It was in the early 1950's with roles in movies such as My Cousin Rachel, The Robe and Alexander The Great that Richard Burton started getting recognised. Long before, the great Richard Burton received a scholarship from the prestigious Oxford University to study acting and made his first appearance on stage in the early 40's.
Not only was Richard an incredibly talented actor in the silver screen pictures, he dominated the stage in productions of Hamlet, Henry V, Othello, The Tempest, Coriolanus and numerous others.
Burton is quoted as saying "home is where the books are" as he was an avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading.
What is most impressive about Richard is that he took the time to thoroughly understand each of the character's emotions, immersing himself in their situations, grasping their ideas, growing as a part of who the character is and becoming one with them. Unfortunately, there are some of us who were not able to witness the intensity of his raw acting talents on stage. However, to watch all of this unfold on screen is just as remarkable of an experience. And, since we are able to rewind, we can intently study the depth within his eyes over and over again for years to come.