After his lung cancer had progressed to the terminal stage, Brynner taped a public service message urging others to quit smoking. At his request, the message was aired after his death, preceded by the announcement "Ladies and gentlemen, the late Yul Brynner".
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[to interviewers] Just call me a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.
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!" (it should be noted, in fairness, that...