Yul Brynner

Actor, Director, Singer
Took up acting after a serious accident curtailed his career as a circus acrobat. Brynner moved to America in 1940, failed a screen test at Universal in 1947 because he looked "too oriental" and gave the first of 4,625 ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1920 in Russia

Filmography

Actor (43)

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Futureworld 1976 (Movie)

Gunslinger (Actor)

Gli Indesiderabili 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Ultimate Warrior 1974 (Movie)

Carson (Actor)

Anna and the King 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Westworld 1973 (Movie)

Gunslinger (Actor)

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

The Deaf Man (Actor)

Le Serpent 1972 (Movie)

Vlassov (Actor)

Romance of a Horse Thief 1971 (Movie)

Captain Stoloff (Actor)

The Light at the Edge of the World 1971 (Movie)

Kongre (Actor)

Adios Sabata 1970 (Movie)

Sabata (Actor)

Catlow 1970 (Movie)

Catlow (Actor)

The Battle of Neretva 1970 (Movie)

Vlado (Actor)

The File of the Golden Goose 1969 (Movie)

Peter Novak (Actor)

The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 (Movie)

The Chairman (Actor)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

Lady Singer (Actor)

Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

Pancho Villa (Actor)

The Double Man 1967 (Movie)

Dan Slater/Kalmar (Actor)

The Long Duel 1967 (Movie)

Sultan (Actor)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

Asher (Actor)

Return of the Seven 1966 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Triple Cross 1966 (Movie)

Baron von Grunen (Actor)

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

Captain Mueller (Actor)

Flight From Ashiya 1964 (Movie)

Sgt Mike Takashima (Actor)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

Jules Gaspard D'Estang (Actor)

Escape From Zahrain 1962 (Movie)

Sharif (Actor)

Kings of the Sun 1962 (Movie)

Black Eagle (Actor)

Taras Bulba 1962 (Movie)

Taras Bulba (Actor)

The Testament of Orpheus 1961 (Movie)

The Court Usher (Actor)

Once More, With Feeling 1960 (Movie)

Victor Fabian (Actor)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

Nico March (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Journey 1959 (Movie)

Major Surov (Actor)

The Sound and the Fury 1959 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Solomon and Sheba 1958 (Movie)

Solomon (Actor)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

Dmitri Karamazov (Actor)

The Buccaneer 1958 (Movie)

Jean Lafitte (Actor)

Anastasia 1956 (Movie)

Bounine (Actor)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

The King (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Rameses (Actor)

Port of New York (Movie)

Paul Vicola (Actor)
Director (1)

Life With Snarky Parker 1949 - 1950 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Took up acting after a serious accident curtailed his career as a circus acrobat. Brynner moved to America in 1940, failed a screen test at Universal in 1947 because he looked "too oriental" and gave the first of 4,625 performances (over the course of many revivals) as the King of Siam in the hit Broadway musical "The King & I" in 1951. Brynner recreated the role for the 1956 screen version, winning an Oscar as Best Actor, and subsequently began a successful starring career in filmsTrading on his unidentifiably exotic looks and somewhat imperial manner, Brynner played a succession of royals, secret agents and gunslingers, notably in "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and "Westworld" (1973).

Relationships

Kathy Lee

Wife

Melody Brynner

Daughter

Mia Brynner

Daughter

Victoria Brynner

Daughter

Rock Brynner

Son

Claire Bloom Actor

Companion
appeared together in two films in 1958 she recounted their relationship in her memoirs

Jacqueline Croisset

Wife
divorced

Marlene Dietrich Actor

Companion

Virginia Gilmore Actor

Wife
Married 1944 divorced 1960 appeared with Brynner on TV series "We're On"

Doris Kleiner

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

dropped out of Paris boarding school aged 13

studied acting with Michael Chekhov in England

Milestones

1985

Returned to Broadway in "The King & I"

1973

Played a robot in the sci-fi thriller "Westworld"

1960

Co-starred in "The Magnificent Seven"

1956

Recreated his signature role in "The King and I"; received Best Actor Oscar

1951

First production of "The King & I" (ran for 1,246 performances)

1949

American film acting debut, "Port of New York"

1947

Failed Universal screen test for looking "too Oriental"

1940

Moved to USA

1934

Joined French acting troupe

Began career as circus acrobat

Supported himself as singer and guitarist

US stage acting debut in "Twelfth Night" (with touring company)

Took up acting after serious accident

Bonus Trivia

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Mr Brynner's birthyear was variously reported as 1915, 1917, 1920 and 1922.

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Special consultant to United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees in 1960.

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Named honorary president of the International Gypsy Conference in 1977.

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