Happy Birthday: Yul Brynner (1920–1985)

Yul Brynner (1920–1985)
Date of Birth 11 July 1920, Vladivostok, Primorskaya Oblast, Far Eastern Republic [now Primorsky Krai, Russia]
Date of Death 10 October 1985, New York City, New York, USA (lung cancer)
Birth Name Yuli Borisovich Bryner
Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

[to interviewers] Just call me a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.

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.

[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.

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.
[on his character Chris Adams from The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Return of the Seven (1966)] Well… He’s just a dirty bum. There are only two things clean about him: His gun and his soul.

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