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Born Nov. 10, 1925, in Pontrhydfen, Wales, distinctive-voiced thespian Richard Burton was the son of a coal miner. Inspired by a teacher to take up acting, Burton first appeared on stage in 1943; he caught Hollywood's attention with his performance in the 1950 Broadway production of "The Lady's Not for Burning."

Burton landed the lead in My Cousin Rachel (1952) and received the first of seven Oscar nods for his work. Burton turned in a knockout portrayal in 1958's Look Back in Anger, and in 1963 he starred in Cleopatra -- a part that launched him to superstardom thanks to his tumultuous off-screen romance with co-star Elizabeth Taylor. Subsequently married and divorced twice, the duo teamed on several films, most notably Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Oscar-nominated for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Equus (1977), Burton died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 5, 1984.

Richard Burton in Becket

Becket

1964 PG-13

When King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) names his former drinking partner Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton) the new Archbishop of Canterbury, he counts on his friend's unbending loyalty when it comes to religious matters. But he doesn't expect Becket to take his job so seriously. O'Toole, Burton and co-star John Gielgud turn in a trio of Oscar-nominated performances in this critically acclaimed drama rooted deep in English history.

  • Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came In from the Cold The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
  • Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Richard Burton in The Night of the Iguana The Night of the Iguana
  • Richard Burton in Cleopatra Cleopatra
  • Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare Where Eagles Dare
  • Richard Burton in The Sandpiper The Sandpiper
  • Richard Burton in The Comedians The Comedians
  • Richard Burton in The Robe The Robe
  • Richard Burton in Bluebeard Bluebeard
  • Richard Burton in The Exorcist 2: The Heretic The Exorcist 2: The Heretic
  • Richard Burton in Equus Equus
  • Richard Burton in Alexander the Great Alexander the Great
  • Richard Burton in Sea Wife Sea Wife
  • Richard Burton in Bitter Victory Bitter Victory
  • Richard Burton in The V.I.P.s The V.I.P.s
  • Richard Burton in The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew
  • Richard Burton in Doctor Faustus Doctor Faustus
  • Richard Burton in Anne of the Thousand Days Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Richard Burton in Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne
  • Richard Burton in Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
  • Richard Burton in Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood
  • Richard Burton in Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood
  • Richard Burton in The Klansman The Klansman
  • Richard Burton in We All Fall Down We All Fall Down