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Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner
Photo: CBS Television / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

July 11, 1920


October 10, 1985


U.S. - Russia

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Light Brown


5 ft 8 in | 173 cm


74 kg | 163 lbs

Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Yuliy Borisovich Briner was born in Vladivostok, Far Eastern Republic, Russia, on July 11, 1920, was a Russian-American actor.

Young Yul Brynner first started performing as a guitarist in Russian nightclubs in Paris and as a trapeze acrobat in a French circus troupe.

He began his acting career on the New York stage.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Twelfth Night" (1941) in role as Fabian.

He made his big screen debut in drama crime thriller Port of New York (1949) in role as Paul Vicola.

He got his television debut in series Mr. Jones and His Neighbors (1944) in role as Mr. Jones.

Brynner's breakthrough performance came as King Mongkut in stage musical "The King and I" (1951), for which he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Yul Brynner Height and Weight

How tall was Yul Brynner and what was his weight? Yul Brynner's height was 5' 8" іn fееt аnd іnсhеѕ or 173 іn cеntіmеtrеѕ, his weight was 163 іn pоunds or 74 іn kіlоgrаmѕ.

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in drama romance film The King and I (1956).

He won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as Rameses II in epic religious drama movie The Ten Commandments (1956).

He played The Gunslinger in science fiction Western thriller movies:

Westworld (1973)

Futureworld (1976)

He portrayed Chris Larabee Adams in Western movies:

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Return of the Seven (1966), for which he was nominated for the Laurel Award for Top Action Performance

He won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as General Bounine in historical drama film Anastasia (1956).

Taras Bulba (1962) drama action as Taras Bulba

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) drama action as Asher Gonen

The Brothers Karamazov (1958) drama as Dmitri Karamazov

Morituri (1965) thriller drama as Captain Mueller

The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) comedy drama as The chairman

Kings of the Sun (1963) drama action as Chief Black Eagle

Villa Rides (1968) Western war as Pancho Villa

Solomon and Sheba (1959) epic historical romance as Solomon

Best TV Shows

He played King Mongkut of Siam in CBS sitcom Anna and the King (1972).


Attended a school run by worldwide organisation, YMCA.

Studied acting with the Russian teacher Michael Chekhov, in Connecticut.

Had Swiss-German, Russian and Buryat (Mongol) ancestry.

Had older sister, Vera.

He and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1940.

He was an accomplished guitarist and photographer.

He released album "The Gypsy and I: Yul Brynner Sings Gypsy Songs", with Aliosha Dimitrievitch in 1967.

He wrote two books:

Bring Forth the Children: A Journey to the Forgotten People of Europe and the Middle East (1960)

The Yul Brynner Cookbook: Food Fit for the King and You (1983)

He was good friend with Frank Sinatra.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6162 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

He was named honorary president of the International Romani Union in 1977.

Received a special Tony Award honoring his 4625 performances in The King and I in 1985.

He played Odysseus in a play "Home Sweet Homer" (1976), at Palace Theatre.

Brynner died on October 10, 1985, New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 65.


He was married to:

Kathy Lee (1983-1985)

Jacqueline de Croisset (1971-1981) they adopted two Vietnamese children, Mia and Melody

Doris Kleiner (1960-1967) they had one daughter, Victoria Brynner

Virginia Gilmore (1944-1960) they had one son, Yul 'Rock' Brynner


He was in relationship with Frankie Tilden (1959) they had a daughter, Lark Brynner.

He dated Gina Lollobrigida (1958-1959), Ingrid Bergman (1956), Anne Baxter (1954-1955), Anita Ekberg (1952), Katy Jurado (1951) and Marlene Dietrich (1950-1951).

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