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Yul Brynner Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Children

Yul Brynner Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 71 kg
Date of Birth July 11, 1920
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Date of Death October 10, 1985

Yul Brynner was a Russian actor, stage artist, model, photographer, director, and producer who gained critical acclaim with his portrayal of King Mongkut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical The King and I, a role for which he won 2 Tony Awards. He appeared in numerous films like The King and I, The Ten Commandments, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, AnastasiaThe Brothers KaramazovThe Sound and the FuryThe Magnificent Seven, Kings of the SunCast a Giant Shadow, and Return of the Seven.

Born Name

Yuliy Borisovich Briner

Other Names

Yul Brynner, Youl Bryner

Yul Brynner as seen in a publicity press photo for the film 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960)
Yul Brynner as seen in a publicity press photo for the film ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960) (Unknown / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on July 11, 1920.


On October 10, 1985, Yul Brynner died of lung cancer at the age of 65 at New York Hospital in New York City, New York, United States.

Resting Place

Abbaye royale Saint-Michel de Bois-Aubry (near Luzé, France)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Vladivostok, Far Eastern Republic (now Primorsky Krai, Russia)





Yul Brynner studied in a school run by the YMCA.


Actor, Stage Artist, Model, Photographer, Director, Producer


  • Father – Boris Yuliyevich Briner (Mining Engineer, Inventor)
  • Mother – Marousia Dimitrievna (née Blagovidova) (Studied to be an actor and singer)
  • Siblings – Vera (January 17, 1916 – December 13, 1967) (Older Sister)
  • Others – Julius/Jules Joseph Ivanovich Bryner (Paternal Grandfather) (Established a successful import/export company), Natalya Yosifovna Kurkutova (Paternal Grandmother), Dmitry Yevrgafovich/Evgrafovich Blagovidov (Maternal Grandfather), Anna Timofeevna Kireeva (Maternal Grandmother)

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $10 Million at the time of his death.



Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida in 'Solomon and Sheba' (1959)
Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida in ‘Solomon and Sheba’ (1959) (Leo Fuchs (Photographer) / eBay / Public Domain)


5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


71 kg or 156.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Yul Brynner had dated –

  1. Christina Bellin
  2. Vicki Hodge
  3. Nancy Berg
  4. Lili St. Cyr
  5. Tallulah Bankhead
  6. Virginia Gilmore (1944-1960) – In 1944, he married his first wife Virginia Gilmore (an American actor). They were blessed with their first and only child together, a son named Yul “Rock” Brynner, on December 23, 1946. The child was nicknamed “Rock” when he was 6 years old in honor of boxer Rocky Graziano. The duo divorced in 1960.
  7. Marlene Dietrich (1950-1951)
  8. Katy Jurado (1951)
  9. Anita Ekberg (1952)
  10. Anne Baxter (1954-1955) – Yul Brynner dated American actor Anne Baxter from October 1954 to August 1955. They worked together in the 1956 epic religious drama film The Ten Commandments.
  11. Ingrid Bergman (1956) – He had an affair with Swedish actor Ingrid Bergman in 1956 and they also co-starred in the 1956 period drama film Anastasia.
  12. Claire Bloom (1956)
  13. Marilyn Monroe
  14. Gina Lollobrigida (1958-1959) – Yul Brynner had a short-term romance with Italian actor and model Gina Lollobrigida between 1958 and 1959. They co-starred in the 1959 epic historical romance film Solomon and Sheba.
  15. Doris Kleiner (1960-1967)​ – He married Chilean model Doris Kleiner on the set while shooting The Magnificent Seven in 1960. Their only child together, a daughter named Victoria Brynner (whose godmother was Audrey Hepburn), was born in November 1962. The couple divorced in 1967.
  16. Jacqueline Thion de la Chaume (1971-1981)​ – He was married to French socialite Jacqueline Thion de la Chaume from 1971 to 1981. They adopted 2 Vietnamese children: Mia (1974) and Melody (1975).
  17. Kathy Lee (1983-1985) – Yul Brynner married his 4th wife, a 26-year-old ballerina named Kathy Lee, on April 4, 1983, and they remained together until his death in 1985. The duo reportedly met in a production of The King and I.

Race / Ethnicity


Yul Brynner was of Russian and Swiss-German descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown (Natural)

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Unflinching gaze
  • Shaved head
  • Deep authoritative voice

Brand Endorsements

Brynner was cast in TV commercials for –

  • American Cancer Society (Anti-Smoking Commercial) (PSA) (1986)
  • Fujifilm (Japan)

He was also cast in print ads for Lauder’s Scotch whiskey between 1975 and 1976.

Yul Brynner as Ramesses II in 'The Ten Commandments' (1956)
Yul Brynner as Ramesses II in ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956) (Unknown Author / eBay / Public Domain)

Yul Brynner Facts

  1. He was born into a wealthy Swiss-Russian family of landowners and silver mining developers.
  2. He won the Academy Award for “Best Actor” for his role in the 1956 musical film The King and I.
  3. Yul Brynner was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Featured Image by Unknown / eBay / Public Domain

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