Message on Smoking by Yul Brynner

On October 10, 1985, at age 65, Yul Brynner dies of lung cancer in a New York hospital. After he died, in October of that year, officials at the American Cancer Society had the idea of using the footage from “Good Morning America” to make a public service announcement, the announcement, completed in 1985 and first aired in early 1986, remains one of the most memorable antismoking statements ever made in the whole world. You can read here an english translation I made from the full text of the message…

The Real King of Siam

Considered as one of the most important monarchs of the Chakri dynasty, one of the most revered of their time, or by the Thai people as “The Father of Thai Scientists”, the real King of Siam, King Mongkut or also known as Phrabat Somdet Phra Pormen Maha Mongkut, Phra Chom Klao Chaoyouhua, or Rama IV, was born on October 18, 1804, in the Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) as the second son of Pra Bhuddha Loetlar Naphalai, who became King Rama II when Mongkut was five, and Somdej Pra Srisuriyentramart….

The King and I

Yul Brynner became a Broadway legend over the years with his role of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I”, he played it for both the Broadway production, and for the film version. This play was based on a novel by Margaret Landon, called “Anna and the King of Siam”, which was published in 1943, and sold the musical play rights in 1950. As an interesting note, Yul Brynner played King Mongkut of Siam in 7 different theatrical productions of The King and…

Biography (or sort of)

Things to bear in mind before you read this biography: It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma: Churchill about Russia. Russian rhetorical device, telling small half-truths for amusement and not self-advantage: about vranyo. There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know: the King of Siam. But is a puzzlement!: the King of Siam. People don’t know my real self, and they’re not about to find out: Yul Brynner. Razor blades and mystery: Yul Brynner. The fundamental rule is never…


Yul Brynner learned to play the Russian seven-stringed guitar since he was a child, and this way, he became an accomplished guitarist and singer. During his early period in Europe he used to play and sing Gypsy songs in Parisian nightclubs with Aliosha Dimitrievitch. We can listen to some of his music in films like Anastasia, or The Brothers Karamazov, for example. Years later, in 1967, Yul and Aliosha released an LP album, called “The Gypsy and I: Yul Brynner Sings Gypsy Songs”. The following text comes from that album….