British actor, Richard Burton

Richard Burton

British actor (1925–1984) | The Robe (1953), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Welsh leading actor whose dark, brooding good looks did not bring him immediate film success either in Britain or Hollywood

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Burton’s 1963 marriage to Elizabeth Taylor helped him climb to the crest of stardom, as did their subsequent divorces and reunions. High living and a kind of contempt for his work kept him from the heights of both serious achievement and popular acclaim.

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Waterfront (1950)
Ben Satterthwaite
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Philip Ashley
The Robe (1953)
Marcellus Gallio
The Desert Rats (1953)
Capt ‘Tammy’ MacRoberts
Bitter Victory (1957)
Capt Leith
Look Back in Anger (1959)
Jimmy Porter
Cleopatra (1963)
Mark Antony
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Alec Leamas
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Petruchio
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Maj Smith
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
King Henry VIII
Villain (1971)
Vic Dakin
Raid on Rommel (1971)
Foster
Massacre in Rome (1973)
Lt Col Herbert Kappler
Brief Encounter (1974)
Alec Harvey
The Wild Geese (1978)
Col Allen Faulkner
The Medusa Touch (1978)
Morlar
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Personal Details

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Died
British actress, Elizabeth Taylor
Wife  m. 1964–1974 (divorced)
British actress, Elizabeth Taylor
Wife  m. 1975–1976 (divorced)
Jean Simmons, British actress, wears a lacy top and a pearl necklace as she poses for a 1950s publicity photo
Significant Romance

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