Richard Burton was a Welsh actor.
Born in Wales, Burton initially showed a great passion for sports - particularly rugby- before turning his interests to acting. He made his first film appearance in 1949 and gained notice for his part as Prince Hal in a stage production of Henry IV. This, and the recommendation of author Daphne du Maurier, led to Hollywood, where he would meet Elizabeth Taylor, who he had a famously fiery relationship with.
Whilst still appearing on stage frequently, Burton's Hollywood star rose, particularly with The Robe in 1953. He famously appeared in the expensive flop Cleopatra, and also narrated the radio program and later film Under Milk Wood. However, his Hollywood success would often be damaged by his tumultous relationships and heavy drinking.
Towards the end of his life, Burton began to appear in fewer successes, however he nominated for an Academy Award for Equus (one of seven nominations), and his final film performance in Nineteen Eighty-Four was critically acclaimed.
Burton passed away in 1984.
Although Burton only gave one singing performance in his career, it was to be an influential one, originating the role of King Arthur in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical, Camelot.
Camelot (1962)(originated the role)
- I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight? (solo)
- Camelot (solo)
- Camelot (reprise)(solo)
- How to Handle a Woman (solo)
- The Jousts (contains solo lines)
- What Do the Simple Folk Do? (duet)
- Camelot (second reprise)(solo)