Richard Burton

1925 - 1984

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Richard Burton (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor.Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s and gave a memorable performance as Hamlet in 1964. He was called "the natural successor to Olivier" by critic Kenneth Tynan. Burton's perceived failure to live up to those expectations disappointed some critics and colleagues; his heavy drinking added to his image as a great performer who had wasted his talent. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Burton has received more than 11,318,787 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Richard Burton is the 18th most popular actor (up from 20th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 58th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Actor.

Richard Burton is most famous for being a Welsh actor and writer. He is most known for his roles in "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

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  • 75

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  • 16.38

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  • 2.43

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Richard Burton has had the most page views in the with 1,536,036 views, followed by German (132,699), and Spanish (125,566). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Macedonian (443.89%), Egyptian Arabic (377.97%), and Bosnian (348.62%)


Among actors, Richard Burton ranks 18 out of 13,578Before him are Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Marlene Dietrich, Amitabh Bachchan, Anthony Quinn, and Sarah Bernhardt. After him are Sean Connery, Bette Davis, Louis de Funès, Marlon Brando, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jackie Chan.

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Among people born in 1925, Richard Burton ranks 4Before him are Malcolm X, Margaret Thatcher, and Pol Pot. After him are Yukio Mishima, Patrice Lumumba, Gilles Deleuze, Paul Newman, Alija Izetbegović, Giorgio Napolitano, Zygmunt Bauman, and Mahathir Mohamad. Among people deceased in 1984, Richard Burton ranks 1After him are Michel Foucault, Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, Paul Dirac, François Truffaut, Mikhail Sholokhov, Johnny Weissmuller, Mohamed Naguib, Julio Cortázar, Martin Niemöller, and Alfred Kastler.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Burton ranks 48 out of 8,785Before him are John Major (1943), John Dalton (1766), Bertrand Russell (1872), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), David Ricardo (1772), and Cecil Rhodes (1853). After him are Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Thomas More (1478), and Daniel Defoe (1660).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Richard Burton ranks 3Before him are Charlie Chaplin (1889), and Anthony Hopkins (1937). After him are Sean Connery (1930), Alan Rickman (1946), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Christopher Lee (1922), Liam Neeson (1952), Ian McKellen (1939), Maggie Smith (1934), Roger Moore (1927), and Michael Caine (1933).

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