Richard Burton Wiki, Age, Bio, Height, Husband, Career, Net Worth

Richard Burton

Richard Burton was a Welsh actor who acted in a number of movies. Richard Burton also received seven Academy Award nominations for films such as The Robe, Becket, and Equus.

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Richard Walter Jenkins Jr, better known as Richard Burton, was born in Pontrhydyfen, Neath Port, Talbot, Wales on November 10, 1925. He was 58 years old when he died, and he was a Welsh citizen. He was born under the sign of Scorpio. He was the son of Richard Walter Jenkins (father) and Edith Maude Jenkins (mother) (mother). His father was a coal miner who was an alcoholic and gambler. His mother, however, died when he was only two years old. When it comes to his siblings, he has 11 in total. His sister Cecilia and her husband Elfed also looked after him and his siblings.

He was a grammar school student who spoke English, Welsh, and played rugby. He participated in and excelled at the theater at school. He won an Eisteddfod prize for dramatic quality for his performance in ‘The Apple Cart,’ one of the school’s plays. He did, however, drop out of school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 18, he was admitted to Exeter College, Oxford.

He died of an intracerebral hemorrhage on 5 August 1984, at the age of 58, at his home in Céligny, Switzerland, where he was later buried. His health had been deteriorating for some years, and he had been suffering from excruciating neck discomfort. His liver had been enlarged since March 1970, and in April 1981, cirrhosis and renal damage were diagnosed.

Richard Burton’s Height, Weight & Body Measurement

He stood 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 72 kg, and had dark brown hair and green eyes. Aside from that, there is no additional information available about Burton’s other body measurements.

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Richard Burton’s Profession & Career

He worked for the local Co-operative Committee during the war and later joined the Air Training Corps’ Port Talbot Squadron. Meanwhile, he joined a juvenile theatre organization and learned the fundamentals of acting. His teacher, who was also an Air Training Corps member, adopted him, became his guardian, and returned him to school. He collaborated with him and encouraged him to try his hand at it. Furthermore, after six months at Exeter, he returned to the military as an air force cadet. He then served as a navigator in the Royal Air Force for nearly three years. However, due to his bad eyesight, he was unable to pursue a career as a pilot.

Career as an actor

In 1947, he quit the military and began his theatrical career by signing up with a theatrical agency. He also directed his first feature picture, ‘The Last Days of Dolwyn,’ which got critical acclaim.
From 1948 through 1950, he worked in both film and theater. He also appeared in the West End production ‘The Lady’s Not For Burning,’ as well as films including ‘Now Barabbas Was A Robber,’ ‘Waterfront,’ ‘The Woman With No Name,’ and ‘Green Grow the Rushes.’ He rose to prominence in 1951 after a successful performance in “Henry IV Part I” at Stratford. In the film, he also played Prince Hal opposite Anthony Quayle. After signing a 5-year contract with Alexander Korda, he made his Hollywood debut in 1952, opposite Olivia de Havilland in ‘My Cousin Rachel.’

Korda loaned him to 20th Century Fox for this project, and James Mason starred in the 1953 film ‘Desert Rats.’ In addition, he portrayed a young English captain during World War II. Furthermore, following the film, he became good friends with Mason, who introduced him to the Hollywood crowd. Around the same period, his film ‘The Robe’ was released. The picture was well-received by audiences, and it was one of the first CinemaScope films released. In 1954, he rose to prominence by narrating Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” on the radio, and both critics and audience members admired his voice and oration. Later in his career, he narrated the film ‘The Valiant Years.’ Between 1955 and 1957, his films included ‘Prince of Players,’ ‘Alexander the Great,’ ‘The Rains of Ranchipur,’ and ‘Sea Wife.’

Additional Professional Works

None of these films did well in theaters, and he received a lot of flak for them. In 1958, he starred in Tony Richardson’s film adaptation of John Osborne’s play ‘Look Back in Anger.’ It was a box office flop, as were his subsequent pictures, ‘The Bramble Bush’ and ‘Ice Palace.’

From 1955 through 1960, he worked in theater and on Broadway in addition to the film. He also played the legendary roles of ‘Coriolanus,’ ‘Lago,’ and ‘Othello’ at the Old Vic theater. He also appeared in musicals such as “Time Remembered,” “Camelot,” and “My Fair Lady.” In 1963, he directed ‘Cleopatra,’ a 20th Century-Fox movie that was the most expensive picture ever made at the time. He became a success story once more in Hollywood. In addition, he appeared in the film ‘The VIPs.’ In 1964, he played Hamlet on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Furthermore, at 136 performances, it is Broadway’s longest-running theatre. In addition, he received a Tony Award for his excellent performance in Hamlet.

Other Professional Works

The Night of the Iguana is based on Tennessee Williams’ drama of the same name, which was first performed in 1964. He also appeared in ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ during the same period. In 1965, he co-starred in “The Sandpiper” with his new second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The next year, they collaborated on ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ a film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play. Between 1967 and 1969, he acted in films such as ‘The Taming of the Shew,’ ‘The Comedians,’ ‘Boom!,’ ‘Doctor Faustus,’ and ‘Staircase.’ He also contributed to significant feature pictures such as Clint Eastwood’s “Where Eagles Dare” and “Anne of the Thousand Days.”

From 1972 through 1977, he appeared in average films such as ‘Bluebeard,’ ‘Hammersmith Is Out,’ ‘The Klansman,’ ‘Exorcist II The Heretic,’ and others for financial considerations. He also made a cinematic adaptation of his Broadway play ‘Equus.’ Jeff Wayne narrated the musical adaption of ‘The War of the Worlds.’ He also directed films such as ‘The Wild Geese,’ which was a worldwide box office success, and ‘The Medusa Touch,’ which received great reviews.
He performed in films such as ‘Circle of Two,’ ‘Wagner,’ ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ and others between 1980 and 1984. He also appeared in the American miniseries “Ellis Island.” It was his final appearance on television.


He received numerous honors and nominations for his work in film, Broadway, and television. He received two Golden Globe nominations for his flicks ‘My Cousin Rachel’ and ‘Equus.’ He also received a BAFTA for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ He got two Tony Awards–one for the musical ‘Camelot’ and the other for his epic theatrical performances–for his huge theatrical performances. He also won a Grammy for Best Children’s Recording for ‘The Little Prince.’

Richard Burton’s Income & Net Worth

As an actor and a former military member, he had made a good living in his work. Furthermore, at the time of his death, his net worth was believed to be around $4.58 million.

Richard Burton’s Wife, Marriage & Relationship

In terms of his marital history, he has married five times, twice with Talyor. From 1949 to 1963, he was married to Sybil Williams, with whom he had two daughters, Kate and Jessica Burton. In 1964, he married his co-star Elizabeth Taylor. They married twice, once in Montreal, Canada, and again in Botswana. Their relationship was frequently discussed in the media.

In 1976, shortly after his divorce from Elizabeth Taylor, he married model Suzy Miller (who had previously married Formula One Champion James Hunt), but they divorced six years later. From 1983 until his death, he was married to make-up artist Sally Hay. He relocated to Switzerland with her to avoid the hefty taxes.

Richard Burton’s Social Media(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Richard Burton is no more with us. Due to it, he is not active on social networks such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Quicks Facts

Full NameRichard Burton
Born Date10 Nov 1925
Age96 years old
Lucky Number2
Lucky StoneGarnet
Lucky ColorPurple
Best Match for MarriageCapricorn, Cancer, Pisces
Death DateAugust 5, 1984
ProfessionActor, Former militarily person
Height5 feet 10 inches (1.78m)
Weight72 Kg
Marital Statusmarried
WifeSally Hay
DivorceElizabeth Taylor
Net Worth$4.58 million
Eye Colorgreen
Hair ColorDark brown
Birth PlacePontrhydyfen,
EducationExeter College, Oxford
FatherRichard Walter Jenkins
MotherEdith Maude
IMDBRichard Burton IMDB
WikiRichard Burton Wiki