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Richard Burton
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    (November 10, 1925-August 5, 1984)
    Birth name was Richard Jenkins
    Appeared in films 'My Cousin Rachel (1952),' 'The Robe (1953),' 'Look Back In Anger (1958),' 'The Longest Day (1962),' 'Cleopatra (1963),' 'Hamlet (1964),' 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965),' 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966),' 'The Taming Of The Shrew (1967),' 'Where Eagles Dare (1969),' 'Raid On Rommel (1971),' 'Equus (1977),' 'The Wild Geese (1978)' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)'
    He was an alcoholic.
    He quit Oxford University after six months.
    He married and divorced Elizabeth Taylor twice.
    He always played dour, monotonous characters.
    He played Winston Churchill in 'The Gathering Storm' despite loathing Churchill.
    He admitted that he did most of his films purely for the money.
    He was nominated for seven Oscars but never won one.
    He was raised by his married sister after his mother died when he was two.
    He assumed the stage name Burton in honour of the school teacher who taught him acting.
    He put his career on hold to join the RAF in World War II.
    Despite Hollywood success, he continued to appear on stage in London's West End and Broadway.

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