Many know Bill Burr as an actor and a consistently hilarious comedian. Still, not everyone knows his brother, Robert Burr, who also had a share in the theater, film, and entertainment industry.
In this post, we will not talk about the famous Bill Burr but about his brother, Robert Burr on how he started his acting career from being a boxer to a Shakespeare interpreter.
Let’s find out his career highlights, family, and death.
Robert Edward Burr was born on March 5, 1992, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Not much is known about his family due to his private nature.
After high school graduation, Robert received a boxing scholarship to Colgate University.
He was a top-rated amateur boxer at the time but decided not to pursue his career in boxing after college.
The Rise to Fame of Robert Burr
Giving up his boxing career, he tried his hand at acting. After World War II, he began his acting career and eventually did his first project in The Cradle Will Rock.
In this 1951 film, he played the role of a chorus member.
However, his career was sidetracked as he was a Marine pilot in the Korean War and left to fly helicopters. Luckily, this veteran actor survived three crash landings.
After returning to his city, he then starred in supporting roles in Shakespeare plays. He became a citizen in Romeo and Juliet at the Broadhurst Theatre in the early 1950s.
Finally, he became a servant at Orson’s Welles’ King Lear at the City Center.
Robert’s career skyrocketed when he played Hamlet, a lead character with Richard Burton, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. This was a second time at the Delacorte Theater in Central park.
This performance gained him a standing ovation. Richard told the audience that it was Robert’s most challenging task in acting.
Indeed Robert is a hard-working man because he does not only do acting but also works in a frozen food factory to support himself and his family.
After Alfred Ryder got laryngitis, he stepped down from the Hamlet role in Central Park. However, after just three hours of rehearsal, he took over the role and killed it.
This performance helped Robert earn a great reputation, and Mr. Papp gave him the title role in “Coriolanus.”
The New York Times even called Robert “a performer of virile power and smashing intensity.”
Throughout his career, Robert has made a long list of credits in classical and contemporary projects since his career. A few of these include:
- The Royal Hunt of the Sun
- The Wars of the Roses
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
- King John
- Henry IV
- Titus Andronicus
Aside from these plays, Robert also had a fair share of appearing in television and film projects. One is with Shirley MacLaine in Possession of Joel Delaney in 1972.
Robert also shifted his focus to the entertainment industry and made a career in film. He appeared in the 1975 Bogard and 1976 The Black Street Fighter. Aside from that, he also made an appearance in the thriller film, Tattoo with Bruce Dern.
Some of Robert’s most recent roles before he passed away was with the horror flick Ghost Story by Fred Astaire. He also appeared with Michaeil Moriarty in the comedy sequel, A Return to Salem’s Lot, and in the 1992 Netherworld.
In 1992, Robert appeared in the comedy adventure, Out on a Limb by Matthew Broderick, and his most recent was in the project, Two, from 1996 to 1997.
Like other actors, most went through many hardships before becoming successful in the field.
Robert also struggled to become one of the prominent actors both on-screen and in Broadway productions.
His net worth is still unknown, but for sure, his wife and children have his shares as he left the world.
Robert Burr and Jaqueline Briton
Robert is a married man, a husband to his wife, Jaqueline Briton.
The couple has been married since 2000, but Robert and Jaqueline did not disclose any information or details about their love story, dating history, and wedding ceremony to the public.
Looking at their relationship and marriage, it seems the duo has been together for quite a long time before getting married.
Jaqueline Briton, the widow of Robert Burr, is an actress and director.
As an actress, she is well-known for her role in A Return to Salem’s Lot in 1987. She also had a brief role in Living ’til the End as Madame Futura.
As of this moment, no one knows her current occupation or what she is doing right now. But currently, she is living in Los Angeles with her children.
Robert and Jaqueline have five children, two of them are sons, and the rest are daughters.
The couple’s sons’ names are Robert Jr., and Britt, while the girls are Juliet, Elizabeth, and Laura.
Like Robert, his son Robert Jr. became an actor, following in his footsteps. His son also played some Shakespeare dramas with him.
Robert Jr. once played in the theater play Coriolanus as the main character’s son.
Robert Burr’s Brother: Bill Burr
Bill Burr is a well-known comedian and one of the most successful actors.
Many fans loved Bill’s hilarious jokes and have been very passionate about his career.
Bill is known for the role of Patrick Kuby in the hit crime drama series, Breaking Bad.
Like Robert, Bill is also married. Bill’s wife is Nia Renee Hill, and they have a daughter named Lola Burr.
Robert Burr’s Death
One of the American interpreters of Shakespeare, Robert Burr, died at the age of 78 on May 13, 2000, at his Los Angeles home.
The sad news was confirmed by his son, Robert Jr., stating that his father died of Emphysema.
Emphysema is a lung condition that causes difficulty or shortness of breath.
Robert left his wife, Jacqueline, with his five children.