Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.
1925 - Richard Walter Jenkins Jr., born on the 10th of November in Pontrhydfen, Neath and Port Talbot, SC Wales, UK. The 12th child (possibly grandchild) of a coalminer, Richard Jenkins, he was brought up in his sister's house after his mother's death. He was befriended by his English teacher, Philip H Burton, who encouraged his acting and study of English, and eventually adopted him.
1943 - He went to Oxford, and changed his name to Burton.
1948 - He acted in Liverpool and Oxford, served in the RAF, and returned to the stage, when he made his film debut.
1949 - He made his stage reputation in Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning,
1951 - He had a triumphant season at Stratford.
1952 - 1953 - His early Hollywood films include My Cousin Rachel and The Robe for which he received one of his six Oscar nominations.
1953 - 1956 - He acted in Shakespearean productions at the London Old Vic.
1954 - He was the narrator in the famous radio production of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood.
1962 - His romance with Elizabeth Taylor during the making of Cleopatra.
1964 - 1974 - Eventual marriage with Elizabeth Taylor projected them both into the ‘superstar’ category.
1964 - He gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in John Gielgud's Broadway production of that play.
- Starred in another film Becket
1975 - His remarriage to Elizabeth Taylor.
1977 - 1984 - Equus released after his death.
1984 - Died on the 5th of August in Celigny, Geneva, Switzerland due to Cerebral Hemorrhage and was buried at Protestant Churchyard, Celigny, Switzerland.
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