Richard Burton (with Elizabeth Taylor) in Cleopatra


Richard Burton (1925 - 1984)

Film DeathsEdit

  • The Robe (1953) [Marcellus Gallo]: Executed (off-screen), along with Jean Simmons, by a firing squad of archers; the movie ends with them walking out to be executed. (Their deaths were confirmed in the 1954 sequel Demetrius and the Gladiators.) (Thanks to Mac and Max)
  • Alexander the Great (1956) [Alexander]: Dies of typhoid. (Thanks to Zoran and Max)
  • Bitter Victory (1957) [Capt. Leith]: Resting up during a march across the desert, he is stung by a scorpion and becomes grievously ill. Whilst he's fighting and seemingly winning his fight against the poison, his unit is covered in a ghibli sandstorm. When he is later found dead in the sand, Christopher Lee is of the opinion that "the ghibli did for him" (Thanks to Brian).
  • Becket (1964) [Thomas Becket]: Stabbed to death with swords by four noblemen, who had interpreted Peter O'Toole's angry outburst as an order for Richard's death. (Thanks to Zoran, Max, and Eric)
  • Doctor Faustus (1967) [Doctor Faustus]: Dies after the time alotted in his Satanic contract expires, and he is taken to Hell.
  • The Klansman (The Burning Cross; KKK) (1974) [Breck Stancill]: Killed (though I don't know the details). (Thanks to Zoran)
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) [Father Lamont]: In the recut version of the movie, he is crushed to death when the house collapses as he tries to exorcise Linda Blair. (He survived in the original theatrical release) (Thanks to Max)

TV DeathsEdit

  • Wagner (1983; mini-series) [Richard Wagner]: Dies of a heart attack at the beginning of the mini-series; the rest of the series proceeds in flashback. (Thanks to Max)

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