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" Final Resting Place of Yul Brynner"
11th July 1920 - 10th October 1985
Actor who was the first bald movie star. Starred in over 30 films but is best remembered for "The King & I" film musical for which he won an Oscar for his part as the King. His other famous films include "The Magnificent Severn" & "The Ten Commandments".
St. Robert Churchyard, La Tourraine, France.
Picture of grave courtesy of Michel Derouet, La Bouquinière, France.
He was born Yul Borisovich Brynner (Russian: Юл Бори́сович Бри́ннер) in Vladivostok, Russia. His mother, Marousia Blagоvidova, was the daughter of a Russian doctor of Jewish heritage and his father, Boris Bryner, was an engineer and inventor of Swiss and Mongolian ancestry. He was named Yul after his paternal grandfather, Jules Bryner.
Brynner's early life was exotic, but he made it out to be even more exotic than it actually was, claiming that he was born Taidje Khan of part-Japanese parentage on the Russian island of Sakhalin. A biography published by his son Rock Brynner in 1989 clarified these issues.
After Boris Bryner abandoned his family, his mother took Yul and his sister, Vera Brynner, to Harbin, China, where they attended a school run by the YMCA, and in 1934 she took them to Paris, France. Early in his career he was photographed nude by George Platt Lynes. Brynner's best-known role was that of King Mongkut of Siam which he played 4626 times in both the stage and film versions of the musical The King and I, for which he won an Academy Award as Best Actor. He is one of only seven people who have won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award (Oscar) for the same role.
He made an immediate impact upon first starring in films in 1956, appearing not only in The King and I that year, but also in major roles in The Ten Commandments and Anastasia. He later starred in such films as Solomon and Sheba (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Westworld (1973).
Brynner died on October 10, 1985 (the same day as Orson Wells) in New York City at the age of 70. The cause of death was lung cancer brought on by smoking. In January 1985, nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial. A clip from that interview was made into just such a commercial by the American Cancer Society, and released after his death, which he opens by looking straight into the camera and intoning, "I'm dead."