Starred (as "The King") in "The King and I" on Broadway. Revival.
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[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.
Yul's paternal grandfather, Julius Bryner, was of Swiss-German origin (the son of Johannes Bruner and Marie Huber Von Windisch). Yul's paternal grandmother, Natalya Losifovna Kurkutova, was Russian, from Irkutsk, and was said to be of part Mongolian/Buryat ancestry. Yul's mother was Russian, and was also said to be of part Russian Jewish ancestry through her own grandfather.