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Yul Brynner

1920 - 1985

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Yuliy Borisovich Briner (Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985), known professionally as Yul Brynner, was a Russian actor. He was best known for his portrayal of King Mongkut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards, and later an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film adaptation. He played the role 4,625 times on stage and became known for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for The King and I. Considered one of the first Russian-American film stars, he was honored with a ceremony to put his handprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in 1956, and also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. In 1956, Brynner received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rameses II in the Cecil B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yul Brynner has received more than 10,482,608 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Yul Brynner is the 36th most popular actor (down from 27th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Russia (down from 27th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Actor.

Yul Brynner is most famous for his role as the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.

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  • 10M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 76.01

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 66

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.44

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.25

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Yul Brynner ranks 36 out of 9,996Before him are Romy Schneider, Jack Nicholson, Vivien Leigh, Charles Bronson, Sarah Bernhardt, and Harrison Ford. After him are Claudia Cardinale, Roger Moore, Maggie Smith, Chuck Norris, Meryl Streep, and Alan Rickman.

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Among people born in 1920, Yul Brynner ranks 5Before him are Pope John Paul II, Federico Fellini, Isaac Asimov, and Charles Bukowski. After him are Frank Herbert, Toshiro Mifune, Rosalind Franklin, Ray Bradbury, Farouk of Egypt, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and Mario Puzo. Among people deceased in 1985, Yul Brynner ranks 4Before him are Marc Chagall, Enver Hoxha, and Konstantin Chernenko. After him are Heinrich Böll, Orson Welles, Fernand Braudel, Carl Schmitt, Italo Calvino, László Bíró, Simone Signoret, and Rock Hudson.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Yul Brynner ranks 45 out of 3,262Before him are Alexander II of Russia (1818), Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), and Boris Pasternak (1890). After him are Vladimir Nabokov (1899), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), David Hilbert (1862), and Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895).

Among ACTORS In Russia

Among actors born in Russia, Yul Brynner ranks 1After him are Armin Mueller-Stahl (1930), Lila Kedrova (1918), Michael Chekhov (1891), Yuri Nikulin (1921), Leonid Kuravlyov (1936), Olga Knipper (1868), Sacha Guitry (1885), Vyacheslav Tikhonov (1928), Yevgeny Leonov (1926), Andrei Mironov (1941), and Lyubov Orlova (1902).

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