Yul Brynner (Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер, Yuliy Borisovich Briner; July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985) was a Russian-born United States-based actor of stage and film. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for the film version; he played the role 4,625 times on stage. He is also remembered as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster The Ten Commandments, General Bounine in the 1956 film Anastasia and Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven. Brynner was noted for his distinctive voice and for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it in 1951 for his role in The King and I. Earlier, he was a model and television director, and later a photographer and the author of two books.
(taped message in January 1985, after he died of lung cancer) 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.
(Message recorded in January 1985, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer) 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.
Girls have an unfair advantage over boys: If they can't get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|Shall We Dance?||1,094,026|
|So Big a World||1,251,096|
|The line of fate / Узор судьбы||1,424,752|
|Song of the King||1,317,044|
|Prayer To Buddah||1,317,046|
|The Shawl / Шаленочка||1,424,734|
|Full Name at Birth||Yuliy Borisovich Brynner|
|Age||65 (age at death)|
|Date of Birth||July 11, 1920|
|Date of Death||October 10, 1985|
|Location of Death||New York City, New York, USA|
|Cause of Death||Lung Cancer|
|Height||5' 10" (178 cm)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Light|
|Hair Color||Brown - Dark|
|Occupation||Actor, director, model, photographer|
|Claim to Fame||The King and I|
|Other Family Members||Rock Brynner (son)|
|Friends||Jean-Pierre Aumont, Marlon Brando|