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An Actor Before His Time

Cover of "The King and I (50th Anniversar...

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If you’re 50 years or below, you probably haven’t heard of one of the greatest actors of the 50′s – Yul Brynner. This Russian actor was the Academy’s best actor for his role in The King and I in the fifties and is also remembered in his role of the Pharoah in The Ten Commandments.

"The King And I" - the most famous bald actor ever - Yul Brynner

What I do remember him very well for is his public service TV announcement in 1985, when, being a heavy smoker and knowing that he was having advanced lung cancer, he said, “Now that I’m gone, I tell you : Don’t smoke, whatever you do, don’t smoke”. The TV clip was only released posthumously. Here it is:

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