Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Tribute to Yul Brynner: a Hollywood Great

One actor in Hollywood who exuded a masculinity and macho appeal was Yul Brynner. In the fifties and early sixties Yul Brynner was one of the top stars of Hollywood. He was a star who appeared in numerous films with bald head, with not a hair on his scalp, yet he was adulated by the masses and he gave some stupendous hits.To get a measure of the sex appeal of Yul Brynner one has only to see the movie "Solomon and Sheba', where Yul Brynner played the role of Solomon the great Jew king who loved the queen of Sheba played by the sexiest star on the Hollywood screen- Gina Lollobrigida.

Yul Brynner was born in Russia in 1920 and his real name was Taidje Khan. He migrated to the US and became an American citizen in 1943. Before that he had worked as a radio announcer for the US Army. Yul Brynner is known for his roles as the bald gun man in 'The Magnificent Seven: and the Egyptian Pharaoh in "TheTen Commandments'.Earlier he had made a tremendous impact in the movie'The King and I'. Among his other films is The brothers Karamazov, Taras Bulba, Death Rage, The Ultimate warrior among others

Brynner was a natural actor and died in 1985 of cancer. He was an inveterate smoker and contracted lung cancer.But all along he led a checkered life and was married 4 times. In 1965 he renounced his American citizenship to escape the tax laws of the USA.
Yul Brynner was acknowledged as a great actor and won the Oscar for the best actor for his role in 'The King and I'. Now that the dust has settled critic do acknowledge that Yul Brynner was an actor par excellence and deserves a place in Hollywood's hall of fame.