as philanthropist. Richard´s ex spouse was born on Saturday 27th of February 1932 in Hampstead Garden Suburb. His ex spouse died on Wednesday 23rd of March 2011 in Los Angeles. Elizabeth Taylor was 86 years old, when this happened.

Susan Hunt

Richard Burton and Susan Hunt have been together since 1976 for 6 years. She is known as model. Richard´s ex spouse was born on Thursday 19th of May 1949.

Sybil Williams

Richard Burton and Sybil Williams have been together since 1949 for 14 years. She is known as nightclub owner. Richard´s ex spouse was born on Wednesday 27th of March 1929 in Tylorstown. His ex spouse died on Saturday 9th of March 2013 in New York City. Sybil Williams was 88 years old, when this happened.

Sally Burton

Richard Burton and Sally Burton have been together since 1983 for a year. She is known as writer. Richard´s ex spouse was born on Wednesday 21st of January 1948.

Richard has 1 daughter.

Richard Burton's daughter: Kate Burton

Richard Burton's daughter's name is Kate Burton. She is known as actor. His daughter was born on Tuesday 10th of September 1957 in Geneva.

Richard Burton's schools

We found 1 school Richard attended. Name of the school: Exeter College.

Detailed informations about Richard´s schools

He studied university - Oxford University.

Richard Burton's career

Richard´s main focus is to be film actor.

Is Richard Burton gay ?

He is known to be bisexual.

How did Richard Burton die

He died on on Sunday 5th of August 1984 when he was 59 years old at Geneva. Richard Burtons death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Richard Burton's Awards

  • Won Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Camelot" as well as a Special Award in 1976. He was also twice nominated for Tony Awards as Best Actor (Dramatic): for "Time Remembered" (1954) and for "Hamlet" (1964).
  • Won the 1951 Theatre World Award for "The Lady's Not For Burning".

Richard Burton's Nominations

  • Richard was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for work My Cousin Rachel in 1952
  • Richard was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
  • Richard was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor

What else you don't know about Richard Burton ?

His middle name is Walter.

What Richard Burton has done for a first time

  • 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.

Richard Burton's quotes

  • When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.
  • [replying to a cable from Laurence Olivier at the height of the Cleopatra (1963) scandal: "Make up your mind, dear heart. Do you want to be a great actor or a household word?"] Both.
  • I've done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.
  • My father considered that anyone who went to chapel and didn't drink alcohol was not to be tolerated. I grew up in that belief.
  • [in 1963, about adultery] The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore.
  • I've played the lot: a homosexual, a sadistic gangster, kings, princes, a saint, the lot. All that's left is a Carry On film. My last ambition.
  • I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.
  • My father said all actors were homosexuals. That is nonsense, of course. But perhaps most actors are latent homosexuals and we cover it with drink. I was a homosexual once, but not for long. But I tried it. It didn't work so I gave it up. (1975)
  • I rather like my reputation, actually, that of a spoiled genius from the Welsh gutter, a drunk, a womanizer; it's rather an attractive image.
  • You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice.
  • [asked why he refused to see his performance in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I don't want to kill myself.
  • The only thing in life is language. Not love. Not anything else.
  • All I wanted to do was to live, pick up a new Jag, and act at the Old Vic.
  • All great art comes from people who are either ugly or have a terrible inferiority complex. I know no one who is beautiful and produces art.
  • [about his love of reading] Home is where the books are.
  • [about being hired to play Marc Antony opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)] Well, I suppose I must don a breastplate once more to play opposite Miss Tits.
  • [on Elizabeth Taylor] I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.
  • A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
  • Richard Burton is now my epitaph, my cross, my title, my image. I have achieved a kind of diabolical fame. It has nothing to do with my talents as an actor. That counts for little now. I am the diabolically famous Richard Burton.
  • An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.
  • Certainly most movie executives were making love to the starlets. But then, so were most of us actors.
  • [on Elizabeth Taylor] The most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen.
  • [on Frankie Howerd] If I had his talent, I'd drop Shakespeare tomorrow.
  • [on Staircase (1969)] I believe in this film absolutely. It is a kick against the system.
  • [in 1962] And I'm too old. I'm now thirty-six. And I look about 5'2". I'm 5'10" but I look smaller. It's because I'm so wide or my head's too big or something.
  • [on Elizabeth Taylor] I love her, not for her breasts, her buttocks or her knees but for her mind. It is inscrutable. She is like a poem.
  • [on Sophia Loren] She is as beautiful as an erotic dream. Tall and extremely large-bosomed. Tremendously long legs. They go up to her shoulders, practically. Beautiful brown eyes, set in a marvelously vulpine, almost satanic, face.
  • [in 1984] I still smoke too much. I think it gives my voice an edge.
  • (on Julie Andrews, his co-star in "Camelot"] Every man I know who knows her is a little bit in love with her.
  • [on Alexander the Great (1956)] I knew all epics are crap but I felt this one could be different. How could I have been so wrong?
  • God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell.
  • Once you have a drink problem, you always have one. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. But, er, I'm not quite sure whether I am one or not. I think I'm within striking distance of being one. (1977)
  • Rubbish ... tastelessly sentimental and badly acted by me. - On The Robe (1953)
  • It seems fairly ridiculous for someone of forty-five or fifty to be learning words written by other people, most of which are bad, to make a few dollars.
  • I'm not dedicated, I never was. In a sense I'm totally alienated from the craft that I employ so superficially and successfully. (1970)
  • I get increasingly disenchanted with acting ... as the years totter past I find it ludicrous, learning some idiot's lines in the small hours of the night so I can stay a millionaire. (1972)
  • One big picture is worth ten small ones. The actor who is fortunate enough to get two or possibly three big subjects a year benefits from their long runs. He's never absent long from public view.
  • Last Tango in Paris [Last Tango in Paris (1972)] so absolutely revolted and embarrassed me that I didn't know where to look ... I said, 'I'm sorry, I can't stand it, I have to go. It did not turn me on, it turned me off. For a month I was asexual.
  • My friends are not actors, they are scientists, they are writers. My real gift is writing.
  • You can't be at the mercy of fate, you've got to invest so you don't ever need to work again.
  • Although I like to be thought of as a tough rugby-playing Welsh miner's son, able to take on the world, the reality is that this image is just superficial. I am the reverse of what people think.
  • I drank too much, smoked too much and made love too much.
  • I have always felt that the camera hasn't liked me. I'm a stage animal. I have to be big and loud, and the camera needs you to be small and naturalistic and subtle; much more naturalistic. I'm as subtle as a buffalo stampede.
  • Marlon Brando has yet to learn to speak. He should have been born two generations before and acted in silent films.
  • I got away from the valley and proceeded to drink myself to death elsewhere.
  • You haven't heard the real beauty of the Bible until you have heard it in Welsh.
  • Marc Antony is one of the great roles because it combines some of the best dialogue Shakespeare ever wrote and action; Antony was a man of action.
  • Shakespeare [is] the best way to learn English.
  • Generally if you mention the word Shakespeare in Hollywood, everybody leaves the room.
  • Everywhere you go, there's somewhere shoving a chair under your bum, and if you take out a cigarette there are eighty-four people jumping up to light it and tell you how wonderful you are. And you know it's not true.
  • [on Marlon Brando, July, 1970]: He really is a smugly pompous little bastard and is cavalier about everybody except Black Panthers and Indians.
  • If I had a chance for another life, I would certainly choose a better complexion.
  • You reach the top of the heap, but it's a circle, and you slip on the down side; maybe for years. You get scared. (1982)
  • The learned doctors told me if I continued to booze I should be prepared to welcome the end.
  • I'm more aware than I used to be of the tedium of acting. (1984)
  • Actors are poor, abject, disagreeable, perverse, ill-minded, slightly malicious creatures. And of that august company of idiots, I'm afraid I'm a member.
  • Having discovered sex, I began looting and plundering it with great delight.
  • Stripped, I am monstrous.
  • I have achieved a sort of diabolical fame.
  • I gave it a try once ... Intimacy with a man. How can you know you don't like caviar if you never tried it?
  • I was born a Jew. I am perhaps the very oldest of the really ancient Jews.
  • My great-grandfather was a Polish Jew named Jan Ysar, and that was the family name until they changed it to Jenkins. It's true. I'm one-eighth Jewish. Elizabeth hasn't a drop of Jewish blood. I've told her so. It makes her furious.
  • [on why he did Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)]: I had a divorce coming up (to Elizabeth Taylor). I needed money for that.
  • [on first seeing Elizabeth Taylor in 1953] A girl sitting on the other side of the pool lowered her book, took off her sunglasses and looked at me. She was so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud.

Richard Burton's height, body shape, eye color

Lets describe how Richard Burton looks. We will focus on his height, body shape, eye color and hair color. Richard is tall as 5' 10" (178 cm). Body build is average. Richard´s eyes are tinted green. His hair is shade of brown - dark.

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