Yul Brynner


Yul Brynner (born Yuliy Borisovich Briner, Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985) was a Russian-American film and stage actor. He first became widely known for his portrayal of King Mongkut 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 was known 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.

He played Ramses II in Cecil B. DeMille‘s The Ten Commandments (1956), with Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Vincent Price, among others; General Bounine in the film Anastasia (1956),with Ingrid Bergman; the gunman Chris Adams in John Sturges‘ The Magnificent Seven (1960), with Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, and Horst Buchholz; and its first sequel Return of the Seven (1966), with Robert Fuller, Julián Mateos, Warren Oates, Virgilio Teixeira, Claude Akins, Elisa Montés, and Jordan Christopher; and the android “The Gunslinger” in Westworld (1973), with Richard Benjamin and James Brolin; and its sequel Futureworld (1976), with Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Stuart Margolin, and John Ryan.

Other notable roles include Richard Brooks‘ The Brothers Karamazov (1958), with Maria Schell, Claire Bloom, Lee J. Cobb, Albert Salmi, Richard Basehart, and William Shatner; Martin Ritt‘s The Sound and the Fury (1959), with Joanne Woodward; Taras Bulba (1962), with Tony Curtis; Ronald Neame‘s Escape from Zahrain (1962), with Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Madlyn Rhue and Anthony Caruso; Morituri (1965), with Marlon Brando; Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), with Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra; Triple Cross (1966), with Christopher Plummer; The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), with Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Oskar Homolka, Richard Chamberlain, Edith Evans, Donald Pleasence, and Danny Kaye; and Fuzz (1972), with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch.

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  • Port of New York (1949) – directed by László Benedek
  • The King and I (1956) – directed by Walter Lang
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) – directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • Anastasia (1956) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • The Brothers Karamazov (1958) – directed by Richard Brooks
  • The Buccaneer (1958) – directed by Anthony Quinn
  • The Journey (1959) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • The Sound and the Fury (1959) – directed by Martin Ritt
  • Solomon and Sheba (1959) – directed by King Vidor
  • Once More, with Feeling! (1960) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • Testament of Orpheus (1960) – aka Le testament d’Orphée – directed by Jean Cocteau – uncredited cameo – France
  • Surprise Package (1960) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • The Magnificent Seven (1960) – directed by John Sturges
  • Goodbye Again (1961) – directed by Anatole Litvak – uncredited cameo
  • Escape from Zahrain (1962) – directed by Ronald Neame
  • Taras Bulba (1962) – directed by J. Lee Thompson
  • Kings of the Sun (1963) – directed by J. Lee Thompson
  • Flight from Ashiya (1964) – directed by
  • Michael Anderson
  • Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) – directed by Richard Wilson
  • Morituri (1965) – directed by Bernhard Wicki
  • Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) – directed by Melville Shavelson
  • The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) – directed by Terence Young – TV movie
  • Return of the Seven (1966) – directed by Burt Kennedy
  • Triple Cross (1966) – directed by Terence Young
  • The Double Man (1967) – directed by Franklin Schaffner
  • The Long Duel (1967) – directed by Ken Annakin
  • Villa Rides (1968) – directed by Buzz Kulik
  • The File of the Golden Goose (1969) – directed by Sam Wanamaker
  • Battle of Neretva (1969) – directed by Veljko Bulajić
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) – directed by Bryan Forbes
  • The Magic Christian (1969) – directed by Joseph McGrath – uncredited
  • Adiós, Sabata (1970) – directed by Gianfranco Parolini
  • The Light at the Edge of the World (1971) – directed by Kevin Billington
  • Romance of a Horsethief (1971) – directed by Abraham Polonsky
  • Catlow (1971) – directed by
  • Sam Wanamaker
  • Fuzz (1972) – directed by Richard A. Colla
  • Anna and the King (1973) – TV series, 13 episodes
  • Night Flight from Moscow (1973) – directed by Henri Verneuil
  • Westworld (1973) – directed by Michael Crichton
  • The Ultimate Warrior (1975) – directed by Robert Clouse
  • Futureworld (1976) – directed by Richard T. Heffron
  • Death Rage (1976) – directed by Antonio Margheriti