->''"I'm a reader, you know. I was corrupted by Faust. And Creator/WilliamShakespeare. And Creator/MarcelProust. And Creator/ErnestHemingway. But mostly I was corrupted by Creator/DylanThomas. Most people see me as a rake, womaniser, boozer and purchaser of large baubles. I'm all those things depending on the prism and the light. But mostly I'm a reader. Give me Creator/AgathaChristie for an hour and I'm happy as a clam. The house in Celigny some day will cave in under its own weight from the books. I hope I'm there when it does. One hundred and six years old. Investigating the newest thriller from Creator/JohnLeCarre or a new play from Creator/TennesseeWilliams."''
-->-- '''Richard Burton'''

Richard Walter Jenkins, better known as Richard Burton (November 10, 1925 August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated for seven UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, but never won, making him one of the biggest losers in Oscar history (His old drinking buddy Creator/PeterOToole takes the gold with ''eight'' nominations). On stage, he played Arthur in the original production of ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}''.

Burton was also famous for his marriage to Creator/ElizabethTaylor. They met on the set of ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' and engaged in an affair, which resulted him in leaving his first wife Sybil Williams, for Taylor. They married in 1964, divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, and divorced again in 1976. After his marriage to Taylor ended twice, he later married twice more, to Suzy Hunt (1976-1982) and Sally Hay (1983-1984).

His daughter Creator/KateBurton is also an actress.

In addition to his movie roles, he's also known for providing the voice for The Journalist in Jeff Wayne's musical version of [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds The War of the Worlds]]

On August 5, 1984, after years of alcoholism, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 58.

He ended at #96 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.

!!His film roles included:
* Marcellus Gallio in ''Film/TheRobe'' (1953)
* Jimmy Porter in ''Film/LookBackInAnger'' (1959)
* Richard Campbell in ''Film/TheLongestDay'' (1962)
* Mark Antony in ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' (1963)
* Thomas Becket in ''Film/{{Becket}}'' (1964)
* Narrator in ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' (1964)
* Alec Leamas in ''Film/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold'' (1965)
* George in ''Film/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'' (1966)
* Petruchio in ''Film/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' (1967)
* Maj. Jonathan Smith in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'' (1968)
* Henry VIII in ''Film/AnneOfTheThousandDays'' (1969)
* Father Philip Lamont in ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' (1977)
* Dr. Martin Dysart in ''Film/{{Equus}}'' (1977)
* Col. Allen Faulkner in ''Film/TheWildGeese'' (1978)
* O'Brien in ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' (1984)

* TheAlcoholic
* {{Bookworm}}: As evidenced by the page quote, Burton was an utterly voracious reader; as well as having a whole library at home, he carried volumes of literature with him wherever he went and was able to recite huge chunks of Shakespeare purely from memory. This came in handy when playing historical characters: even for something like ''The Assassination of Trotsky'', he spent over a year researching his character's life and background.
* TheCasanova: Especially during his younger days.
* LargeHam
* MoneyDearBoy: The seven-time Oscar nominee, and most acclaimed Shakespearean actor of his era, also starred in the following movies: ''The Sand Pipers'', ''Boom!'', ''Staircase'', ''Hammersmith is Out'', ''The Assassination of Trotsky'', ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'', ''Bluebeard'', ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic''. Presumably money had something to do with his choice of films. On the other hand, Burton had a tendency to [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take even bad films seriously]], with decidedly {{Narm}}y results.
-->'''Burton''': If you're going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it.
* ShakespearianActors: Quite an accomplished one, though almost exclusively on stage. He only made two Shakespeare films: ''Film/{{Hamlet}}'' (1964), essentially a recording of his Broadway performance in that role, and ''Film/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' (1967) opposite Elizabeth Taylor.