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Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner (born Yuliy Borisovich Briner, Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985) was a Russian-American film and stage actor.

Brynner first became widely known for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for the film version. He played the role 4,625 times on stage. He also starred as Ramesses II in the Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments (1956). He played General Bounine in the film Anastasia (also 1956), the gunman Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and its first sequel Return of the Seven, and the android "The Gunslinger" in Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976).

Brynner was known for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it in 1951 for his role in The King and I. Earlier, he was a model and television director, and later a photographer and the author of two books.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 11th, 1920 (Vladivostok), Died October 10th, 1985 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 80860 4/16/1951 A puzzlement Yul Brynner vocalist  
Decca 80866 4/16/1951 Shall we dance Yul Brynner ; Gertrude Lawrence vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brynner, Yul," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/306015.

Brynner, Yul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/306015.

"Brynner, Yul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/306015

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