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Yul Brynner

Actor Yul Brynner

Full Name: Yuliy Borisovich Briner
Profession: Actor


Why Famous: The King and I, Anna and the King and The Ten Commandments.

Born: July 11, 1920
Birthplace: Primorsky Krai, Russia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 10, 1985 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Married Life

  • 1944-09-06 Actor Yul Brynner (24) weds actress Virginia Gilmore (25) at the Los Angeles County Courthouse
  • 1960-03-26 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage
  • 1960-03-31 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

Historical Events

  • 1951-03-29 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam", opens at St James Theater, New York City for 1246 performances; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times
  • 1956-10-05 "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US
  • 1957-03-27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win
  • 1977-05-02 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances
  • 1985-02-24 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"
  • 1985-03-06 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • 1986-02-18 Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985

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