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Yul Brynner (July 11, 1920 – October 11, 1985)

Yuliy Borisovich Briner better known as Yul Brynner was a Russian-American film and stage actor born in Vladivostok. He and his mother emigrated to New York City in 1940. His first Broadway appearance was in 1941. Brynner is best known as King Mongkut of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, which won him two Tony awards and an Academy Award for the film version. (He played this role 4,625 times on stage.) He starred as Ranesses II in the Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments (to name but a few of his film roles). Brynner was known for his shaved head which he adopted in 1951 for The King and I and maintained for the rest of his life. Brynner was married four times and had five children (three were his, two he adopted). Brynner began smoking heavily at age 12. He died of lung cancer on October 10, 1985 at age 65. Just before his death he recorded an anti-smoking public service announcement (which aired a few days after his death). In September 2012, a 2.4 meter statue was inaugurated ay Yul Brynner Park in Vladivostok, Russia.

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