Obit of the Day: Dead Together
October 10, 1985
Yul Brynner - The Russian-born actor earned his fame playing King Mongkut of Siam in the Broadway production, The King and I. Mr. Brynner would perform the role 4,625 times over 34 years. He would win a Tony for his performance in 1951 and again in 1985. He also won an Oscar for the same role in the film version of The King and I (1956).
His other legendary roles included Ramses in The Ten Commandments (1956), Chris Larabee Adams in The Magnificent Seven (1960), and OOTD’s favorite, the gunslinger in Westworld (1973).
Yul Brynner died on October 10, 1985 at the age of 65. The cause was lung cancer.
Random fact: Mr Brynner shaved his head for The King and I but maintained the look for the remainder of his career, wearing hairpieces when necessary.
Orson Welles - Voted the greatest film director of all time by the British Film Institute, Mr. Welles’ work was largely overlooked in the United States. Breaking through in 1939 with his classic, Citizen Kane (ranked the greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998) for which he earned his one and only Academy Award (for screenwriting), it was a popular failure losing $150,000.
Welles would direct only ten feature length films in his lifetime including The Magnificent Ambersons (1940), Macbeth (1948), Othello (1952), and Touch of Evil (1958). Mr. Welles also excelled as an actor appearing in dozens of film and television roles and was named as the 16th greatest American film actor by AFI.
Orson Welles died on October 10, 1985 at the age of 70.
Random note: Orson Welles was the director for the October 30, 1938 radio drama ”War of the Worlds” for Mercury Theatre On the Air. The performance was so realistic that millions of listeners believed that Martians were landing in New Jersey. Mr. Wells had to publicly apologize for creating a panic. (You can listen to a full recording here. Mr. Welles appears as Prof. Pearson, at 6:03.)
Sources: Wikipedia and IMDB.com
(Image of Yul Brynner, 1957, is from yul.tumblr.com. Image of Orson Welles, undated is courtesy of the Aberdeen Collection)
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Yul Brynner and Orson Welles died on the same day? Wow.