Yul Brynner Net Worth

Yul Brynner Net Worth is
$10 Million

Yul Brynner Biography

He proved helpful as a radio commentator for the united states Office, that was broadcating to France through the occupation in Globe Battle II. Yul Brynner net worthy of in 2014-2015 is $10,000,000 while like others Yul Brynner also receives a commission by advertisements, sponsorships, endorsement, featuring and so forth. We estimated annual income around $1,176,471

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Quick Facts

Full NameYul Brynner
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1920
DiedOctober 10, 1985, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.73 m, 1.76 m
Weight73 kg
ProfessionPhotographer, Musician, Author, Actor, Television Director
SpouseKathy Lee (m. 1983–1985), Jacqueline de Croisset (m. 1971–1981), Doris Kleiner (m. 1960–1967), Virginia Gilmore (m. 1944–1960)
ChildrenYul 'Rock' Brynner II, Victoria Brynner, Melody Brynner, Lark Brynner, Mia Brynner
ParentsBoris Yuliyevich Briner, Marousia Dimitrievna Blagovidova
SiblingsVera Brynner
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Special Tony Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
MoviesThe Magnificent Seven, The King and I, Westworld, The Ten Commandments, Futureworld, Taras Bulba, Anastasia, The Ultimate Warrior, Solomon and Sheba, Return of the Seven, Adiós, Sabata, The Buccaneer, Kings of the Sun, The Journey, Morituri, The Brothers Karamazov, Cast a Giant Shadow, Port of New York, Catlow, Villa Rides, Escape from Zahrain, The Magic Christian, Invitation to a Gunfighter, Night Flight from Moscow, The Light at the Edge of the World, The Double Man, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, Surprise Package, Once More, with Feeling!, The Long Duel, Goodbye Again, Triple Cross, The File of the Golden Goose, Death Rage, The Sound and the Fury, Battle of Neretva, Flight from Ashiya, His Majesty O'Keefe, Fuzz, Testament of Orpheus, Romance of a Horsethief, The Madwoman of Chaillot
TV ShowsAnna and the King

Interesting Facts

1 In "Taras Bulba" (1962), Yul Brynner wanted the film to capture the essence of Gogol's novel. By the time it reached the screen, it was dismissed as just another routine action picture in Cossack clothing --- the very thing he had hoped to avoid. According to Brynner's son Rock, his father's disappointment was so great that he never again invested much, if any, of himself in his remaining screen work.
2 Since he started his career in France, he fluently spoke an almost perfect french..
3 Is one of 13 actors who have received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a real-life king. The others in chronological order are Charles Laughton for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), Robert Morley for Marie Antoinette (1938), Basil Rathbone for If I Were King (1938), Laurence Olivier for Henry V (1944) and Richard III (1955), José Ferrer for Joan of Arc (1948), John Gielgud for Becket (1964), Peter O'Toole for Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Robert Shaw for A Man for All Seasons (1966), Richard Burton for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Kenneth Branagh for Henry V (1989), Nigel Hawthorne for The Madness of King George (1994), and Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010).
4 He actively sought the role of Grigori Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). However, Tom Baker was cast.
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6162 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
6 He was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of the superhero Green Lantern/Abin Sur (created in 1959). Brynner was 39 years old at the time. Sur is well-known like the predecessor of Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, who replaced him after his death when Sur crashed with his ship on planet Earth.
7 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II initial choice for their Broadway "King and I" musical's featured role King of Siam was Rex Harrison, a role that he had played in Anna and the King of Siam (1946), but Harrison was unavailable due to film work. Mary Martin suggested Yul Brynner to Rodgers and Hammerstein II for the role since he had appeared on Broadway with her in the stage-musical "Lute Song". Rogers and Hammerstein II settled on television director and actor Yul Brynner. In rehearsals, at Yul Brynner's first meeting with costume designer Irene Sharaff, Yul Brynner had only a fringe of curly hair. Yul Brynner asked Sharaff what he was to do about it. When Sharaff told him to shave it, Brynner was horror-struck, refused, convinced he would look terrible. During out of town tryouts in New Haven, Connecticut (February 27, 1951), Sharaff told Rodgers and Hammerstein II and the director John Van Druten, "Brynner should be bald!" Ordered to shave his head, Brynner gave in, shaving off his long curly black hair, putting dark stage make-up on his shaved head. The effect was so well received that it became Brynner's trademark. Brynner came to dominate his role and the musical, starring in a four-year national tour culminating in his last performance, a special Sunday night show, on June 30, 1985, in honor of Yul Brynner and his 4,625th performance of the role. "King of the mountain as well as the show". Brynner died less than four months later, on October 10, 1985.
8 He was good friends with Frank Sinatra, and was a frequent guest at Frank's Palm Springs estate.
9 When he got the offer to star in "The King and I" on Broadway, Brynner had established himself at CBS directing Danger (1950), Omnibus (1952) and Studio One in Hollywood (1948) as well as training new directors in the fledgling medium. He took a leave of absence to play the King and even after his success jokingly referred to acting as his part time job.
10 After seeing Brynner in the play "Lute Song" with Mary Martin in 1949, Judy Garland wanted to do a film version of it, so she asked him to do a screen test with her. Nothing came of it, but it led to the actor's screen debut that year in Port of New York (1949).
11 When Brynner formed his own company Alciona to produce films in which he would both star in and direct, he commissioned Jean Cocteau to design the logo for the company stationary.
12 Had played the role of King Mongkut of Siam on stage, in the movies and on a short-lived television series.
13 Stan Lee used his physical likeness (noticeably his bald head and intense stare) as the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of Professor Charles Xavier in the ''X-Men'' comics (created in 1963). Brynner was 43 years old at the point.
14 Was acting in an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' (his Broadway debut), when Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. That night's show was canceled and most of the crew enlisted soon after. The show lasted only 15 performances and Brynner was out of a job until 1943.
15 Daughter Victoria Brynner is a successful businesswoman who founded her own company Stardust Visions and Stardust Celebrities in Los Angeles (1992).
16 He badly wanted to play the title role in Spartacus (1960) and the role of Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971).
17 Was very good friends with Deborah Kerr.
18 He was a great believer in rituals.
19 Always prepared breakfast while wearing a silk kimono.
20 Loved modern appliances.
21 Godfather of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
22 Audrey Hepburn is the godmother of his daughter Victoria.
23 According to his son, Yul "Rock" Brynner, "In his youth, Yul Brynner was Jean Cocteau's opium supplier." Empire and Odyssey, p. 141.
24 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 111-114. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
25 Three of his films were remade in the late 1990s, in rapid succession, as animated films: The King and I (1956) and Anastasia (1956) were remade as animated films of the same name The King and I (1999), Anastasia (1997)) and The Ten Commandments (1956) was remade as The Prince of Egypt (1998).
26 Is one of only eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same roles on stage and screen. The others are Joel Grey (Cabaret (1972)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker (1962)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)) and Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (1968)).
27 Brynner married Doris Kleiner on the set during shooting of The Magnificent Seven (1960).
28 Apprentice of Michael Chekhov.
29 Had appeared in three different films with Eli Wallach: The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) and Romansa konjokradice (1971).
30 He was the only actor to appear in both The Magnificent Seven (1960) and its first sequel, Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966). However, he did not appear in either of the other sequels, Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972).
31 Won Broadway's 1952 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "The King and I", a role he recreated in his Oscar-winning performance in the film of the same name, The King and I (1956). He also won a second, Special Tony Award in 1985 "honoring his 4,525 performances in 'The King and I'".
32 A recording of him explaining how being bald helped him is included in a song by Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) titled "Jo Jo's Jacket". The first verses are about Brynner and include a reference to Westworld (1973) and The King and I (1956).
33 When he found out he would be playing Pharaoh Rameses II opposite Charlton Heston's Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956) and that he would be shirtless for most of the film, he began a rigorous weight lifting program because he did not want to be physically overshadowed by Charlton Heston (which explains his buffer than normal physique during The King and I (1956) another film he was set to work on at the time.)
34 Mentioned in the popular mid-1980s song "One Night in Bangkok", sung by Murray Head, from the soundtrack of the musical "Chess".
35 He was an accomplished photographer. He took many photos on the sets of the various projects he worked on over the years.
36 While touring in the play "Odyssey" in the mid-1970s, he attained a reputation for being a holy terror toward hotel staff members. Among other things, all hotel suites where he would stay had to be painted a certain shade of tan and all kitchens in those hotel suites had to be stocked in advance with "one dozen brown eggs, under no circumstances white ones!" (this should be noted, in fairness, that Brynner personally paid the expense of these requests). The play itself, later retitled "Home, Sweet Homer", had a successful pre-Broadway tour of over a year, but lasted exactly one performance when it opened on Broadway in 1976.
37 He died on the same day as his Bitka na Neretvi (1969) co-star Orson Welles: October 10, 1985.
38 Is a recipient of the presitigious Connor Award, given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston.
39 Yul's paternal grandfather, Julius Bryner, was of Swiss-German origin (Julius was the son of Johannes Bruner and Marie Huber Von Windisch). Yul's paternal grandmother, Natalya Iosifovna Kurkutova, was Russian, from Irkutsk, and was said to be of part Mongolian/Buryat ancestry. Yul's maternal grandparents, Dmitriy Evgrafovich Blagovidov and Anna Timofeevna Kireeva, were also Russian, from Penza.
40 Despite numerous resources stating that Brynner was interred at the non-existent "Saint Robert Churchyard at the Monastery of Saint Michael", Brynner actually was buried in the Orthodox cemetery Saint-Michel-du-Bois-Aubry of Luzé, a village 55km from Tours in Touraine, France.
41 Had two daughters with his third wife, Jacqueline de Croisset: Mia Brynner (adopted 1974, born in Vietnam) and Melody Brynner (adopted 1974, born in Vietnam).
42 Had one daughter with his second wife, Doris Kleiner: Victoria Brynner (born November 1962 in Switzerland).
43 Daughter Lark Brynner (born 1958) was born out of wedlock. She was raised by her mother, German actress Frances Martin.
44 Had one son with his first wife, actress Virginia Gilmore: Yul "Rock" Brynner II (born December 23, 1946).
45 In 1950, before he achieved fame, he was the director of a children's puppet show on CBS, Life with Snarky Parker (1950), which lasted barely eight months on the air before cancellation.

Net Worth & Salary

Anna and the King (1972) $20,000 per episode
Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966) £1
Solomon and Sheba (1959) $600,000


1 Deep authoritative voice
2 Unflinching gaze
3 Completely shaved head


1 [His Academy Award for Best Actor acceptance speech, 1957] I hope this is not a mistake, because I won't give it back for anything in the world. Thank you very much.
2 [on his character Chris Adams from The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)] Well... He's just a dirty bum. There are only two things clean about him: His gun and his soul.
3 I'm not of the can-kicking, shovel-carrying, ear-scratching, torn T-shirt school of acting. There are very few real men in the movies these days. Yet being a real man is the most important quality an actor can offer on the screen.
4 [Message recorded in January 1985, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer] Now that I'm gone, I tell you: Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that.
5 Girls have an unfair advantage over boys: If they can't get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb.
6 [to interviewers] Just call me a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.
7 People don't know my real self, and they're not about to find out.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6162 Hollywood Blvd.
1957 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The King and I (1956)
1956 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor The King and I (1956)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 10th place.
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Action Performance The Magnificent Seven (1960)
1957 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical The King and I (1956)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1956 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor The King and I (1956)



Death Rage 1976 Peter Marciani
Futureworld 1976 The Gunslinger
The Ultimate Warrior 1975 Carson
Westworld 1973 Gunslinger
The Serpent 1973 Col. Alexei Vlassov
Anna and the King 1972 TV Series King Mongkut / Uncle Patra
Fuzz 1972 The Deaf Man
Catlow 1971 Catlow
Romansa konjokradice 1971 Captain Stoloff
The Light at the Edge of the World 1971 Kongre
Adiós, Sabata 1970 Sabata / Indio Black
The Magic Christian 1969 Transvestite Cabaret Singer (uncredited)
The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 The Chairman
Bitka na Neretvi 1969 Vlado
The File of the Golden Goose 1969 Peter Novak
Villa Rides 1968 Pancho Villa
The Long Duel 1967 Sultan
The Double Man 1967 Dan Slater / Kalmar
Triple Cross 1966 Baron Von Grunen
Return of the Magnificent Seven 1966 Chris
The Poppy Is Also a Flower 1966 Colonel Salem
Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 Asher Gonen
Morituri 1965 Captain Mueller
Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 Jules Gaspard d'Estaing
Flight from Ashiya 1964 TSgt. Mike Takashima
Kings of the Sun 1963 Chief Black Eagle
Taras Bulba 1962 Taras Bulba
Escape from Zahrain 1962 Sharif
Goodbye Again 1961 Extra in nightclub scene (uncredited)
The Magnificent Seven 1960 Chris Larabee Adams
Surprise Package 1960 Nico March
Testament of Orpheus 1960 L'huissier / Court usher (uncredited)
Once More, with Feeling! 1960 Victor Fabian
The Children of Lindos 1960 Short Nico March
Solomon and Sheba 1959 Solomon
The Sound and the Fury 1959 Jason Compson
The Journey 1959 Major Surov
The Buccaneer 1958 Jean Lafitte
The Brothers Karamazov 1958 Dmitri Karamazov
Anastasia 1956 General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine
The Ten Commandments 1956 Rameses
The King and I 1956 King Mongkut of Siam
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie King Mongkut of Siam (segment 'King and I, The')
Omnibus 1953 TV Series Francois Villon
Studio One in Hollywood 1949-1950 TV Series Dr. Nestri
Port of New York 1949 Paul Vicola
Fireside Theatre 1949 TV Series
Mr. Jones and His Neighbors 1944 TV Series Mr. Jones


15 Million Men Without a Country 1969 TV Movie documentary
Omnibus 1953 TV Series 2 episodes
Danger 1950-1953 TV Series 5 episodes
Sure As Fate 1950-1951 TV Series 4 episodes
Starlight Theatre 1950 TV Series 3 episodes
We Take Your Word 1950 TV Series 1950-1951
Actor's Studio 1949-1950 TV Series 2 episodes
Life with Snarky Parker 1950 TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood 1949 TV Series 2 episodes
Mr. I. Magination 1949 TV Series some episodes


Great Performances 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The King and I 1956 performer: "A Puzzlement" 1951, "Act I Finale" 1951, "Song of the King" 1951, "Shall We Dance" 1951 - uncredited
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie performer: "A Puzzlement"


Life with Snarky Parker 1950 TV Series producer


Anita no perd el tren 2001 grateful acknowledgment


The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Presenter
My Friend Nicholas 1961 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
CBS Reports 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
Mission to No-Man's Land 1960 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The Profile of a Miracle 1959 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
Cinépanorama 1959 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood - Ein Vorort in vier Anekdoten 1959 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
What's My Line? 1957 TV Series Himself
Behind the Screen 1956 Documentary short Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Himself - Actor
Penthouse Party 1950 TV Series Himself
Mr. and Mrs. 1948 TV Series Himself - Host
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Winner: Special Tony Award
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
New York, New York 1985 TV Series Himself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Himself
Good Morning America 1975-1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
Lost to the Revolution 1980 Short Himself - Narrator (voice)
The Royal Variety Performance 1979 1979 TV Special
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Over Easy 1978 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1976-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dinah! 1975-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1977 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor / Himself / ...
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1973-1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
Apollo Soyuz 1975 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Russell Harty Plus 1974 TV Series Himself
On Location with Westworld 1973 Short Himself (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
Cinema 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
Parkinson 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Performer
Light at the Edge of the World: Promotion 1971 Documentary short Himself
Will the Real Mr Sellers.....? 1969 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pancho Villa: Myth or Man? 1968 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1967 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
Man Is to Man... 1962 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator

Archive Footage

No Sleep TV3 2015-2016 TV Series Chris Larabee Adams / Gunslinger
I Am Steve McQueen 2014 Documentary Chris Larabee Adams (in 'The Magnificent Seven')
Spanish Western 2014 Documentary Himself
Österreich-Bild 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012 Documentary Himself
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II 2012 TV Movie documentary The King of Siam
100 Years of the London Palladium 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Naked Archaeologist 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Rameses Solomon
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Rameses
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary King Mongkut of Siam (in 'The King and I')
Great Performances 2003 TV Series
Meine Schwester Maria 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show 2000 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Omnibus 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial 1999 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
... y otras mujeres de armas tomar 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Century of Science Fiction 1996 Video documentary Himself
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'My Fair Lady' 1995 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Kicking & Screaming 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Rameses, 'The Ten Commandments' (uncredited)
Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself / Various characters
Alma Cogan: The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice 1991 TV Short documentary Himself
60 Minutes 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Ingrid 1984 Documentary Himself, clip from 'Anastasia' (uncredited)
It's Showtime 1976 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Kongre from film LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself

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