Biography of Yul Brynner (1920-1985)

Yul Brynner.

Film actor American of Russian origin (also, producer and television director), whose real name was Jules Brynner II, born on July 11, 1920, in Vladivostok (Russia), and died on October 10, 1985, in New York.


Life and origins of Yul Brynner were always under a halo of mystery that he himself was in charge of feeding. When he said that it was a Swiss and half Japanese half Taidje Khan named and who was born on the island of Sakhalin, in Siberia, he stated that his mother was a Romanian Gypsy and that it belonged to the saga of the Pitoëff. The truth is that, thanks to his biography, published by his son Yul. Rock 'n' Brynner II in 1989, it was learned that he was the son of Boris Bryner, an engineer and Swiss inventor of Mongolian origin, and Marousia Blagavidova, the daughter of a Russian doctor. Although it was called Jules in honor of his grandfather, he soon adopted the diminutive of Yul, which would become famous. When his father suddenly abandoned the family, his mother took Yul and his sister Vera to Harbin, China, where he began his studies.

In 1934, the family moved to Paris and Yul was enrolled in an Institute of high category, Lycée Moncelle, but attendance was low. Eventually, he left the studies to dedicate himself to music, playing the guitar between Russian gypsies by "nightclubs" of Paris, where he met personalities such as the poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. He managed to enter as an apprentice at the Mathurins theater, in Paris, where he started, first as a stagehand, then as an actor.

Because of his great physical gifts, he working as a trapeze artist in the famous circus of Hiver. In 1941, after a serious accident that spoil his career of an Acrobat, he travelled to United States to study dramatic arts with Professor Michael Chekhov, with whose company (the Chekhov completo Theatrical) turned the country, representing different works. That same year, with the stage name of Youl Bryner, he made his debut in New York with the play Twelfth Night, which enabled him to be engaged in several of the first series of television of those experimental years.

Shortly thereafter, got a huge success on Broadway with the Lute Song work tables, and already married with her also actress Virginia Gilmore (the "Myra" of the pride of the Yankees), was hired by CBS as a television series director. After a failed test with Universal in 1947, in which was rejected for being "too oriental", he debuted at last on the big screen in 1949, with the port of New York, László Benedek, small 'film noir' which not only went down in history for being the first film in which intervened Yul Brynner, but, in addition, did so because this appeared with hair.

Two years later, in 1951, in the year in which Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II prepared his adaptation musical of the book by Margaret Landon Anna and the King of Siam, Mary Martin recommended for the role that would make him famous, that of the energetic King of Siam in the play the King and I, which offered a total of 4.625 representations with the same character. Brynner, who from the outset had captivated the public, repeated the film version, also titled the King and I (1956), Walter Lang.

Character pursued virtually all his life, since, in 1972, it also reflected it for a series for television entitled Anna and the King, next to Samantha Eggar in the role of the governess, played in the 1956 version beautifully by Deborah Kerr. Splendid decorations, clothing and photography, beautiful musical numbers and songs and comic treatment of conflicts between Anna and the King characterize a film where reigns above all Yul Brynner, who was said with absolute reason that he was born to be the King of Siam. It is really fun when the same and emotionally dramatic caricatures are in the final moments, which preceded his death. Reward: the Oscar for Best Actor.

That same year, the producers raffled it is and intervened in this cinematic monument which is the ten commandments (1956), of Cecil Blount de Mille, which revives a muscular Prince/Pharaoh Ramses, antagonist of the Moses of Charlton Heston; and it was the Russian general, "Bounine", which finds the amnesiac Anastasia (1956), Anatole Litvak.

Soon, those features 'too Oriental', which did not pass a casting for a few years, delimited him in a series of varied and exotic roles. It went from being one of the Brothers Karamazov (1958), Richard Brooks, in the faithful adaptation of the novel by Dostoyevsky, wise King Hebrew in Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (1959), of King Vidor, where, following the death during the filming in Spain of Tyrone Power, resumed a role coming to measure; moving on, is clear, by its Taras Bulba (1962), Jack Lee-Thompson.

His eternal serious countenance seemed appropriate for the western and intervened in what was surely not the best in the history but the most popular, the magnificent seven (1960), by John Sturges, which was part of that memorable group of actors, led by him and followed by Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Horst Buchholzcharged to make forget the less memorable result not from the seven Samurai (1954), Akira Kurosawa, which is a colorful remake. Brynner agreed to return to the same character, "Chris", the first of the three sequels that then came the return of the magnificent seven (1966), Burt Kennedy.

A few years earlier, in 1964, someone convinced you to interpret a curiosity today forgotten but very commented in his time, invitation to a gunfighter, of Richard Wilson. Another curiosity, but is much more remembered was his magnificent recreation of robot Gunslinger in souls of metal (1973), usually 'best sellers' author Michael Crichton, which also wrote a script that unfortunately was not developed (in part by their lack of budget) than is desirable, perfectly recreated a history of science fiction in an environment in whichin a kind of Disneyland called Delos, you could choose between relive ancient Rome, the middle ages or the Wild West of 1880, which is what finally "Richard Benjamin", co-star takes. Brynner returned to play the same character (this time more) in its acceptable then, future world (1976), Richard t. Heffron.

Forever marked by his King of Siam, with his voice serious and indefinable and exotic accent, Yul Brynner was truncated his career in recent years when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, due to its terrible addiction to tobacco. With his death, it can be said that it disappeared to reign one of the most fascinating actors and, no doubt, with his head shaved to zero on the screen, one of the most beloved and popular characters in the world of celluloid.


As a film actor: 1949: New York.1956 port: the King and I; The ten commandments; Anastasia.1958: The Buccaneers; Red sunset; The Karamazov.1959 brothers: The sound and the fury; Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; The testament of Orpheus (cameo). 1960: the magnificent seven; A blonde for a gangster; Return to mi.1961: don't tell me goodbye; Fuga Zahrain.1962: Taras Bulba.1963: rescue patrol; The Kings of the sol.1964: invitation to a pistolero.1965: Morituri; The shadow of a gigante.1966: the return of the magnificent seven; Triple Cross; The flowers of the Devil (cameo). 1967: my double in the Alps; Villa rides; The legend of a valiente.1968: the Picasso summer; The Madwoman of Chaillot.1969: the battle of the Neretva River; The trail leads to Londres.1970: If you want to be millionaire don't waste time working (uncredited); Romance of a horse thief; Indian Black.1971: Gold; The lighthouse at the end of the mundo.1972: the turbulent district 87; The serpiente.1973: souls of metal.1974: New York, year 2012.1975: with anger in the ojos.1976: future world; Gli Indesiderabili.1978: Once in Paris...1980: Lost to the Revolution (voice, as Narrator).

TV productions: 1944: Jones and His Neighbors (series). 1948: Mr. and Mrs (series). 1972: Anna and the King (series).

Television appearances: 1949: Fireside theatre (episode "Friend of the Family"). 1950: Studio One (episode "Flowers From a Stranger"). 1953: Omnibus - Lodging For the Night.

As Director of Television: 1948: Studio One (series). 1950: Life with Snarky Parker (series, and production); Sure As Fate (series); Danger (series).