Yul Brynner


Actor
Yul Brynner

About

Also Known As
Taidje Khan, Youl Bryner
Birth Place
Russia
Born
July 11, 1920
Died
October 10, 1985
Cause of Death
Complications From Cancer

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 vers...

Photos & Videos

The Brothers Karamazov - Publicity Art
The Magnificent Seven - Lobby Cards
The Journey - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Virginia Gilmore
Wife
Actor. Married in 1944; divorced.
Claire Bloom
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in two films in 1958; she recounted their relationship in her memoirs.
Doris Kleiner
Wife
Divorced.
Jacqueline de Croisset
Wife
Divorced.

Bibliography

"Yul Brynner: Photographer"
Victoria Brynner (1996)

Notes

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

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

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Gli Indesiderabili (1976)
It's Showtime (1976)
Himself
Futureworld (1976)
The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
Westworld (1973)
Le Serpent (1973)
Fuzz (1972)
The deaf man
Romance of a Horsethief (1971)
Capt. Nicholai Stoloff
The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)
[Jonathan] Kongre
The Battle of Neretva (1971)
Vlado
Catlow (1971)
[Jedidiah] Catlow
Adios, Sabata (1971)
Sabata
The Magic Christian (1970)
Lady singer
The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
The Chairman
The File of the Golden Goose (1969)
Peter Novak
Villa Rides (1968)
Villa
The Double Man (1968)
Dan Slater/Kalmar
The Long Duel (1967)
Sultan
Triple Cross (1967)
Baron von Grunen
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Comdr. Asher Gonen
Return of the Seven (1966)
Chris
Morituri (1965)
Captain Mueller
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing
Flight From Ashiya (1964)
Sgt. Mike Takashima
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Black Eagle
Testament of Orpheus (1962)
Doorman
Taras Bulba (1962)
Taras Bulba
Escape from Zahrain (1962)
Sharif
Once More, With Feeling! (1960)
Victor Fabian
Surprise Package (1960)
Nico March
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Chris
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Jason
The Buccaneer (1959)
Jean Lafitte
The Journey (1959)
Major Surov
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Solomon
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Dmitri Karamazov
Anastasia (1956)
Gen. Bounine
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Rameses [II]
The King and I (1956)
King Mongkut of Siam
Port of New York (1949)
Paul Vicola

Music (Feature Film)

Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)
Song Performer
The Buccaneer (1959)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

It's Showtime (1976)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
The 39th Annual Tony Awards (1985)
Performer

Cast (Short)

On Location with Westworld (1973)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
Colonel Salem

Life Events

1934

Joined French acting troupe

1941

Moved to USA

1947

Failed Universal screen test for looking "too Oriental"

1949

American film acting debut, "Port of New York"

1951

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

1956

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

1960

Co-starred in "The Magnificent Seven"

1973

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

1985

Returned to Broadway in "The King & I"

Photo Collections

The Brothers Karamazov - Publicity Art
Here is a specialty drawing created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize The Brothers Karamazov (1958), starring Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, and Maria Schell.
The Magnificent Seven - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Magnificent Seven (1960). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Journey - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to publicize MGM's The Journey (1959), starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Kings of the Sun - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from Kings of the Sun (1963), starring Yul Brynner and George Chakiris. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Sound and the Fury - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Sound and the Fury (1959), starring Joanne Woodward and Yul Brynner. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Futureworld - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for AIP's Futureworld (1976). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Westworld - Movie Poster Art
Here is the original art used for the main ad campaign for MGM's Westworld (1973), starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, and James Brolin.
Adios, Sabata - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Adios, Sabata (1971), starring Yul Brynner. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Cast a Giant Shadow - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), featuring an all-star cast. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Morituri (1965) - You Are Under My Authority Posing as an SS officer catching a lift from Japan to occupied France, but actually a German defector working as an undercover British agent, Crain (a.k.a. "Kyl," Marlon Brando) tangles with the suspicious German merchant ship captain Mueller (Yul Brynner), Nazi 2nd officer Kruse (Martin Benrath) steering clear, in Morituri, 1965.
Journey, The (1959) - I Even Mystify Myself Yul Brynner as clever Russian commander Surov isn’t buying the cover story from Lady Ashmore (Deborah Kerr) that Jason Robards Jr. is Britisher Flemyng, who’s just feeling ill, and not her former lover, a Hungarian dissident shot in an escape attempt, trying to get out of the country during the 1956 uprising, in The Journey, 1959.
Journey, The (1959) - Russian Clocks Sometimes Very Slow After credits establishing Budapest, during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Robert Morley the English correspondent stranded in an airport, with fellows David Kossoff, Gèrard Oury and E.G. Marshall, Russian-born Anatole Litvak producing and directing, in The Journey, 1959, starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner and Jason Robards Jr.
Journey, The (1959) - You Think I'm The Devil! Yul Brynner is Surov, Russian commander of a Hungarian town during the 1956 uprising, holding forth with temporarily detained guests, journalist Robert Morley, American mom Anne Jackson, Deborah Kerr as a socialite whom we know is helping a dissident escape, then with Anouk Aimee, secret leader of a rebel band, in Anatole Litvak’s The Journey, 1959.
Journey, The (1959) - We'd Better Speak English Robert Morley is the English journalist leading a group of foreigners escaping Hungary by bus during the 1956 uprising, Yul Brynner the just-introduced Russian district commander, Anne Jackson and E.G. Marshall an American couple (Ron Howard one of their sons!), Deborah Kerr as Lady Ashmore, traveling officially alone, in The Journey, 1959.
Triple Cross (1967) - Your Latent Possibilities Yul Brynner is von Grunen, Nazi spy chief on the occupied English Isle of Jersey, Romy Schneider “The Countess,” an operative in his command, and Christopher Plummer the British thief and turncoat Chapman, about to be subjected to her loyalty test, in the fact-based Triple Cross, 1967.
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) - You Wouldn't Beat Your Mother Military man Dmitri (Yul Brynner) has not yet met tavern owner and seductress Grushenka (Maria Schell), newly engaged to his evil father, whom he means to confront about why she bought his debts, in Richard Brooks' treatment of the Dostoyevsky novel, The Brothers Karamazov, 1958.
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) - I Can Always Smell Money Music by Bronislau Kaper, Maria Schell lusty as Grushenka, and Yul Brynner as Dmitri, succumbing to a family flaw, in Richard Brooks' version of the Dostoyevsky novel, The Brothers Karamazov, 1958.
King and I, The (1956) - I Am 150 Years Old! Anna (Deborah Kerr) with son Louis (Rex Thompson) in her first meeting with the grumpy king (Yul Brynner) in 20th Century Fox's 1956 production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.
King And I, The (1956) -- Shall We Dance After a successful demonstration of civilized manners for the British ambassador, teacher Anna (Deborah Kerr) is explaining Western marital customs to her employer the Siamese king (Yul Brynner), Marni Nixon dubbing her vocal for the Rodgers & Hammerstein song, in The King And I, 1956.
Anastasia (1956) - I'm Not Being Sarcastic Ingrid Bergman, who's really just a mental patient trained by a charlatan Russian exile general (Yul Brynner), is presented in 1928 Paris as the lost daughter of the murdered Tsar, whose one-time chamberlain (Felix Aylmer) is the toughest judge, in Anastasia, 1956.
Anastasia (1956) - I Can Make You Anastasia Paris, 1928, Russian exile general and con man Bounine (Yul Brynner), with partners Akim Tamiroff and Sacha Piteoff, debriefing mental patient Anna (Ingrid Bergman), their last prospect as their contract to produce the presumed-dead Russian princess expires, in the fact-based Anastasia, 1956.

Trailer

Return Of The Seven (1966) -- Theatrical Trailer Yul Brynner does return as Chris and Robert Fuller pretends to be Steve McQueen (“Vin”) but the others are all recruited anew, with more Elmer Bernstein music and a variation on the plot, Burt Kennedy directing in John Sturges’ stead, in the first sequel (to The Magnificent Seven, 1960), from the Mirisch company and United Artists, shot Spaghetti-Western style in Spain, Return Of The Seven, 1966.
Buccaneer, The (1958) - (Original Trailer) French pirate Jean Lafitte (Yul Brynner) tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812 in Anthony Quinn's The Buccaneer (1958).
Anastasia - (Original Trailer) A group of exiled Russians claim to have found the living daughter (Ingrid Bergman) of the Tsar in Anastasia (1956).
Westworld - (Pan-and-scanTrailer) A future fantasy park turns deadly when robot workers go on a killing spree. Written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Journey, The - (Original Trailer) A Communist officer (Yul Brynner) falls for a married woman (Deborah Kerr) during the 1956 Hungarian invasion in The Journey (1959).
Magnificent Seven, The - (Original Trailer) Seven American gunmen hire themselves out to protect a Mexican village from bandits in The Magnificent Seven (1960) starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson.
Solomon and Sheba - (Original Trailer) Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida star in Solomon and Sheba (1959), the epic tale of the biblical king's seduction by a pagan queen.
Sound and the Fury, The - (Original Trailer) Yul Brynner and Joanne Woodward in William Faulkner's story of a declining Southern family, The Sound and The Fury (1959).
Cast A Giant Shadow - (Original Trailer) Kirk Douglas stars in the true story of U.S. officer Mickey Marcus who joined the Israeli fight against the Arabs in Cast a Giant Shadow (1966).

Family

Rock Brynner
Son
Victoria Brynner
Daughter
Mia Brynner
Daughter
Melody Brynner
Daughter

Companions

Virginia Gilmore
Wife
Actor. Married in 1944; divorced.
Claire Bloom
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in two films in 1958; she recounted their relationship in her memoirs.
Doris Kleiner
Wife
Divorced.
Jacqueline de Croisset
Wife
Divorced.
Kathy Lee
Wife

Bibliography

"Yul Brynner: Photographer"
Victoria Brynner (1996)

Notes

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

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

Named honorary president of the International Gypsy Conference in 1977.