Academy Awards: Actors with most Oscar nominations but least wins

Richard Burton

Nominations: 7

  • Actor in a Supporting Role – 1953 – “My Cousin Rachel”
  • Actor – 1954 – “The Robe”
  • Actor – 1965 – “Becket”
  • Actor – 1966 – “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold”
  • Actor – 1967 – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Actor – 1970 – “Anne of the Thousand Days”
  • Actor in a Leading Role – 1978 – “Equus”

Classic literature provided much solace for Richard Burton during his rough start in Wales, and is what eventually propelled him into fame and fortune. Burton became known as one of the world’s foremost Shakespearean interpreters, a skill set that informed his work in other films like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” His reputation as a dramatic actor was matched only by his notoriously stormy marriages to Elizabeth Taylor.

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