Yul Brynner

1920 - 1985

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Yuliy Borisovich Briner (Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985), known profesionally as Yul Brynner, was a Russian-American actor, singer, and director, 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. He received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ramesses II in the Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments (1956) and General Bounine in the film Anastasia (also 1956). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yul Brynner has received more than 8,551,023 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Yul Brynner is the 27th most popular actor (down from 20th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Russia (down from 26th 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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  • 2.61

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Among actors, Yul Brynner ranks 27 out of 10,030Before him are Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Jackie Chan, Judy Garland, Bud Spencer, and Sarah Bernhardt. After him are Danny DeVito, Elizabeth Taylor, Dustin Hoffman, Patrick Swayze, Romy Schneider, and Terence Hill.

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Among people born in 1920, Yul Brynner ranks 4Before him are Pope John Paul II, Isaac Asimov, and Federico Fellini. After him are Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Toshiro Mifune, Rosalind Franklin, Mario Puzo, Farouk of Egypt, and Paul Celan. Among people deceased in 1985, Yul Brynner ranks 2Before him is Marc Chagall. After him are Enver Hoxha, Konstantin Chernenko, Heinrich Böll, Orson Welles, Fernand Braudel, Carl Schmitt, Charles Francis Richter, Italo Calvino, Rock Hudson, and Simone Signoret.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Yul Brynner ranks 27 out of 2,688Before him are Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Isaac Asimov (1920), Alexander I of Russia (1777), and Mikhail Bakunin (1814). After him are Dmitri Shostakovich (1906), Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844).

Among ACTORS In Russia

Among actors born in Russia, Yul Brynner ranks 1After him are Armin Mueller-Stahl (1930), Michael Chekhov (1891), Lila Kedrova (1918), Olga Knipper (1868), Yuri Nikulin (1921), Sacha Guitry (1885), Vyacheslav Tikhonov (1928), Oleg Popov (1930), George Sanders (1906), Innokenty Smoktunovsky (1925), and Yevgeny Leonov (1926).

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