TMI (Today’s Movie Info)
In 1959, Mary Martin (Larry Hagman‘s mother) recommended Brynner for the lead Rodgers and Hammerstein’s new Broadway production, “The King and I”. He went on to also star in the film version in 1956 with Deborah Kerr, and he won an Oscar for Best Actor. Mr. Brynner had a strong film career, while being most associated with his clean-shaven head.
He played Rameses against Charleston Heston‘s Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956)
In 1960, he was one of The Magnificent Seven … with Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Bucholz
In the 70’s he returned to the stage and, for the rest of his life, he toured the world performing “The King and I”.
One of only eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same roles on stage and screen. The others are Joel Grey in Cabaret (1972), Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady (1964), Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker (1962), Paul Scofield in A Man for All Seasons (1966), Jose Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and Jack Albertson in The Subject Was Roses (1968).
Mr. Brynner died of lung cancer in 1985 at the age of 65.