• Richard Burton had an impressive career
  • He married his costar...twice!
  • His health declined and he died early

Richard Burton had a memorable acting career

Burton began his acting career at the age of 24 and became one of the best character actors of his time. The actor had an impressive career, appearing in over 70 films.

Some of his films, such as 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' or 'Equus', even earned Burton Oscar nominations - a total of seven!

Burton's health started declining early

While working on the set of 'Cleopatra', Burton met Elizabeth Taylor (†79), with whom he became lovers not just on screen. The two Hollywood stars were married twice!

The acting legend died of a brain hemorrhage in Geneva on Aug. 5, 1984, at just 58 years old. Although his death was unexpected, Burton's health had deteriorated over several years, suffering from constant and severe neck pain.

In 1970 he was told that his liver was enlarged and in 1981 he was diagnosed with cirrhosis and kidney disease.

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Peter Mayhew & Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (USA 1977).

Famous lines

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Shortly before his death, he made one last film. With the film adaptation of George Orwell's '1984', he wanted to continue his earlier successes, but the Hollywood star sadly died before the film was released.