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Filmography

1949

The Last Days of Dolwyn  

 

1950

Waterfront    

The Woman With No Name

 

1951

Green Grow the Rushes

 

1953

My Cousin Rachel

The Desert Rats

The Robe

Thursday’s Children

 

1954

Demetrius and the Gladiators

 

1955

Prince of Players

The Rains of Ranchipur

 

1956

Alexander the Great

 

1957

Sea Wife

 

1958

Bitter Victory

 

1959

Look Back in Anger

 

1960

Ice Palace

The Bramble Bush

 

1961

A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Narrator

 

1962

The Longest Day

 

1963

 The V.I.P.s

 Cleopatra

 

1964

The Night of the Iguana

Hamlet

Becket

Zulu

 

1965

The Sandpiper

What’s New Pussycat?

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

 

1966

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

1967

The Taming of the Shrew

The Comedians

 

1968

Boom!

Candy

Doctor Faustus

 

1969

Anne of the Thousand Days

Where Eagles Dare

Staircase

 

1971

Under Milk Wood

Raid on Rommel

Villain

 

1972

Hammersmith Is Out

The Assassination Of Trotsky

Bluebeard

 

1973

Massacre in Rome

Sutjeska

 

1974

Brief Encounter  

The Gathering Storm

The Klansman

The Voyage

 

1976

Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry as Recitation.

 

1977

Equus

Exorcist II: The Heretic

 

1978

The Medusa Touch 

The Wild Geese

 

1979

Lovespell

Teil Steiner – Das Eiserne Kreuz 2

 

1981

Circle of Two

 

 

1984

1984

Absolution

Awards

He was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

1953 Best Actor in a Supporting Role for My Cousin Rachel

1954  Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Robe

1965 Best Actor in a Leading Role for Becket 

1966 Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

1967 Best Actor in a Leading Role for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1970 Best Actor in a Leading Role for Anne of the Thousand Days

1978 Best Actor in a Leading Role for Equus

 

 

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself. ~ Richard Burton
 

Richard Burton: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

Biographies, Actors

The man who would become actor Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins on November 10, 1925 in Pontrhydfen, South Wales. Jenkins, the twelfth child of an impoverished coal miner, lost his mother when he was two years old. He would be taken under the wing of Philip Burton, a teacher who became the boy’s guardian and introduced him to the world of theater.

Jenkins took the Burton surname and made his London acting debut as a Welsh youngster in the play The Druid’s Rest. Burton earned a scholarship to attend Oxford University and later joined the British air force during war time.

After leaving the military in 1947, he continued his stage work appearing in The Lady’s Not for Burning with Sir John Gielgud. Burton then made his film debut in 1949 with the production The Last Days of Dolwyn. The same year he wed actress Sybil Williams; the couple would have two daughters.

Burton went on to work in more than 40 films. He entered into a contract with Fox studios after Dolwyn, and starred in My Cousin Rachel (1952), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination, in this case for supporting actor. The 1953 biblical story The Robe followed, for which he received an Oscar nod for best actor. He also had the title role in the epic Alexander the Great (1956) and the British protest film Look Back in Anger (1959).

Burton had continued his stage performances during this period as well, working with the Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare companies in Britain and earning acclaim for his work on Broadw