Yul Brynner

Born: 7 July 1915, Vladivostock, Russia.
Died: 10 October 1985, New York, USA.

Yul Brynner rose to international stardom playing King Mongkut of Siam in the play, and subsequently the film 'The King and I', for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor.

Later he starred in John Sturges' 'The Magnificent Seven', a remake of Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai'

It is ironic that Brynner took the role of 'Sabata', originally played by Lee Van Cleef, in the second film in the series - 'Adios Sabata'. Lee Van Cleef was unavailable to star due to his previous commitment to 'The Magnificent Seven Ride' where he plays Chris Adams, the role made famous by Brynner.

Actually, 'Adios Sabata' was not initially intended as a 'Sabata' movie, but the title and character's name were changed from 'Indio Black' to cash in on the success of the previous film.

But it is as the gunslinger robot turned bad in Michael Crichton's 'Westworld' that I think Brynner is at his best.

Spaghetti credentials:
Adios Sabata (1970)