Richard Walter Jenkins, better known as Richard Burton (November 10, 1925 — August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards
, but never won, making him one of the biggest losers in Oscar history (His old drinking buddy Peter O'Toole
takes the gold with eight
nominations). On stage, he played Arthur in the original production of Camelot
Burton was also famous for his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor
. They met on the set of 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 Kate Burton
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 The War of the Worlds
On August 5, 1984, after years of alcoholism, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 58.
His film roles included:
- Large Ham
- Money, Dear Boy: 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, Where Eagles Dare, Bluebeard, Exorcist II: The Heretic. Presumably money had something to do with his choice of films.
- Shakespearian Actors: Quite an accomplished one, though almost exclusively on stage. He only made two Shakespeare films: Hamlet (1964), essentially a recording of his Broadway performance in that role, and The Taming of the Shrew (1967) opposite Elizabeth Taylor.