Be My Guest - Yul Brynner

The star of 'The King and I' (1956) and 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960), Yul Brynner (pictured above in 1956), remembers busking with his guitar in Paris, trying out for a circus trapeze act and treading the boards in touring productions of Shakespeare's plays. He also recalls the impromptu audition that would lead Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to cast him in what is, perhaps, his most famous role: the King of Siam in 'The King and I'.

Yul Brynner starred in the stage version of 'The King and I' on 4,525 occasions, starting with the first Broadway production in 1951 and continuing throughout the span of his subsequent career. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his part in the 1956 screen version and even reprised the role in a farewell stage run in 1985 after learning that he was dying of lung cancer.

↗ Originally broadcast 20 July 1972.

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