Richard Burton
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"Richard Burton", Commander of the Order of the British Empire/CBE was a Welsh people/Welsh stage and cinema actor noted for his mellifluous baritone voice and his great acting talent.

Establishing himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, with a Richard Burton's Hamlet/memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964, Burton was called "the natural successor to Laurence Olivier/Olivier" by critic and Dramaturge/dramaturg Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic, Burton's failure to live up to those expectations disappointed critics and colleagues and fueled his legend as a great thespian wastrel.

Burton was nominated seven times for an Academy Award without ever winning. He was a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars, and by the late 1960s was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts.

Burton remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple's turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news.

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