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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[His Academy Award for Best Actor acceptance speech, 1957] I hope this is not a mistake, because I won't give it back for anything in the world. Thank you very much.
When he found out he would be playing Pharaoh Rameses II opposite Charlton Heston
's Moses in The Ten Commandments
(1956) and that he would be shirtless for most of the film, he began a rigorous weight lifting program because he did not want to be physically overshadowed by Charlton Heston (which explains his buffer than normal physique during The King and I
(1956) another film he was set to work ...