Michael York

Actor, Voice actor, Author
A classically trained British actor who honed his craft on the stage, Michael York made a smooth transition to the screen with several noted Shakespearean performances in films made by Italian director Franco ... Read more »
Born: 03/26/1942 in Buckinghamshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (137)

Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Good Witch's Family 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mill and the Cross 2011 (Movie)

Nicholas Jonghelinck (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

Prime #1 (Voice)

Chris & Don: A Love Story 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Swiadectwo 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Frederick Forsythe's Icon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

La Femme Musketeer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

Basil Exposition (Actor)

Borstal Boy 2002 (Movie)

Governor Joyce (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Little Business 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 2001 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Megiddo: Omega Code 2 2001 (Movie)

Stone Alexander (Actor)

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Monkey's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of The King (Voice)

Henry James' The Haunting of Hell House 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Basil Exposition (Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Raquel Welch 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sliders 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superman 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Naked Truth 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Omega Code 1999 (Movie)

Stone Alexander (Actor)

54 1998 (Movie)

Ambassador (Actor)

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

Hibbing Goodhue (Actor)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 (Movie)

Basil Exposition (Actor)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye America 1997 (Movie)

Senator Bladon (Actor)

Merchants of Venus 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

A Christmas Carol 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

SeaQuest 2032 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gospa 1995 (Movie)

Milan Vukovic (Actor)

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Fall From Grace 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

TekLab 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Flute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Discretion Assured 1993 (Movie)

Trevor McCabe (Actor)

Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Paintbrush 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Wide Sargasso Sea 1993 (Movie)

Paul Mason (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets of the Golden River 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Eline Vere 1991 (Movie)

Lawrence Claire (Actor)

Night of the Fox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Shadow 1991 (Movie)

Raphael Romondy (Actor)

Come See the Paradise 1990 (Movie)

Dance Hall Band Member (Actor)

Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Cop 1989 (Movie)

Karstens (Actor)

The Hunt For Stolen War Treasures... Live 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

The Theban Plays 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Phantom of Death 1988 (Movie)

Robert Domenici (Actor)

Are You My Mother? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Der Joker 1986 (Movie)

Dr Proper (Actor)

L' Aube 1986 (Movie)

Dawson (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

Alex Rodak (Actor)

The Master of Ballantrae 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Riddle of the Sands 1984 (Movie)

Charles Carruthers (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Phantom of the Opera 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Au nom de tous les Miens 1982 (Movie)

Martin Gray--Age 40 (Actor)

The Weather in the Streets 1982 (Movie)

Rollo (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Assignment 1980 (Movie)

Lyosha Petrov (Actor)

A Man Called Intrepid 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Fedora 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1977 (Movie)

Andrew Braddock (Actor)

Seven Nights in Japan 1976 (Movie)

Prince George (Actor)

The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1976 (Movie)

Beau Geste (Actor)

Conduct Unbecoming 1975 (Movie)

2nd Lieutenant Arthur Drake (Actor)

Great Expectations 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Logan's Run 1975 (Movie)

Logan (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

Count Andrenyi (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

England Made Me 1973 (Movie)

Anthony Farrant (Actor)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

Brian Roberts (Actor)

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

George Conway (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

La Poudre d'escampette 1970 (Movie)

Basil (Actor)

Something For Everyone 1970 (Movie)

Conrad Ludwig (Actor)

Alfred the Great 1969 (Movie)

Guthrum (Actor)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

Darley (Actor)

The Guru 1969 (Movie)

Tom Pickle (Actor)

Zeppelin 1969 (Movie)

Geoffrey Richter-Douglas (Actor)

Romeo & Juliet 1968 (Movie)

Tybalt (Actor)

Accident 1967 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Smashing Time 1967 (Movie)

Tom Wabe (Actor)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

Lucentio (Actor)

A Knight in Camelot (TV Show)

Actor

Crusader (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Mansions (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Planet (TV Show)

Actor

Duel of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Founding Fathers (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Cheryl Ladd (TV Show)

Narrator

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Not of This Earth (TV Show)

Actor

One Hell of a Guy (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Little Angels (TV Show)

Actor

September (TV Show)

Actor

Sword of Gideon (TV Show)

Actor

The Forsyte Saga (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Witch's Wonder (TV Show)

Actor

The Heat of the Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Show)

Actor

The Master of Ballantrae (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ripper (TV Show)

Actor

Till We Meet Again (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

True Women (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Megiddo: Omega Code 2 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Riddle of the Sands 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (1)

Home By Novogratz 1995 - 1999, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Biography

A classically trained British actor who honed his craft on the stage, Michael York made a smooth transition to the screen with several noted Shakespearean performances in films made by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Though not a leading performer, York delivered strong turns as Lucentino in "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967) and Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" (1968), before he played more seductively charming men in "Something for Everyone" (1970) and "Cabaret" (1972). While starring as D'Artagnan in "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and Logan in the sci-fi cult classic "Logan's Run" (1976), he also turned to television to play Pip in "Great Expectations" (NBC, 1974) and John the Baptist in the epic miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC, 1977). In the following decade, York joined the cast of "Knot's Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), while stepping back into guest starring spots on shows like "Babylon 5" (TNT, 1993-98) and "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-99). Though he made fewer appearances on the big screen later in his career, York was quite memorable as the affable Basil Exposition in the "Austin Power" series, starring Mike Myers. As he continued forward, York diversified his talents to include voice work for both animated projects and a host of audiobooks, which served to underscore the wide breadth of the actor's talents.

Relationships

Florence Edith May Johnson

Mother

Joseph Johnson

Father
was executive with Marks and Spencer department stores

Patricia York

Wife
married on March 27, 1968 American met while filming "Smashing Time" published "Going Strong", a book of interviews and photographs of people over the age of 75 in 1991

EDUCATION

University College, Oxford University

1964
acted with the Dramatic Society

Milestones

2005

Published a memoir about his adventures in Filmmaking in 21st century Russia entitled "Are My Blinkers Showing?"

2002

Reprised the role of Basil in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"

2001

Reprised role in the sequel, "Megiddo: Omega Code 2"

2000

Essayed the tough head of a reform school in "Borstal Boy"

1999

Had lead role of a mysterious professor who attempts to assist a troubled young man in "Henry James' The Haunting of Hell House"; released on video before airing on Cinemax

1999

Reprised Basil in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

1999

Played media mogul Stone Alexander in the religious-themed "The Omega Man"

1998

Portrayed King Arthur in the ABC movie "A Knight in Camelot"

1997

Portrayed Basil Exposition, the head of British intelligence in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"

1996

Acted in "Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'" (NBC)

1995

Essayed Merlin in "A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

1994

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Fall From Grace"

1993

Played Rachel Ward's husband in "Wide Sargasso Sea"

1991

Returned to the Broadway stage in a production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

1990

Played dual roles in the syndicated "The Night of the Fox"

1989

Essayed King Charles II in "The Lady and the Highwayman" (CBS)

1987

Played a regular role on the CBS primetime soap opera "Knots Landing'

1986

Earned Daytime Emmy nomination as a music video producer who discovers his wife may not be deceased but may be a homeless woman in "Are You My Mother?", an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1984

Had leading role in the CBS movie "The Master of Ballantrae"

1983

Cast as an opera producer in love with a singer in the CBS version of "The Phantom of the Opera"

1983

Acted in the BBC film "The Weather in the Streets"

1982

US musical theater debut, "The Little Prince and the Aviator"; show closed in previews in NYC

1979

Succeeded Richard Gere in the lead role of Max in the Broadway production of "Bent"

1979

First film as producer (associate), "The Riddle of the Sands" (also actor); released in USA 1984

1977

Played John the Baptist in the NBC biblical miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"

1976

Had lead role in the sci-fi thriller "Logan's Run"

1974

Acted in the all-star ensemble of "Murder on the Orient Express"

1974

Portrayed Pip in the NBC version of "Great Expectations"

1973

Played D'Artagnan in "The Three Musketeers", Richard Lester's romp based on the Dumas' classic

1973

Had supporting role in the film musical "Lost Horizon"

1973

Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' short-lived play "Outcry"

1973

Gave a strong performance as a Brit traveling in Nazi Germany in the underrated "England Made Me"

1972

Essayed the role of Brian Roberts, the stand-in for author Christopher Isherwood, in Bob Fosse's film adaptation of "Cabaret"

1969

Delivered a fine turn as an amoral bisexual in "Something for Everyone", stage director Harold Prince's first feature film

1968

Cast as Tybalt in Zeffirelli's film version of "Romeo and Juliet"

1967

Film acting debut in "The Taming of the Shrew", directed by Zeffirelli

1966

TV acting debut as Young Jolyon in the BBC production of "The Forsyte Saga"

1965

Joined The National Theatre in London (January)

1965

Acted in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the National Theatre

1964

Became member of Dundee Repertory Theatre in Scotland; stage debut there as Sergius in "Arms and the Man"; adopted stage name of Michael York

1959

London stage debut, a one-line role in a production of "Hamlet"

1956

While in teens, worked with semi-professional Bromley Little Theatre Company; appeared in "The Yellow Jacket"

At age three, broke nose when he jumped off the roof of a coal house trying to fly

Raised in Burgess Hill, a suburb of London and Brighton

Had recurring role on the AMC original series "The Lot", portraying an Errol Flynn-like actor; earned Emmy nomination for guest performance

Reportedly turned down the male lead in the film version of "Love Story"

Toured Italy with the Youth Theater in a production of "Julius Caesar"

Bonus Trivia

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Made a Chevalier de L'Ordre National des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1995.

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Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1996.

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"I've always learned by doing. Of course, it's another way of life. But you always think of the end result. It's a question of temperament. For some people the theater is an absolute grind. You rehearse and then you do it. You do it and you do it and you do it. Whereas [in films and TV] the great thing is every moment is a new adventure. Something new is always happening. Film has this organic life. You have a script, but once you put director, actors, script, and setting together you get a chemical reaction. You come out with maybe something you weren't anticipating at the beginning, which is always exciting."---Michael York quoted in Cinefanstastique, April 1997.

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"That's the wonderful thing, when one keeps adding pearls to the crown right up to the end. And that's what I love about this profession."---York quoted in Venice, November 2005.

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