Yul Brynner
actor
Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner was an American stage and film actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film version; he also played the role more than 4,500 times onstage. He is also remembered as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster The Ten Commandments, General Bounine in Anastasia and Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven.
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Return of the Magnificent Seven - JustPressPlay
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Warning signs abound for Return of the Magnificent Seven (or just Return of the Seven) when you consider that Yul Brynner was the only returning member of the original cast and that the story is essentially a recap of the original but
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Victory is mine: Where Napoleon failed, our man in the rigging helps tear ... - Daily Mail
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This time, the plan is to go even further and leave her as bald as Yul Brynner in a pirate caper. Everything will then be catalogued and tested with ultrasound (to check for cracks) before it goes back. It is something of a disappointment — though
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The Magnificent Seven - JustPressPlay
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On top of that you have the unconventional choice of Yul Brynner as your Western hero with the likes of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn – great examples of American masculinity if ever there were any in that era – making up the main
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Jane Birkin Recalls Her Life as Serge Gainsbourg's Muse - Newsweek
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Serge went off in the taxi crying with little Charlotte in the basket—and Yul Brynner was with him because he was her godfather. I've never gone into why I left him. He was somebody who drank a vast amount. It started out being funny the first 10
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The Magnificent Seven Blu-ray Review - TheHDRoom
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In the process they come across two brave gunslingers, Chris (Yul Brynner) and Vin (Steve McQueen). The farmers attempt to get Chris to obtain the guns they need for them, but Chris reminds them that "...men are cheaper than guns," and thus begins the
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'Return' is mediocre, but original is 'Magnificent' - Deseret News
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The original "Seven" is a cowboy classic, of course, with Yul Brynner as a gunslinger who rounds up a crew to rescue a small Mexican farming village terrorized by bandits (led by Eli Wallach, auditioning for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly")
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Who can step into Yul's shoes? - The Northern Echo
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The amateurs are now ready to stage the show at the theatre, but need a leading man to play King Mongkut, the role made famous by the late Yul Brynner in the 1956 film version. Director Wayne Shellard said: "All the parts for the show have been filled
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Bobby Garcia tapped to direct new West End musical - Inquirer.net
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Bobby's love affair with musical theater began with “The King and I” with Yul Brynner in 1980 of London's West End. He initially didn't want to go but his mom dragged him to the theater. “From the moment the overture started playing, I was hooked and
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MGM Announces Their August Blu-ray Releases - Broadway World
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Academy Award® Winner Yul Brynner stars in the landmark Western that launched the film careers of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Tired of being ravaged by an army of marauding bandits, the residents of a small Mexican village seek
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Chavez Says Chemotherapy May Make Him as Bald as Yul Brynner - Bloomberg
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Chavez said chemotherapy may make him lose his hair “for a few months” and that he'll end up looking like the Russian-born Hollywood actor Yul Brynner, star of movies from the 1950s through the 1970s such as “The King and I” and “The Ten Commandments. ... - -
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Cowboys, aliens and the good, the bad and the ugly of the sci-fi western - Den Of Geek
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One particularly badass gun-slinging robot is played by Yul Brynner. Brynner wears almost the exact same wardrobe he wore in the classic western, The Magnificent Seven. Brynner's android in black goes after guests Richard Benjamin and James Brolin with
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DVD REVIEW: The Conqueror - Big Shiny Robot!
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In 1962 J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) brought Nikolai Gogol's Russian masterpiece Taras Bulba to the silver screen with a cast that included Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. Of course the Hollywood version of
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Armando Orsini, 88; Ran a Fashionable '60s Haunt
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Armando Orsini, a New York restaurant owner whose good looks and Continental courtliness defined the atmosphere of dolce vita that made Orsini's, on West 56th Street, a favorite hangout in the 1960s of movie stars, society people and diners willing to pay dearly to sit near them in velvety darkness, died on July 13 in Asheville, N.C. He was 88. The
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Movie Memorabilia Showcased in El Paso - KVIA El Paso
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EL PASO, Texas -- How would you like to see items worn by Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner and Anne Baxter in one of the most classic films of all time? A local museum is giving you the chance to do just that. ABC-7 was given an exclusive tour of "The Ten
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Yul Brynner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 64
    Brynner died of lung cancer on October 10, 1985, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details A few days after his death, the recorded anti-cigarette public service announcement was shown on all the major US television networks, and also in many other countries. In it, he expressed his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial after discovering how sick he was, and that his death was imminent. He then looked directly into the camera for 30 seconds and said, "Now that I'm gone, I tell you: Don’t smoke. Whatever you do, just don’t smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that." His body was buried in the grounds of the Saint-Michel-de-Bois-Aubry Orthodox monastery, near Luzé, between Tours and Poitiers in France. On September 28, 2012, a 2.4-m-tall statue was inaugurated at Yul Brynner Park, in front of the home where he was born at Aleutskaya St. No. 15 in Vladivostok, Russia. Created by local sculptor Alexei Bokiy, the monument was carved in granite from China. The grounds for the park were donated by the city of Vladivostok, which also paid additional costs. Vladivostok Mayor Igor Pushkariov, US Consul General Sylvia Curran, and Yul's son, Rock Brynner, participated in the ceremony, along with hundreds of local residents.
  • 1983
    Age 62
    In September 1983, he found a lump on his vocal cords.
    More Details Hide Details In Los Angeles, only hours before his 4,000th performance in The King and I, he received the test results. His throat was fine, but he had inoperable lung cancer. He and the national tour of the musical were forced to take a few months off while he underwent radiation therapy, which hurt his throat and made it impossible for him to sing or speak easily. The tour then resumed.
    On April 4, 1983, aged 62, Brynner married his fourth and last wife, Kathy Lee (born 1957), a 24-year-old ballerina from Ipoh, Malaysia, whom he had met in a production of The King and I. They remained married for the last two years (1983–85) of his life.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    His 1980 announcement that he would continue in the role of the King for another long tour and Broadway run, together with his affairs with female fans and his neglect of his wife and children, purportedly broke up this marriage.
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  • 1977
    Age 56
    Brynner's mother, Marousia Dimitrievna (née Blagovidova), came from the Russian intelligentsia and studied to be an actress and singer. Brynner felt a strong personal connection to the Romani people; in 1977, Yul Brynner was named honorary president of the International Romani Union, an office that he kept until his death.
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  • 1971
    Age 50
    Brynner began smoking heavily at age 12, and although his promotional photos often showed him with a cigarette in hand, he quit the habit in 1971.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 44
    Brynner, a Swiss citizen, was naturalized as a US citizen, but in June 1965, he renounced his citizenship at the US Embassy in Berne, Switzerland, for tax reasons.
    More Details Hide Details He had lost his tax exemption as an American resident abroad by working too long in the United States and would have been bankrupted by his tax and penalty debts.
  • 1961
    Age 40
    Belgian novelist and artist Monique Watteau was also romantically linked with Brynner, from 1961–67.
    More Details Hide Details His third wife, Jacqueline Thion de la Chaume (1971–1981), a French socialite, was the widow of Philippe de Croisset (son of French playwright Francis de Croisset and a publishing executive). Brynner and Jacqueline adopted two Vietnamese children: Mia (1974) and Melody (1975). The first house Brynner owned was the Manoir de Criqueboeuf, a 16th-century manor house that Jacqueline and he purchased.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    His second wife, from 1960 to 1967, Doris Kleiner, was a Chilean model whom he married on the set during shooting of The Magnificent Seven in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details They had one child, Victoria Brynner (born November 1962), whose godmother was Audrey Hepburn.
  • 1959
    Age 38
    In 1959, Brynner fathered a daughter, Lark Brynner, with Frankie Tilden, who was 20 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Lark lived with her mother and Brynner supported her financially.
  • 1956
    Age 35
    Brynner launched his mainstream film career in 1956 and quickly became a star after appearing as Rameses II in The Ten Commandments.
    More Details Hide Details The movie has become one of the top-grossing movies of all time. That year, he also starred in the film version of The King and I and Anastasia with Ingrid Bergman. He appeared in more than 40 other films over the next two decades, including the epic Solomon and Sheba (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Taras Bulba (1962), and Kings of the Sun (1963). He co-starred with Marlon Brando in Morituri (1965), Katharine Hepburn in The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), and Lee J. Cobb in a film version of The Brothers Karamazov (1958). He played the titular role of The Ultimate Warrior (1975) and starred with Barbara Bouchet in Death Rage (1976). Among his final feature film appearances were Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976). Brynner appeared in drag (as a torch singer) in an unbilled role in the Peter Sellers comedy The Magic Christian (1969).
  • 1954
    Age 33
    Brynner reprised his "Shall We Dance?" segment with Patricia Morison on the TV special General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, broadcast March 28, 1954 on all four American TV networks of the time.
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  • 1951
    Age 30
    In 1951, Brynner shaved his head for his role in The King and I. Following the huge success of the Broadway production and subsequent film, Brynner continued to shave his head for the rest of his life, though he wore a wig for certain roles.
    More Details Hide Details Brynner's shaven head was unusual at the time, and his striking appearance helped to give him an exotic appeal. Some fans shaved off their hair to imitate him, and a shaven head was often referred to as the "Yul Brynner look".
    He appeared in the original 1951 production and later touring productions, as well as a 1977 Broadway revival, a London production in 1979, and another Broadway revival in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He won Tony Awards for both the first and the last of these Broadway productions. He also appeared in the 1956 film version, for which he won an Academy Award as Best Actor and in Anna and the King, a short-lived TV version on CBS in 1972. Brynner is one of only eight people who have won both a Tony and an Academy Award for the same role. His connection to the story and the role of King Mongkut is so deep, he was mentioned in the song "One Night in Bangkok" from the 1984 musical Chess, the second act of which is set in Bangkok.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 28
    In 1949, he made his film debut in Port of New York.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, at the urging of Martin, he auditioned for Rodgers and Hammerstein's new musical in New York. He recalled that, as he was finding success as a director on television, he was reluctant to go back on the stage. Once he read the script, however, he was fascinated by the character of the King and was eager to perform in the project. His most famous role was that of King Mongkut in The King and I (4625 times on stage).
  • 1944
    Age 23
    Brynner's first marriage was to actress Virginia Gilmore in 1944, and soon after he began working as a director at the new CBS television studios, directing Studio One, among other shows.
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  • 1941
    Age 20
    Brynner’s first Broadway performance was a small part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in December 1941.
    More Details Hide Details Brynner found little acting work during the next few years, but among other acting stints, he co-starred in a 1946 production of Lute Song with Mary Martin. He also did some modeling work and was photographed nude by George Platt Lynes.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    In 1940, speaking little English, he and his mother emigrated to the United States aboard the, arriving in New York City on October 25, 1940, where his sister already lived.
    More Details Hide Details Vera, a singer, starred in The Consul on Broadway in 1950 and appeared at The Metropolitan Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and on television in the title role of Carmen. She later taught voice in New York. During World War II, Brynner worked as a French-speaking radio announcer and commentator for the US Office of War Information, broadcasting to occupied France. At the same time, he studied acting in Connecticut with the Russian teacher Michael Chekhov.
  • 1938
    Age 17
    In 1938, his mother was diagnosed with leukemia, and they briefly moved back to Harbin.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 2
    Boris Briner's work required extensive travel, and in 1923, he fell in love with an actress, Katya Kornukova, at the Moscow Art Theatre, and soon after abandoned his family.
    More Details Hide Details Yul's mother took his sister, Vera (January 17, 1916 – December 13, 1967), and him to Harbin, China, where they attended a school run by the YMCA. In 1932, fearing a war between China and Japan, she took them to Paris. Brynner played his guitar in Russian nightclubs in Paris, sometimes accompanying his sister, playing Russian and Roma songs. He trained as a trapeze acrobat and worked in a French circus troupe for five years, but after sustaining a back injury, he turned to acting.
  • 1920
    Born
    Yul Brynner was born Yuliy Borisovich Briner in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details He enjoyed telling tall tales and exaggerating his background and early life for the press, claiming that he was born "Taidje Khan" of part-Mongol parentage, on the Russian island of Sakhalin. In reality of Swiss-German and Russian descent, he was born at home in a four-story residence at 15 Aleutskaya Street, Vladivostok, in the Far Eastern Republic (present-day Primorsky Krai, Russia). He occasionally referred to himself as Julius Briner, Jules Bryner or Youl Bryner. The 1989 biography by his son, Rock Brynner, clarified some of these issues. His father, Boris Yuliyevich Briner, was a mining engineer and inventor of Swiss-German and Russian descent, whose father, Jules Briner, was a Swiss citizen who moved to Vladivostok in the 1870s and established a successful import/export company. Brynner's paternal grandmother, Natalya Yosifovna Kurkutova, was a native of Irkutsk and a Eurasian of part Buryat ancestry.
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