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 Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr. on 10 November 1925 in his house at 2 Dan-y-bont in Pontrhydyfen, a small village located in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales. … Read More


1937 11 Years Old From the age of five to eight, Richard had his education at the Eastern Primary School while he attended the Boys' segment of the same school from eight to twelve years old. He took a scholarship exam for admission into Port Talbot Secondary School in March 1937 and passed it. … Read More
1941 15 Years Old He decided to leave school by the end of 1941 and work at as a miner as Elfed wasn't fit for work due to illness. … Read More
1943 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In autumn of 1943, Philip planned to adopt Richard, but was not able to do so as he was 20 days too young to be 21 years older than his ward, a legal requirement. … Read More
1944 18 Years Old 1 More Event
During his tenure at Exeter college, Burton featured as "the complicated sex-driven puritan" Angelo in the Oxford University Dramatic Society's 1944 production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. … Read More


1946 - 1948 3 More Events
It was on the sets of this film where Burton was introduced by Williams to Sybil Williams, whom he married on 5 February 1949 at a register office in Kensington. … Read More
…  Both plays opened in 1951 at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to mixed reviews, but Burton received acclaim for his role as Prince Hal. … Read More
The year 1953 marked an important turning point in Burton's career. … Read More


1956 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1956, the free daily newspaper, London Evening Standard honoured Burton by presenting to him its Theatre Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Henry V. His success in and as Henry V led him to be called the "Welsh Wizard".
…  In turn, Burton declined to attend the funeral, when his father died from a cerebral haemorrhage in January 1957 at age 81. … Read More
1958 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, Burton appeared with Yvonne Furneaux in DuPont Show of the Month's 90-minute television adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff.
1960 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Burton appeared in two films for Warner Bros., neither of which were successful: The Bramble Bush which reunited him with his Wuthering Heights director Petrie, and Vincent Sherman's adaptation of Edna Ferber's Ice Palace. … Read More
1961 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  During the production of Becket, Burton went to watch Gielgud perform in the 1963 stage adaptation of Thornton Wilder's 1948 novel, The Ides of March. … Read More
Gielgud agreed and soon production began in January 1964 after Burton had completed his work in Becket and The Night of the Iguana. … Read More


…  In 1966, Burton and Taylor enjoyed their greatest on-screen success in Mike Nichols's film version of Edward Albee's black comedy play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which a bitter erudite couple trade vicious barbs in front of their guests, Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis). … Read More
1967 - 1970 4 More Events
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 Award in the category of Best Recording for Children for his narration of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. … Read More
1983 57 Years Old From 1983 until his death in 1984, Burton was married to make-up artist Sally Hay.
1984 59 Years Old Burton died at age 58 from a brain haemorrhage on 5 August 1984 at his home in Céligny, Switzerland, and is buried there. … Read More
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