Richard Burton was a Welsh actor who had established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s with his mellifluous baritone voice. He has been nominated for the 'Academy Award' seven times throughout his career for successful movies such as 'My Cousin Rachel' (1952), 'The Robe' (1953), 'Becket' (1964), 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' (1965), 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (1966), 'Anne of the Thousand Days' (1969) and 'Equus' (1977). While he never won an 'Oscar', these films earned him two 'BAFTA Awards' and two 'Golden Globes Awards' amongst many nominations.
Following a successful theatre career, he made his film debut as Gareth in the British drama film 'The Last Days of Dolwyn' (1949), for which he received positive reviews. His early filmography consisted of small roles in films like 'Now Barabbas' (1949), 'The Woman with No Name' (1950) and 'Waterfront' (1950). Some of his early films such as 'Prince of Players' (1955), 'The Rains of Ranchipur' (1955) and 'Alexander the Great' (1956) were critical and commercial failures. However, he revived his career with 'Look Back in Anger' (1959) and had a successful collaboration with Elizabeth Taylor in 11 movies starting with 'Cleopatra' (1963).
Richard Burton Awards
|Equus||Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||1978|
|My Cousin Rachel||Most Promising Newcomer - Male||1953|
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Best British Actor||1967|
|The Spy Who Came in from the Cold||Best British Actor||1967|
|Winner||Best Recording for Children||1976|