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Richard Burton

Welsh Actor
Born Nov 10, 1925

Richard Walter Jenkins, better known as Richard Burton, CBE was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award - for My Cousin Rachel, The Robe (1953), Becket (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Equus (1977) - six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, without ever winning. He was a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on November 10, 1925.
1927 1 Year Old Burton was less than two years old in 1927 when his mother, Edith Maude (née Thomas), died on 31 October 1927 at age 44 after giving birth to her 13th child. … Read More


1943 17 Years Old In 1943, at age 18, Richard Burton (who had taken his teacher's surname but would not change it by deed poll for several years), was allowed into Exeter College, Oxford, for a special term of six months study, made possible because he was an air force cadet obligated to later military service. … Read More
1944 18 Years Old He had made his professional acting debut in Liverpool and London, appearing in Druid's Rest, a play by Emlyn Williams (who also became a guru), but his career was interrupted by conscription in 1944. … Read More
1945 19 Years Old …  Later appearances included the television film Divorce His – Divorce Hers (1973) opposite then-wife Elizabeth Taylor (a prophetic title, since their first marriage would be dissolved less than a year later), a remake of the classic film Brief Encounter (1974) that was considered vastly inferior to the 1945 original, and a critically applauded performance as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (1974). … Read More


1947 21 Years Old In 1947, after his discharge from the RAF, Burton went to London to seek his fortune. … Read More
1949 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Burton met his future wife, the young actress Sybil Williams, on the set, and they married in February 1949.
1951 25 Years Old …  In the 1951 season at Stratford, he gave a critically acclaimed performance and achieved stardom as Prince Hal in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 opposite Anthony Quayle's Falstaff. … Read More
1952 26 Years Old In 1952, Burton successfully made the transition to a Hollywood star; on the recommendation of Daphne du Maurier, he was given the leading role in My Cousin Rachel opposite Olivia de Havilland. … Read More
1953 27 Years Old Burton was still juggling theatre with film, playing Hamlet and Coriolanus at the Old Vic theatre in 1953 and alternating the roles of Iago and Othello with the Old Vic's other rising matinee idol John Neville. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In turn, Burton declined to attend his funeral, in 1957.
1958 32 Years Old Then in 1958, he was offered the part of Jimmy Porter, "an angry young man" role, in the film version of John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger, a gritty drama about middle-class life in the British Midlands, directed by Tony Richardson, again with Claire Bloom as co-star. … Read More
1960 34 Years Old Next came The Bramble Bush and Ice Palace in 1960, neither important to Burton's career. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old They had two daughters, but divorced in 1963 after Burton's widely reported affair with Elizabeth Taylor.
The two would not be free to marry until 1964 when their respective divorces were complete. … Read More


1968 42 Years Old …  In 1968 Burton's elder brother, Ifor, slipped and fell, breaking his neck, after a lengthy drinking session with Burton at the actor's second home in Céligny, Switzerland. … Read More
1969 43 Years Old …  Another box office failure was the 1969 film Staircase, in which he and his "Cleopatra" co-star Rex Harrison appeared as a bickering homosexual couple. … Read More
1973 47 Years Old 1 More Event
His younger brother Graham Jenkins opined it may have been guilt over this that caused Burton to start drinking very heavily, particularly after Ifor died in 1973.
1974 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Burton was an alcoholic who reportedly nearly died in 1974 from an excess of drinking. … Read More


In 1976 Burton received a Grammy in the category of Best Recording for Children for his narration of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. … Read More
1982 56 Years Old From 1982, he and Becket co-star Peter O'Toole shared the record for the male actor with the most nominations (7) for a competitive acting Oscar without ever winning.
1983 57 Years Old From 1983 until his death in 1984, Burton was married to make-up artist Sally Hay.
1984 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Burton enjoyed a personal triumph in the American television miniseries Ellis Island in 1984, receiving a posthumous Emmy Award nomination for his final television performance. … Read More
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