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Ten fun facts about Michael York


1. Michael York, the renowned British actor, was born on 27 March 1942

Michael York, the renowned British actor, was born on 27 March 1942 in the small village of Fulmer, England. He has since gone on to star in a number of iconic films, including Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. York has also appeared in numerous television shows, including The Forsyte Saga, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and The Nanny. His career has spanned over five decades, and he continues to be a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

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2. Michael York's Star-Studded Career Kicks Off in '56

Michael York began his illustrious career in 1956 with a production of The Yellow Jacket, and shortly thereafter made his West End debut in a small role in the renowned play Hamlet. This marked the start of a long and successful career for the actor, who has since gone on to appear in numerous films, television shows, and stage productions.

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3. Michael York Becomes an American Citizen

Michael York, the British actor best known for his roles in films such as Cabaret and Logan's Run, has recently become an American citizen. After living in the United States for many years, York decided to take the oath of allegiance and officially become a citizen of the United States. He is now able to enjoy all the rights and privileges that come with being an American citizen.

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4. Actor Suffers from Rare Disease

In 2013, Michael York made a shocking announcement that he was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease that affects the body's organs and tissues. This disease has had a profound effect on his voice and face, leaving him with a weakened voice and a swollen face. Despite this, he has continued to work in the entertainment industry, appearing in films and television shows, and even writing a book about his experience with the disease.

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5. Actor Before He Was Famous

Prior to graduating from the University of Oxford in 1964, Michael York had already established himself as a talented actor. He had toured with the National Youth Theatre, and performed with the Oxford University Dramatic Society and the University College Players. His performances were so impressive that he was able to make a name for himself before even graduating from university.

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6. From Shakespeare to the Stage

In 1965, Michael York began his career with the National Theatre, working under the direction of the legendary Laurence Olivier. That same year, he was cast in Franco Zeffirelli's production of Much Ado About Nothing, marking the start of a long and successful collaboration between the two. York's performance in the play was highly praised, and it was the beginning of a long and successful career in the theatre.

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7. From BBC's The Forsyte Saga to The Taming of the Shrew

Michael York made his movie debut in 1967, starring as Lucentio in the Franco Zeffirelli-directed adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Prior to this, he had gained recognition for his role as Jolly in the BBC's The Forsyte Saga, which aired in 1967. York's performance in The Taming of the Shrew earned him critical acclaim, and he went on to star in a number of other films, including Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, and Austin Powers.

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8. Voice of Luke in 'The Truth & Life'

Michael York, the renowned actor, has lent his voice to the role of "Luke" in The Truth & Life, a fully dramatized audio New Testament. This audio version of the Bible uses the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition translation, which is a translation of the Bible that is widely used by the Catholic Church. York's involvement in this project is a testament to his commitment to the Catholic faith and his dedication to bringing the Bible to life for listeners.

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9. Coming Home

In 2008, Michael York starred in the show Coming Home, which explored his Welsh family history. The show followed York as he journeyed through Wales, uncovering the stories of his ancestors and learning about the culture and history of the country. Along the way, he visited various locations, including his family's ancestral home, and spoke with locals to gain a better understanding of his heritage. The show was a unique and personal look into the life of one of Wales' most famous sons.

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10. Michael York Voices Pterano in "Land Before Time"

Michael York lent his voice to the character of Pterano, Petrie's uncle, in the seventh installment of the animated movie series The Land Before Time. Pterano is a Pteranodon, a species of pterosaur, and is a major antagonist in the movie. He is portrayed as a scheming and manipulative character who is willing to do anything to get what he wants. Michael York's performance as Pterano was praised by critics and fans alike, making him a memorable character in the Land Before Time franchise.

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