Richard Burton

Died aged c. 59

Richard Burton CBE (/ˈbɜːrtən/; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called "the natural successor to Olivier" by critic Kenneth Tynan. A heavy drinker, Burton's perceived failure to live up to those expectations disappointed some critics and colleagues and added to his image as a great performer who had wasted his talent. Nevertheless, he is widely regarded as one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars. By the late 1960s, Burton was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remained closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple's turbulent relationship, in which they were married twice and divorced twice, was rarely out of the news.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Richard Burton 1925-1984 actor lived here 1949-1956

6 Lyndhurst Road, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #104

Lower Town, Fishguard site of the filming of Under Milk Wood 1971

Lower Town Quayside, Fishguard, United Kingdom where they filmed

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #206

Richard Burton (1925-1984) born here 10 November [full inscription unknown]

2 Dan-y-Bont, Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom where they was born (1925)