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Michael York

For many years, Michael York has brought joy and tears to audiences with his talents on screen and stage. Born in England in 1942, York is an alumnus of Britain's National Youth Theatre and of Oxford University where he appeared in over twenty stage productions. After graduating with honors in English, he made his professional theatre debut at the Dundee Repertory Theatre and then joined Laurence Olivier's new National Theatre Company in London, where he later played Hamlet.

Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew provided York's feature film debut opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Also for Zeffirelli, York played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth. For the past thirty years, York has starred in nearly fifty groundbreaking and critically acclaimed films including Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Something for Everyone, Murder On the Orient Express, Conduct Unbecoming, Logan's Run, Fedora and The Island of Dr. Moreau, among many more. He has recently finished filming the comedy Merchants of Venus with Beverly D'Angelo and a millenial thriller, The Code.

His television credits are incredibly varied and include: The Forsyte Saga, A Man Called Intrepid, The Heat of Day, Space, Fall From Grace and more recently, A Knight in Camelot, with Whoopi Goldberg

After playing Hamlet in London, York made his American stage debut in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' Out Cry on Broadway, where he also appeared in Bent, The Little Prince, The Crucible and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. His regional work includes a 'Cyrano' at Santa Fe.

As well as being featured in radio theatre, York has also recorded over 50 audio books, including a version of his best-selling autobiography Accidentally on Purpose and his children's book The Magic Paw-Paw, and a Grammy-nominated Treasure Island.

Presently, York, the Chairman of the California Youth Theatre, lives in Los Angeles with his wife Pat. His service to the arts has been recognized by the Award of the Order of the British Empire.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Michael York Facts

Birth NameMichael York-Johnson
BirthdayMarch 27, 1942 (81)
BirthplaceFulmer, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Nothing to Fear
Holiday Knights
Perchance to Dream
The Demon's Quest: Part 1
Dark Planet
The Lady and the Highwayman
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
The Land Before Time: The Complete Collection
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire
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