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Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner
from the trailer for The Ten Commandments (1956)
Personal information
Birth nameYuliy Borisovich Bryner
Birth dateJuly 11, 1920
Place of birthVladivostok, Far Eastern Republic
Date of deathOctober 10, 1985(age 65)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1941 - 85
Spouse-Virginia Gilmore-1944-1960 (divorced)
-Doris Kleiner-1960-1967 (divorced)
-Jacqueline Thion de la Chaume-1971-1981 (divorced)
-Kathy Lee-1983-1985 (his death)

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Yul Brynner ( , Yuliy Borisovich Bryner; July 11, 1920 - October 10, 1985) was a Russian-born actor of stage and film. He was best known for his portrayal of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film version; he also played the role more than 4,500 times on stage. He is also remembered as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments, General Bounine in Anastasia and Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven. Brynner was noted for his distinctive voice and for his shaven head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for his initial role in The King and I. He was also a photographer and the author of two books.

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