Richard Burton

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Richard Burton
in The Robe (1953)
BornRichard Walter Jenkins
10 November 1925(1925-11-10)
Pontrhydyfen, Wales
Dee'd5 August 1984(1984-08-05) (aged 58)
Céligny, Swisserland
Cause o daith
Cerebral haemorrhage
CitizenshipUnitit Kinrick
Years active1944–84
Hauf-marrae(s)Sybil Williams
(m. 1949–1963, divorced)
Elizabeth Taylor
(m. 1964–1974; 1975–1976, divorced)
Suzy Hunt (m. 1976–1982, divorced)
Sally Hay
(m. 1983–1984; his daith)
BairnsKate Burton
Jessica Burton
Liza Todd Burton
Maria Burton

Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) wis a Welsh stage an cinema actor[1] kent for his mellifluous baritone vyce an his great actin talent that mony critics believed he squandered in an excess o hedonism.[2] Establishing himsel as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s an the purveyor o a memorable Hamlet in 1964, Burton wis cried "the naitural successor tae Olivier" bi critic an dramaturg Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic,[3] Burton's failure tae live up tae those expectations[4] fuellt his legend as the greatest thespian wastrel syne John Barrymore, anither great Hamlet thats career foondered in a sea o alcohol anaa.[5]

Burton wis nominated seiven times for an Academy Awaird wioot iver winnin. He wis a recipient o BAFTA, Golden Globe an Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascendit intae the ranks o the tap box office actors[6] an bi the late 1960s, wis the heichest-peyed actor in the warld, receivin fees o $1 million or mair plus a share o the gross receipts.[7]

Burton remains heichly associatit in the public consciousness wi his seicont wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple's turbulent relationship wis rarely oot o the news.[8]

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  1. Obituary Variety, 8 August 1984
  2. Clarke, Gerald (20). "Show Business: The Mellifluous Prince of Disorder". Time Magazine. 124 (8). Retrieved 30 September 2013. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= and |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  3. Burton, Richard (20 November 2012). "Booze. Booze. Booze. Must stop! Vodka for breakfast so Liz wouldn't smell it when they kissed. Hands that couldn't stop trembling. In his own shame filled words, how alcohol killed Burton's second marriage to Taylor". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. Kalfatovic, Mary C. (2005). American National Biography: Supplement 2. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0195222029.
  5. Sellers, Robert (2009). Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books. p. 145. ISBN 0312553994.
  6. "Quigley's Top Ten Box-Office Champions (1932-Present)". Tony Barnes Journal. Archived frae the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  7. "Biography for Richard Burton (I)". Internet Movie Datbase. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  8. "Richard Burton: Works 1970s". The Official Richard Burton Website. 2008. Archived frae the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 5 Juin 2008.