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Philip Burton (theatre director) (Philip Henry Burton) was born on 30 November, 1904 in Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales, is a Teacher. Discover Philip Burton (theatre director)'s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 91 years old?

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Age 91 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born 30 November 1904
Birthday 30 November
Birthplace Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales
Date of death (1995-01-28) Haines City, Florida, United States
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Nationality United States

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Burton had become an American citizen in 1964, and in the 1970s went to live in Key West, Florida, where he continued his programme of talks and lectures, as well as taking an active part in Key West community activities. He died in Haines City, Florida on the 28 January 1995.


In 1954, the year after Dylan Thomas' death, the first British production of Under Milk Wood was performed, on BBC Radio. Richard Burton took the lead as First Voice, Philip Burton took the role of the Reverend Eli Jenkins and Sybil Williams (Richard Burton's wife) played Myfanwy Price.


He resigned from the BBC in 1952 to become a freelancer. One of his first contracts was to write the first twelve episodes of The Appleyards, the first ever soap opera on BBC television. Freelancing also gave Burton more time for return trips to America.


Philip Burton left the BBC in Wales in 1949 when he was promoted to Chief Instructor at the BBC Staff Training School in London. The following year, he was appointed to the Welsh committee of the Arts Council.


The two remained close for almost all of their lives and when Burton began working for the BBC as a producer, Richard would often lend his vocal talents. For the BBC they worked together on the radio plays The Corn is Green (1945) and The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949). Later when Burton had moved to New York, Richard called him at short notice to direct the first production of Camelot, after its original director, Moss Hart, was taken ill. The production was a huge success by the time it reached Broadway. The only time the two fell out was when Richard left his first wife, Sybil Christopher, for the actress Elizabeth Taylor; Philip Burton saw Sybil and the two children as his family. They reconciled, four years later, when Taylor approached Burton to help Richard, who was struggling in the build-up to John Gielgud's 1964 production of Hamlet. After Richard Burton's death in 1984, Taylor maintained the friendship with Burton, including visiting him in hospital during the long illness before his death.

Burton left Port Talbot Secondary school in 1945, perhaps disappointed that he was not appointed to the headship of the school. He was by now an experienced scriptwriter and actor on both the stage and the radio, and had also gained experience in radio production when he was called upon to help the ailing T. Rowland Hughes in the studio. It came as no surprise when he succeeded Hughes as a features producer within an expanding Wales Region for the BBC. In 1947 he produced Dylan Thomas' radio feature on Swansea, Return Journey. He then worked closely with Thomas on the first half of a work initially titled The Village of the Mad. The play would eventually become Thomas' much-loved play for voices, Under Milk Wood.


In 1938 Burton was awarded a scholarship by the Guild of Graduates of the University of Wales to visit America for six months to study school camps and drama, broadcasting and theatre.


Burton's first play for the BBC, Granton Street, his first feature, Margam Abbey, and his first appearance as an actor, in Antigone, were all broadcast in 1937, the last two being produced by T. Rowland Hughes, a features producer with the BBC in Cardiff. Four more programmes with Hughes came in 1938 and 1939, and then Burton continued, both as a scriptwriter and actor, to work with Hughes throughout the War years.

Burton was a prolific scriptwriter for the BBC. Between 1937 and 1953, he wrote some forty-five radio scripts, as well as fourteen scripts for television. Most of the radio scripts were written whilst he was in full-time work, either as a teacher (1937-1945) or features producer (1945-1952).


Philip Burton had a frustrated dream of being an actor, and as a teacher looked for a young protégé through whom he could achieve acting success. He found such a talent in Owen Jones, who went on to appear in films during the 1930s as well as appearing on stage in Hamlet with Laurence Olivier. Jones, an RAF pilot, died through an illness after an accident at his airbase, which left Burton heartbroken. The arrival of a new young talent, Richard Jenkins, brought Burton fresh hope. He tutored Jenkins intensively in school subjects, and also worked at developing his accent and acting voice, including outdoor voice drills which improved his projection. Jenkins called the experience "the most hardworking and painful period" in his life. Burton failed in his attempt to adopt Jenkins, but nonetheless Jenkins became his legal ward and took his surname to become Richard Burton.


Philip Henry Burton, MBE (30 November 1904 – 28 January 1995) was a Welsh teacher who became an acclaimed radio producer and theatre director. In his later life, he emigrated to the United States where he helped found the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Despite Burton's successes in many fields, it is for his role in helping Richard Burton to pursue his career as an actor, that he is best remembered.

Philip Henry Burton was born in 1904 in Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, South Wales. His father, Henry, was English, and came to Wales to work as a collier, but died in a pit accident when Burton was 14. Burton's mother, Emma Matilda, was Welsh and was a large influence in his academic achievement, as was his Maths teacher, Ted Richards. He attended Caegarw Elementary School then Mountain Ash Intermediate School. Aged just 16, Burton gained a scholarship to study at the University College of Wales, Cardiff, from where he graduated in 1925 with a double honours degree in History and Mathematics. His years in Mountain Ash and Cardiff are described in the first two chapters of his autobiography, Early Doors. Burton's first experiences as a schoolboy of performance came through the chapel and from the touring companies that played at Mountain Ash's two theatres. In Cardiff, he went frequently to the city's theatres, but took no part in the college's Dramatic Society. He played rugby for the college.