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|Also Known As:||Taidje Khan,Youl Bryner||Died:||October 10, 1985|
|Born:||July 11, 1920||Cause of Death:||complications from cancer|
|Birth Place:||Russia||Profession:||Cast ... actor director singer acrobat stagehand trapeze artist photographer radio commentator|
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).
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His real name was Yuli Borisovitch Bryner. He was born in Vladivostok, Primorsky province of Russia. His last citizenship was Swiss, he returned to his Swiss nationality in 1960. The name of Taidje Kahn was invented for himself, as well as his birth place and his birthdate, usually he gave different histories about himself in each interviews he gave. The names he gave when he arrived to the United States were Youl Bryner and Jules Bryner, then, he and his sister Vera added a "N" to his last name. Brynner, and modified his first name to Yul.
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