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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 10 in | 178 cm


81 kg | 180 pounds

Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Yul Brynner 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 two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Best Movies

He won a National Board of Review Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:

The Ten Commandments (1956) epic religious drama in role as Rameses II

Anastasia (1956) historical drama in role as General Bounine

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in drama romance film The King and I (1956).

He played The Gunslinger in science fiction Western thriller movies:

Westworld (1973)

Futureworld (1976)

He was nominated for the Laurel Award for Top Action Performance for his role as Chris Larabee Adams in Western movie The Magnificent Seven (1960).

Taras Bulba (1962) drama action opposite Tony Curtis

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) drama action opposite Kirk Douglas and John Wayne

The Brothers Karamazov (1958) drama in role as Dmitri Karamazov

Morituri (1965) thriller drama with Marlon Brando

Return of the Seven (1966) Western in role as Chris Adams

The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) comedy drama opposite Katharine Hepburn

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

Villa Rides (1968) Western war film in role as Pancho Villa

Solomon and Sheba (1959) epic historical romance with Gina Lollobrigida

TV Shows

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


Attended a school run by worldwide organisation, YMCA.

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

Had an elder sister, Vera.

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

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

He was an accomplished guitarist and photographer.

Released a record 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)

Was good friends with Frank Sinatra.

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.

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 child, Victoria Brynner

Virginia Gilmore (1944-1960) they had one child, 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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