Posted By thecircusblog on August 30, 2009
1920-1985 Yul Brynner was the son of Boris Bryner, a Swiss-Russian engineer and inventor, and Marousia Blagovidova, the daughter of a Russian doctor. He was born in their home town of Vladivostok on July 11. 1920, and named Yuli, after his grandfather Jules Bryner. He attended the exclusive Lycee Moncelle school, but dropped out and became a musician, playing guitar in the nightclubs and met luminaries such as Jean Cocteau and became an apprentice at the Theatre des Mathurins. He was an accomplished trapeze artist with the famed Cirque d’Hiver Co. He later traveled to the U.S. in 1941 to study with acting teacher Michael Chekhov and later toured the country with Chekhov’s theatrical group. In 1951 he was recommended for the part he would forever be known for: the King in Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”. The rest is history.