Yul Brynner was born on July 11, 1920, and he was a Russian-born actor. He was born in the city of Vladivostok in the home of his parents, a four-story house on 15 Aleutskaya Street.
Unfortunately, in October 1922, the wealth of the family of Yul Brynner was confiscated by the Red Army and nationalized at the end of the Russian Civil War. Yul Brynner‘s family was disowned from their home.
His role as King Mongkut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical The King and I made him very known. He also won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The King and I.
He was known to have played the role 4,625 times on stage and he was noted for his shaved head which became his trademark. Due to his exploits in the field of acting over the years, Yul Brynner was honored with a ceremony to put his handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in 1956. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Yul Brynner was honored with the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor in 1956 and it was in respect of his role as Rameses II in the Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments and General Bounine in Anastasia.
He also played the role of the gunman Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and its first sequel Return of the Seven (1966). He was also featured in Westworld (1973), and Futureworld (1976).
Yul Brynner became a US citizen at the age of 22 in 1943. He was then living in New York as an actor and radio announcer. Due to the fact that he lost his tax exemption as an American resident working abroad, Yul Brynner renounced his US citizenship at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. This was in June 1985.
Yul Brynner Cause of Death
Yul Brynner on October 10, 1985. He died at New York Hospital at the age of 65. The cause of his death was lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in the grounds of the Saint-Michel-de-Bois-Aubry Orthodox monastery, near Luzé, between Tours and Poitiers in France.
Prior to his death, in 1983, he suffered a sore throat. A lump was found in his vocal cords. Hours before his 4,000th performance in The King and I, he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Yul Brynner started smoking when he was just 12 years old
Some of the stage works of Yul Brynnerc include Twelfth Night (1941) (Broadway), Lute Song (1946) (Broadway and US national tour), The King and I (1951) (Broadway and US national tour), Home Sweet Homer (1976) (Broadway), The King and I (1977) (Broadway, London and US national tour) and The King and I (1985) (Broadway).
When Yul Brynner was alive, he won some awards. In 1952, he was given the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the King in The King and I. For his 4625 performances in The King and I, he was also given a special Tony Award.
Yul Brynner won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Actor and in 1957 and 1958, he made it to the “Top 10 Stars of the Year” list. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion picture star at 6162 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.