05 August-Richard Burton

Richard Burton was an acclaimed stage and screen actor who was a native of Wales. He was nominated for an Oscar on seven occasions and was the winner of Golden Globe and Tony Awards for best actor. Burton was married on five occasions, twice to the actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydfen, Wales on November 10th 1925. His mother died when he was two years and Burton was raised by his older sister. He was awarded a scholarship to attend Oxford University and served in the British Airforce during World War II.

On stage Burton gained acclaim as a Shakespearean actor. He made his film debut in 1949 and became famous for his roles in films such as ‘The Spy who Came in From the Cold’ (1965) and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ (1966).

Richard Burton, acclaimed stage and screen actor, who was a native of Wales died in Switzerland in the year 1984 On This Day.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor



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