A bona fide Hollywood leading man, the Welsh-born Shakespearean was well-suited for period pictures and historical epics. yes, it's easy to now chuckle at bloated Biblical epics like Cleopatra and The Robe, but the baritone-voiced Burton always sold it. His frequent appearances in gossip columns may have prevented him from being taken seriously as an actor, or maybe he just ticked a lot of important people off. He's one of the few household names from mid-20th century movies to not even have an honorary statue.
Nominations: Six for Best Actor (The Robe, Becket, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Anne of the Thousand Days) and one for Best Supporting Actor (My Cousin Rachel).
Should Have Won For: The Night of The Iguana
Maybe This Is All Punishment For: Exorcist II: The Heretic.