Yul Brynner Overview:

Legendary actor, Yul Brynner, was born Yuli Borisovich Bryner on Jul 11, 1920 in Vladivostok, Russia. Brynner died at the age of 65 on Oct 10, 1985 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Saint Robert Churchyard Cemetery in La Tourraine, France.


Shaven-headed actor of Swiss-Mongolian parentage (born on an island off the coast of Siberia). A former trapeze artist who turned to acting after being injured in a fall, his subsequent career was inextricably tied up with his portrayals of the King of Siam in The King and I, and the mysterious gunfighter in black in The Magnificent Seven. His faint accent and clipped tones remained unique, but a further stage stint with The King and I in the late seventies signalled his departure from the screen. Married to Virginia Gilmore from 1944-1960. Oscar for The King and I. Died from lung cancer.

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Yul Brynner was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actor for The King and I (as The King) in 1956.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1956Best ActorThe King and I (1956)The KingWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Yul Brynner's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #112 on Mar 22, 1956.

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Yul Brynner Quotes:

Chris: [Chris has discovered Lee waiting for him in his room] Thought you were looking for the Johnson brothers?

Sam Brewster: Is your name Jewel?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: No.
Hotel Owner: The hotel register....
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: My name is
[d'Estaing writes his name on a blackboard]
Sam Brewster: Jewels...Gasperd...Die-es-ting
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing: Jules...soft j, silent s...Gaspard...silent d...d'Estaing...just a touch of dipthong.

Chris: He's a good gun, and we aren't heading for a church social.

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Always prepared breakfast while wearing a silk kimono.

Appeared in three different films with Eli Wallach: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966) (TV) and Romance of a Horsethief (1971).

Godfather of Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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