Burton landed the lead in My Cousin Rachel (1952) and received the first of seven Oscar nods for his work. Burton turned in a knockout portrayal in 1958's Look Back in Anger, and in 1963 he starred in Cleopatra -- a part that launched him to superstardom thanks to his tumultuous off-screen romance with co-star Elizabeth Taylor. Subsequently married and divorced twice, the duo teamed on several films, most notably Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
Oscar-nominated for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Equus (1977), Burton died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 5, 1984.