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Richard Burton
Richard Walter Jenkins
Birthday
BirthplacePontrhydyfen, Wales
Died
NationalityWelsh
Occupation
Actor

Burton, Richard,

1925–84, British actor, b. Pontrhydfen, Wales; his original name was Richard Jenkins. A dark, introspective actor with a splendid speaking voice, Burton specialized in portraying conflicted, frequently tormented, men. He appeared with the Old Vic in Henry V and Othello and on Broadway in Camelot (1960) and Hamlet (1964). His two tempestuous marriages to Elizabeth TaylorTaylor, Elizabeth,
1932–2011, Anglo-American film actress, b. London. Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful women, Taylor went from child star and typical teenager roles to a series of ladylike roles and finally to playing worldly, sometimes shrewish women.
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 led to an acting partnership that vaulted Burton to the top rank of stardom. Together, they made Cleopatra (1963), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). He chose his later roles less carefully, though he displayed undiminished power in such vehicles as Equus (1977), Wagner (1982), and 1984 (1984). In 1983 on Broadway he teamed again with Taylor in Noel CowardCoward, Noël
(Sir Noël Pierce Coward) , 1899–1973, English playwright, actor, composer, and director, b. Teddington, England. Coward first gained wide prominence in 1924 acting in his The Vortex.
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's Private Lives.

Bibliography

See C. Williams, ed., The Richard Burton Diaries (2012); biographies by M. Bragg (rev. ed., 1990) and M. Munn (2008).

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