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Yul Brynner, Award Winner –

Brynner in WESTWORLD.

Yul Brynner: Best Actor 1956:

The King and I (Drama)

Yul Brynner received his Oscar for re-creating his Broadway role as the Siamese king.

About Yul Brynner (1920 – 1985)

Yul Brynner was a hypnotically intense actor born in Russia and educated in China at a ymca school. Yul Brynner adopted America as his home after performing in a Paris circus as an acrobat and bar singer. He delighted in creating an aura of mystery about his origins, which were not clear until his son later wrote a book about him.

During World War II, Yul Brynner put his fluent French to work on the Voice of America as a French-speaking radio announcer and commentator for the U.S. Office of War Information, broadcasting actual news to occupied France.

After working as a guest actor on television programs, Yul Brynner rose to prominence when he created the role on stage of the King of Siam, in the Rogers and Hammerstein 1951 musical, The King and I. Yul Brynner also played the role in the film of the musical (an earlier non-musical film had been released a decade earlier with Rex Harrison in the lead. Harrison turned down the stage role). Brynner won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film version in 1956. Over his lifetime Yul Brynner played the King over 4,500 times in various revivals of the show.

Also in 1956, Yul Brynner played the Pharaoh Rameses in The Ten Commandments, with Charleton Heston playing Moses. In the same year, Brynner also play with Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia, as the gold-digging impresario who presents a convincing imposter as the heir to the Russian throne and fortune.

In 1960, he played the head gunman who gathers 6 more to aid a Mexican village in their fight against marauders, in The Magnificent Seven. The movie was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's now classic Seven Samurai, which at the time was not known in America.

Yul Brynner continued working steadily on stage, in films and occasionally television until 1976. Near the end of his life, when he was suffering with lung cancer, he made a statement on a talk show in 1985, which turned into a PSA for the American Cancer Society. He said, "Now that I'm gone, I tell you, don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that."

Yul Brynner's notable movie credits include...

port of new york (1949)
the ten commandments (1956)
anastasia (1956)
the brothers karamazov (1958)
the buccaneer (1958)
the sound and the fury (1959)
solomon and sheba (1959)
the magnificent seven (1960)
taras bulba (1962)
invitation to a gunfighter (1964)
the poppy is also a flower (1966)
cast a giant shadow (1966)
return of the seven (1966)
the long duel (1967)
villa rides (1968)
the madwoman of chaillot (1969)
the magic christian (1969)
the light at the edge of the world (1971)
catlow (1971)
fuzz (1972)
westworld (1973)
the ultimate warrior (1975)
Futureworld (1976)
Lost To The Revolution (1980)



Yul Brynner in Westworld (1973).






Brynner in The King and I.



Yul Brynner in The Ten Commandments.





Yul Brynner in Anastasia (1956).



Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven (1960).