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"I'm a reader, you know. I was corrupted by Faust. And William Shakespeare. And Marcel Proust. And Ernest Hemingway. But mostly I was corrupted by Dylan Thomas. 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 Agatha Christie 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 John le Carré or a new play from Tennessee Williams."
Richard Burton

Richard Burton CBE (born Richard Walter Jenkins JR.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards without ever winning (His old drinking buddy Peter O'Toole takes the gold with eight nominations). On stage, he played Arthur in the original production of Camelot and won high acclaim from critics and audiences for his performances of William Shakespeare's plays, particularly his Hamlet and Coriolanus at the Old Vic Theatre in the 1950s.

In addition to his stage and screen roles, he's also known for providing the voice for The Journalist in Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds.

Burton was also famous for his marriages 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 second marriage to Taylor ended, he later married twice more, to Suzy Hunt (1976-1982) and Sally Hay (1983-1984).

His daughter Kate Burton is also an actress, they appeared together in two made for television movies.

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

He's often mistakenly referred to as Sir Richard Burton, although he was never knighted. This could partly be due to confusion with (the unrelated) Sir Richard Francis Burton, the 19th Century British explorer and author.

No relation with Tim Burton.

He ended at #96 in 100 Greatest Britons.

His film roles included: