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Richard Burton

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Richard Burton

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Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United Kingdom (37%), United States (36%), Ireland (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Elizabeth Taylor, John Gielgud, Hamlet

Linked to: Exeter College, Oxford, Oxford University Dramatic Society, Daily Mail, Royal Air Force

 

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Richard Burton was born in 1925 add something


1933

John Gielgud - But Gielgud was best known for directing productions in which he starred, including his greatest commercial success Richard of Bordeaux, his definitive production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Medea with Judith Anderson's Tony Award-winning performance of the title role with Gielgud supporting her as Jason, The Lady's Not for Burning that won Richard Burton his first notoriety as an actor, and Ivanov.


1940

In the 1940s and early 1950s Burton worked on stage and in cinema in the United Kingdom add something


1943

In 1943, at the age of eighteen, Richard Burton , was allowed into Exeter College, Oxford, for a special term of six months study, made possible because he was an air force cadet obligated to later military service add something


1944

He earned his first professional acting fees doing radio parts for the BBC. He had made his professional acting debut in Liverpool and London , appearing in "Druid's Rest", a play by Emlyn Williams , but his career was interrupted by conscription in 1944 add something

 

Warren Mitchell - There he met his contemporary Richard Burton, and together they joined the RAF in 1944


1947

In 1947, after his discharge from the RAF, Burton went to London to seek his fortune add something


1949

From 1949 until their divorce in 1963, he was married to producer Sybil Williams, by whom he had two daughters, Katherine "Kate" Burton and Jessica Burton add something

 

Burton met his future wife, the young actress Sybil Williams, on the set, and they married in February 1949 add something


1950

In terms of critical success, Burton's Hollywood roles throughout the 1950s did not live up to the early promise of his debut add something

 

Robert Gillespie - He trained as an actor at RADA in the 1950s and upon leaving RADA worked with notable stage actors including Richard Burton and John Gielgud

 

Celebrity - Public fascination went well beyond the on-screen exploits of movie stars and their private lives became headline news: for example, in Hollywood the marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and in Bollywood the affairs of Raj Kapoor in the 1950's


1951

In the 1951 season at Stratford, he gave a critically acclaimed performance and achieved stardom as Prince Hal in Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1" opposite Anthony Quayle's Falstaff add something

 

Barbara Rush - She made her screen debut in the 1951 movie " The Goldbergs" and went on to star opposite the likes of James Mason, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Richard Burton, Dean_Martin, Frank Sinatra and Kirk Douglas


1952

In 1952, Burton successfully made the transition to a Hollywood star; on the recommendation of Daphne du Maurier, he was given the leading role in "My Cousin Rachel" opposite Olivia de Havilland add something

 

Anthony Hopkins - Hopkins was influenced and encouraged to become an actor by Welsh compatriot Richard_Burton, whom he met briefly at the age of 15.

 

Hugh Griffith - In 1952 he starred in the Broadway adaption of "Legend of Lovers", alongside fellow Welsh actor Richard Burton


1953

Burton was still juggling theatre with film, playing Hamlet and Coriolanus at the Old Vic theatre in 1953 and alternating the roles of Iago and Othello with the Old Vic's other rising matinee idol John Neville add something


1954

In 1954, Burton took his most famous radio role, as the narrator in the original production of Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood", a role he would reprise in the film version twenty years later add something

 

Dylan Thomas - Richard Burton starred in the first broadcast in 1954, and was joined by Elizabeth Taylor in a subsequent film


1955

Michael Rennie - "The Rains of Ranchipur", released on 14 December 1955, assigned him fifth billing after the lead romantic teaming of Lana Turner and Richard Burton


1956

Cy Grant - In 1956, Grant appeared alongside Nadia Cattouse and Errol John in the BBC TV drama "Man From The Sun", whose characters are mostly Caribbean immigrants, and starred in the World War II film "Sea Wife" , with Richard Burton and Joan Collins

 

Robert Marsden - In Fry's "The Boy With A Cart", he played one of the brothers in the West End with Richard Burton, and a different one on TV. In 1956 at the Phoenix he was in Peter Brook's production of "The Power & the Glory" with Paul Scofield


1957

In 1957 Burton became a tax exile by moving to Switzerland, where he lived until his death add something

 

In turn, Burton declined to attend his funeral, in 1957 add something

 

Like Burton, his father died from a cerebral haemorrhage, in January 1957, at the age of 81 add something

 

Leocadia - It was staged both in London and on Broadway in 1957, with Richard Burton and Helen Hayes in the leading parts


1958

Then in 1958, he was offered the part of Jimmy Porter, "an angry young man" role, in the film version of John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger", a gritty drama about middle-class life in the British Midlands, directed by Tony Richardson, and again with Claire Bloom as co-star add something

 

Albert Marre - In 1958, Marre directed the Jean Anouilh play, "Time Remembered" , which starred Helen Hayes, Richard Burton, Susan_Strasberg and Sig Arno

 

John Osborne - The play went on to be an enormous commercial success, transferring to the West End and to Broadway, touring to Moscow and in 1958 a film version was released with Richard Burton and Mary Ure in the leading roles


1959

Mary Ure - In the 1959 film version, Ure reprised her role with Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter


1960

Burton rarely appeared on television, although he gave a memorable performance as Caliban in a televised production of "The Tempest" for The Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1960 add something

 

He was the narrator, as Winston Churchill, in the highly successful 1960 television documentary series "The Valiant Years add something

 

Next came "The Bramble Bush" and "Ice Palace" in 1960, neither important to Burton's career add something

 

Angie Dickinson - Dickinson nonetheless became one of the more prominent leading ladies of the next decade, beginning with "The Bramble Bush" with Richard Burton and "Ocean's 11" with friends Sinatra and Martin, two films released in 1960

 

Nathalie Delon - During the 1960s Nathalie was reputedly one of the most beautiful women in the world and dated both Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton after each of them divorced Elizabeth Taylor

 

Julie Andrews - In 1960, Lerner and Loewe again cast her in a period musical as Queen Guinevere in "Camelot", with Richard Burton and newcomer Robert Goulet


1963

They had two daughters, and divorced in 1963 after Burton's widely reported affair with Elizabeth Taylor add something

 

Margaret Rutherford - In 1963 Rutherford was *awarded an Academy *award and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the absent-minded, impoverished, pill-popping Duchess of Brighton, the only light relief, in Terence Rattigan's "The V.I.P.s", a film featuring a star-studded cast led by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

 

Sue Lyon - In 1963, Lyon was again cast as a seductive teen in John Huston's "The Night of the Iguana" , competing for the affections of Richard Burton's disgraced preacher against the likes of Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner


 

He put his stage career on the back burner to concentrate on film, although he received a third Tony award nomination when he reprised his Hamlet under John Gielgud's direction in 1964 in a production that holds the record for the longest run of the play in Broadway history add something

 

In 1964, Burton triumphed as defrocked Episcopal priest Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon in Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana" directed by John Huston, a film which became another critical and box office success add something

 

In 1964, Burton wrote a semi-autobiographical book "A Christmas Story", which a tale of Christmas Eve in a Welsh mining village during the Depression add something

 

In 1964, the couple adopted a daughter from Germany, Maria Burton add something

 

The performance was immortalised both on record and on a film that played in US theatres for a week in 1964 as well as being the subject of books written by cast members William Redfield and Richard L. Sterne add something

 

The two would not be free to marry until 1964 when their respective divorces were complete add something

 

Against his family's advice, Burton married Taylor on Sunday 15 March 1964, in Montreal add something

 

He was married twice, consecutively, to actress Elizabeth Taylor, from 15 March 1964 to 26 June 1974 and from 10 October 1975 to 29 July 1976 add something

 

Columbia Masterworks Records - And in 1964, Columbia Masterworks would release a complete album of the 1964 Broadway revival of "Hamlet", starring Richard Burton and directed by John Gielgud - the longest-running "Hamlet" in Broadway history to date

 

John Gielgud - Gielgud did voice the Ghost in both the stage and film version of the Richard Burton Hamlet, which he directed in 1964, and in the 1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation starring Richard Chamberlain.

 

John Cullum - He would go on to play Laertes opposite Burton's 1964 Broadway performance as Hamlet and in Burton's final Broadway appearance in Noël Coward's "Private Lives" in 1983

 

John Gielgud - In his later years, Gielgud played the Ghost of Hamlet's Father in productions of the play, first to Richard Burton's Melancholy Dane on the Broadway stage which Gielgud directed in 1964, on television with Richard Chamberlain, and finally in a radio production starring Gielgud's protege Kenneth Branagh.


1968

In 1968 Burton's elder brother, Ifor, slipped and fell, breaking his neck, after a lengthy drinking session with Burton at the actor's second home in Céligny, Switzerland add something

 

Ingrid Pitt - In 1968, she co-starred in the low-budget science fiction film "The Omegans" and, in the same year, played "Heidi" in "Where Eagles Dare" opposite Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood


1969

Maxwell Anderson - It opened on Broadway starring Rex Harrison and Joyce Redman, and, in 1969 became an Oscar-winning movie with Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold

 

Irene Papas - She appeared as Catherine of Aragon in the film "Anne of the Thousand Days", opposite Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in 1969

 

Taylor-Burton Diamond - The "'Taylor-Burton Diamond"' is a 68 carat diamond that became notable when it was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1969


1970

Burton showed a subtle flair for comedy in a 1970 guest appearance with Elizabeth Taylor on the sitcom "Here's Lucy", where he recited, in a plumber's uniform, a haunting excerpt of a speech from Shakespeare's "Richard II" add something

 

He did enjoy one major critical success in the 1970s in the film version of his stage hit "Equus", winning the Golden Globe award as well as an Academy award nomination add something

 

He had been warned that his liver was enlarged as early as March 1970, and had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease in April 1981 add something

 

Keith McDermott - In the 1970s, he lived with author Edmund White in New York City , and appeared as Alan Strang in "Equus" on Broadway opposite Richard Burton


1972

Sybil Danning - In 1972, she was in the cast of "Bluebeard", along with Raquel Welch and Richard Burton, playing a high-class prostitute

 

Elizabeth Taylor - With then-husband Richard Burton, she co-starred in the 1972 films "Under Milk Wood" and "Hammersmith Is Out", and the 1973 made-for-TV movie "Divorce His, Divorce Hers"


1973

In 1973 Burton agreed to play Josef Broz Tito in a film biography, since he admired the Yugoslav leader add something


1974

How much of this was due to his intake of alcohol is impossible to ascertain, according to Bragg, because of Burton's reluctance to be treated for alcohol addiction; however, in 1974, Burton spent six weeks in a clinic to recuperate from a period during which he had been drinking three bottles of vodka a day add something

 

Brief Encounter - A 1974 television remake of the film, shown in the US on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame", starred Richard Burton and Sophia Loren, but was not well received

 

Elizabeth Taylor - In 1974 Taylor and Richard Burton considered marrying in Israel, but could not because Burton was not Jewish


1975

In a February 1975 interview with his friend David Lewin he said he "tried" homosexuality add something

 

Claudine Longet - In 1975, she appeared as "The Flower" with Richard Burton, Jonathan_Winters, and others, on the children's album "The Little Prince", based on the Antoine de Saint Exupéry novel

 

Kasane - Kasane briefly obtained international fame as the location of the remarriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton, in 1975


1976

After his Hamlet, Burton did not return to the stage for twelve years until 1976 in "Equus" add something

 

Burton courted further controversy in 1976 when he wrote an unsolicited article for "The Observer" about his friend and fellow Welsh thespian Stanley Baker, who had recently died from pneumonia at the age of 48; the article upset Baker's widow with its depiction of her late husband as an uncultured womaniser add something

 

In 1976 Burton received a Grammy in the category of Best Recording for Children for his narration of "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry add something


1977

Al Pacino - In 1977, Pacino starred as a race-car driver in Bobby Deerfield, directed by Sydney Pollack, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama for his portrayal of the title role, losing out to Richard Burton, who won for Equus.


1978

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - He found success in 1978, when he narrated "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds" add something

 

Erwin C. Dietrich - The cast included Richard Harris, Roger Moore, Richard Burton, and Hardy Krüger did its share; the movie was seen by 4 million movie-goers in Germany alone and advanced to become a huge blockbuster in 1978, ultimately winning the "Goldene Leinwand" *award

 

Moise Tshombe - These rumors were the basis for Daniel Carney's book that later became the 1978 film "The Wild Geese", which starred Richard Burton


1982

From 1982, he and "Becket" co-star Peter O'Toole shared the record for the male actor with the most nominations for a competitive acting Oscar without ever winning add something


1983

A critically praised film he made about the life of Richard Wagner was shown as a television miniseries in 1983 after failing to achieve a theatrical release in most countries due to its nine hour running time add something

 

From 1983 until his death in 1984, Burton was married to make-up artist Sally Hay add something

 

The final stage performance in which he starred was a critically reviled production of Noël Coward's "Private Lives," opposite his ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor, in 1983 add something

 

Gemma Craven - Her most substantial film role was as Minna Wagner opposite Richard Burton's Richard Wagner, in the 1983 film "Wagner"

 

Milton Katselas - In 1983, Katselas directed a revival of Noël Coward's "Private Lives", the only Broadway stage production in which Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton co-starred together

 

Gabriel Byrne - In 1983, he appeared with Richard Burton in the miniseries "Wagner" , co-starring Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson

 

Zev Buffman - Later, he brought Elizabeth and Richard Burton together to the Broadway stage in the 1983 revival of "Private Lives"


 

Burton enjoyed a personal triumph in the American television miniseries "Ellis Island" in 1984, receiving a posthumous Emmy award nomination for his final television performance add something


Richard Burton died in 1984 add something

 

Burton died at age 58 from a brain haemorrhage on 5 August 1984 at his home in Céligny, Switzerland, and is buried there add something

 

Gregory Paul Martin - In television, he appeared opposite Faye Dunaway, Liam Neeson, and the late Richard Burton in the 1984 CBS mini-series "Ellis Island"

 

Kate Burton (actress) - Kate Burton appeared in 1984 with her father Richard Burton in the television mini-series "Ellis Island"

 

Michael Radford - Radford came to international attention with "Nineteen Eighty-Four", his adaptation of George Orwell's novel "1984", starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, and in which Richard Burton gave his final film performance

 

Ann Jillian - "Jennifer Slept Here" ended in 1984, enabling her to take a role in the miniseries "Ellis Island", co-starring opposite Richard Burton, Faye_Dunaway, Ben Vereen and Liam Neeson


1985

At the time of his death, Burton was preparing to film "Wild Geese II", the sequel to "The Wild Geese", which was eventually released in 1985 add something


1988

The 1988 biography of Burton by Melvyn Bragg provides a detailed description of the many health issues that plagued Burton throughout his life add something


2000

In 2000, Ellis Amburn's biography of Elizabeth Taylor suggested that Burton had an affair with Laurence Olivier and tried to seduce Eddie Fisher, although this was strongly denied by Burton's younger brother Graham Jenkins add something

 

Pierrot le Fou - David Wills, Cambridge University Press, 2000 Godard considered Richard Burton to play the role of Ferdinand but gave up the idea


2007

In 2007, O'Toole was nominated for an eighth time , for "Venus" add something


2008

Gabriel Byrne - Upon his return to theatre in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in "Camelot" with the New York Philharmonic from 7 to 10 May, following the footsteps of veteran actors Richard Burton and Richard Harris


2010

Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, "Daily Mail", 7 June 2010 His younger brother Graham Jenkins opined it may have been guilt over this that caused Burton to start drinking very heavily, particularly after Ifor died in 1973 add something


2011

In 2011, however, Liam Neeson was cast in the part for a "next generation" rerecording, and subsequently replaced Burton as the hologram character in the stage show add something


2012

It was eventually published posthumously in 2012 as "The Richard Burton Diaries" add something

 

Tanya Franks - Franks plays Richard Burton's wife, Sybil, in the 2012 made-for-television film "Liz & Dick"

 

Grant Bowler - In 2012, Bowler was cast as Richard Burton opposite Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the biographical TV-movie "Liz & Dick" for Lifetime in the US.