Richard BurtonOscar Nominee
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Richard was born under the official name Jenkins, Richard Walter on November 10th, 1925. He died on August 5th, 1984 in CÃ©ligny, Geneva, Switzerland (cerebral haemorrhage). Known to his close friends as Rich, he has been a credited actor since the 1953 film The Robe.
Richard Burton was a bankable leading actor on the silver screen. He has starred in six films including the 1978 action film The Wild Geese as the character Colonel Faulkner, the 1972 biography movie The Assassination of Trotsky playing Leon Trotsky and the 1964 biography release Becket cast as Thomas Becket.
Richard has made such a successful career in supporting roles, that it actually surpasses most leading actor's careers. He has appeared in ten films including: the 1977 horror film Exorcist II: The Heretic as the character Father Philip Lamont, the 1974 crime movie Klansman playing Breck Stancill and the 1968 drama release Boom cast as Chris Flanders.
Richard Burton has earned salaries up to $1,250,000 for his acting and also participates in back end and salary points deals. His most commercially successful project to date has been the 1963 biography film Cleopatra, which brought in $58,000,000 at the box office.
Richard is a cultural icon, having been featured on the cover of at least fifty-three magazines, captured in more than eighteen pictorials, interviewed in over six publications and featured in forty-three magazine articles. He has been the subject of at least fifteen books. He has been the subject of at least four biographical films.
As an actor Richard Burton has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences on five occasions. His first nomination was for Best Actor for his portrayal of Thomas Becket in the 1964 film Becket. Richard Burton was also nominated for Best Actor for his role as Alec Leamas in the 1965 movie The Spy Who Came In from the Cold , Best Actor for his role as George in the 1966 movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Best Actor for his role as King Henry VIII in the 1969 movie Anne of the Thousand Days and Best Actor In A Leading Role for his role as Dr. Martin Dysart in the 1977 movie Equus .