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Richard Burton to get Walk of Fame star

Apparently Barry White will also get a posthumous star as well

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Welsh actor Richard Burton is to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Campaigners hoping to achieve the honour for the miner's son from Pontrhydyfen, near Port Talbot, received the news on Wednesday.

They must now raise around £28,000 in five years to put the star in place and maintain it.

Martin Scorsese recently announced he will direct a film about Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship.

One or two posthumous stars are usually accepted from nominations each year, with about 24 honoured in total.

Burton, who died aged 58 in 1984, received seven Oscar nominations, although he failed to win any.

His turbulent love affair with Taylor, who died earlier this year, captivated the world and campaigners hope his Hollywood star can be placed near hers.

The fundraising drive was the idea of Prof Dylan Jones-Evans, director of enterprise at the University of Wales, a lifelong Burton fan.

He told BBC Wales: "I learnt of the announcement that the decision had been made via Twitter but didn't realise our application had been granted until I checked my email.

"It's fantastic news and it's great that Scorsese is directing the film because that will give the campaign added momentum.

"Normally these stars are paid for by film companies or studios hoping to promote their movie but I think it's important for Wales that we raise the money ourselves.

"It's what Richard Burton would have liked, for us to do this ourselves is important and shows national appreciation for his talent and standing."

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Would have thought he would have had one already...he was one of the best actors in his time....



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stinkymouse wrote:Would have thought he would have had one already...he was one of the best actors in his time....


Yeah, but he's British isn't he? If he'd been American, he'd have had one 40 years ago.

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He was nominated six times for an Academy Award for Best Actor and once for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – but he never won. From 1982, he and Becket co-star Peter O'Toole shared the record for the male actor with the most nominations (7) for a competitive acting Oscar without ever winning. In 2007, O'Toole was nominated for an eighth time (and subsequently lost), for Venus (however, O'Toole received an Academy Honorary Award in 2003).

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Britain should have it's own walk of fame pavement. Sodding Hollywood

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smeggypants wrote:Britain should have it's own walk of fame pavement. Sodding Hollywood


Yes, I've often thought that - perhaps we should have something more original. It's always struck me as a slightly disrespectful way of acknowledging talent, in that people walk over your name.

Britain has produced so many good actors over the years - David Niven, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, Dudley Moore, to name but a few, but because Hollywood is in the US, they never received the credit they were due.

Britain should recognise this fantastic talent, and a lasting tribute to these people is long overdue.

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For the life of me, I can't recall a single film of his that I thought great. He was a fine actor to be sure, but I couldn't name a great one.............
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I remember a few of those but no classics. Not seen the "Wagner" bio but he's definitely right for the part.

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he was brilliant as the narrator on Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth

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he was good as the narrator on jeff waynes war of the worlds too smeggy :)

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smeggypants wrote:he was brilliant as the narrator on Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth


Did he do that? I thought it was David Hemmings.......... :chin:

Ah, Burton did "War of the Worlds". Good spot, Wotty :splif:

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he sure did phil :)

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phil - did you ever see him in 'Night of the Iguana?' I think you would change your mind if you did.

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handsome bloke,fabulous voice but i don't think he was a particularly good actor. better than antony hopkins mind--bleeding sell-out.

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wotsit2 wrote:he was good as the narrator on jeff waynes war of the worlds too smeggy :)




Oh Yes he had one of the most beautiful speaking voices ever.pure liquid :thumb:



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they still use his voice at the live performances dolls :)

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Brilliant in Whose afraid of Virginia Wolf.



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tango15 wrote:phil - did you ever see him in 'Night of the Iguana?' I think you would change your mind if you did.



Saw it many moons ago, and Virginia Wolf, but not particularly memorable. I'll give em another watch when they're on. Great speaking voice, no doubt about that. Much gravitas but not particularly memorable films. Weird.

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