Michael York (actor)
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York in 1986, photographed by Allan Warren
|Born||Michael Hugh Johnson
27 March 1942
Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
|Education||Bromley Grammar School for Boys|
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia McCallum (m. 1968)|
York was born in Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, the son of Florence Edith May (née Chown), a musician; and Joseph Gwynne Johnson, a Llandovery-born Welsh ex-Royal Artillery British Army officer and executive with Marks and Spencer department stores. York has an older sister, Penelope Anne (born 1940) and younger twin sisters, Caroline and Bridget (born 1947) but Bridget died a few hours after birth, according to his autobiography. He was brought up in Burgess Hill, Sussex. During his teenage years, York was educated at Bromley Grammar School for Boys, Bromley, London, Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex and at University College, Oxford. He began his career in a 1956 production of The Yellow Jacket. In 1959 he made his West End début with a small part in a production of Hamlet.
York now lives in California, USA,[when?] and has become a U.S. citizen.[clarification needed] He met photographer Patricia McCallum in 1967 when she was assigned to photograph him, and they married on 27 March 1968, York's twenty- sixth birthday. His stepson is Star Wars producer Rick McCallum. York was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1977.
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Prior to graduating with a degree in English from the University of Oxford in 1964, York had toured with the National Youth Theatre, also performing with the Oxford University Dramatic Society and the University College Players. After some time with the Dundee Repertory Theatre, where he played in Brendan Behan's The Hostage, York joined National Theatre under Laurence Olivier where he worked with Franco Zeffirelli during the 1965 staging of Much Ado About Nothing.
Following his role on British TV as Jolyon (Jolly) in The Forsyte Saga (1967), York made his film debut as Lucentio in Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew (1967), then was cast as Tybalt in Zeffirelli's 1968 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. He also starred in an early Merchant Ivory Productions film, The Guru (1969). He played an amoral bisexual drifter in Harold Prince's film Something for Everyone (1970) opposite Angela Lansbury as the countess who hires York as her footman. He then went on to portray the bisexual Brian Roberts in Bob Fosse's film version of Cabaret (1972), opposite Liza Minnelli. In 1977, he reunited with Zeffirelli as John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth.
York starred as D'Artagnan in the 1973 adaptation of The Three Musketeers and he made his Broadway début in the original production of Tennessee Williams's Out Cry. One year later the sequel to The Three Musketeers was released (roughly covering events in the second half of the book) titled The Four Musketeers. . Fifteen years later, most of the cast (and crew) joined together in a third film titled The Return of the Musketeers based on the Dumas novel Twenty Years After. He also played the title character in the film adaptation of Logan's Run (1976). The following year, he starred in The Island of Dr. Moreau opposite Burt Lancaster.
Since his auspicious early work, York has enjoyed a busy and varied career in film, television, and on the stage. He appeared in two episodes in the second season of the Road to Avonlea series as Ezekiel Crane, the lighthouse keeper of Avonlea and foster father of Gus Pike. His Broadway theatre credits include Bent (1980), The Crucible (1992), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (1993), and the ill-fated musical The Little Prince and the Aviator (1982), which closed during previews. He also has made many sound recordings as a reader, including Harper Audio's production of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
York appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "A Late Delivery From Avalon" as a delusional man who believed himself to be King Arthur returned. He also appeared as Professor Asher Fleming, a 60-year-old Yale professor and boyfriend of Yale student Paris Geller (Liza Weil) in the fourth season of Gilmore Girls. He performed the voice of the character Ares in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Hawk & Dove", as well as Dr. Montague Kane in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Zatanna" and Kanto in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Tools of the Trade". York starred in both The Omega Code and its sequel, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, as Stone Alexander, the Antichrist from Christian eschatology.
York also played President Alexander Bourne of Macronesia on seaQuest 2032. He played Basil Exposition in all three of the Austin Powers films. He has made an appearance on The Simpsons as Mason Fairbanks, Homer Simpson's possible father, in "Homer's Paternity Coot". In 2006, York played the character Bernard Fremont (inspired by real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj) in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Slither". He also appeared as himself in several episodes of the third season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2009, he lent his voice to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
York voiced Petrie's uncle Pterano in The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire. York was the narrator in the audio New Testament project, Word of Promise, produced by Jim Caviezel. York again played King Arthur in a revival of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, which began its run at the La Mirada Theatre in Southern California, and toured nationally in 2006 and 2007.
York portrays "Luke" in The Truth & Life Dramatised Audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour audio dramatization of the New Testament, which uses the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition translation.
- 1967 The Taming of the Shrew
- 1967 Liebesbekenntnisse
- 1967 Smashing Time
- 1967 Accident
- 1967 Red and Blue
- 1968 The Strange Affair
- 1968 Romeo and Juliet - Tybalt Capulet
- 1969 The Guru
- 1969 Alfred the Great
- 1969 Justine
- 1970 Something for Everyone
- 1971 La Poudre d'escampette
- 1971 Zeppelin
- 1972 Cabaret
- 1973 The Three Musketeers
- 1973 England Made Me
- 1973 Lost Horizon
- 1974 Great Expectations
- 1974 Murder on the Orient Express
- 1975 Conduct Unbecoming
- 1975 The Four Musketeers
- 1976 Logan's Run
- 1976 Seven Nights in Japan
- 1977 Jesus of Nazareth
- 1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste
- 1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau
- 1978 Fedora
- 1978 Much Ado About Nothing
- 1979 The Riddle of the Sands
- 1979 A Man Called Intrepid
- 1980 Final Assignment
- 1981 The White Lions
- 1983 The Weather in the Streets
- 1983 Au Nom de Tous les Miens
- 1983 The Phantom of the Opera
- 1984 Success Is the Best Revenge
- 1984 The Master of Ballantrae (1984 TV film)
- 1985 Nevil Shute's the Far Country
- 1985 James A. Michener's Space
- 1985 British Rock The First Wave
- 1986 Storybook Series, Vol. 4
- 1986 Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth
- 1986 L'Aube
- 1986 The Far Country
- 1986 Sword of Gideon
- 1986 Dark Mansions
- 1987 Un Delitto Poco Comune
- 1987 Lethal Obsession
- 1987 Spaceballs (uncredited)
- 1988 The Secret of the Sahara aka Il Segreto Del Sahara
- 1988 Midnight Cop
- 1988 The Four Minute Mile
- 1989 The Return of the Musketeers
- 1989 Till We Meet Again
- 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman
- 1990 Night of the Fox
- 1990 Come See the Paradise
- 1990 Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales and Legends: Ponce de Leon
- 1991 The Heat of the Day
- 1991 Eline Vere
- 1991 Road to Avonlea: All That Glitters
- 1991 Road to Avonlea: Sea Ghost
- 1991 Duel of Hearts
- 1992 Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
- 1992 Wide Sargasso Sea
- 1992 The Long Shadow
- 1993 Batman: The Animated Series (voice)
- 1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York
- 1994 Discretion Assured
- 1995 Not of This Earth
- 1995 The Magic School Bus (voice)
- 1996 September
- 1996 Danielle Steel's The Ring
- 1996 Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon
- 1997 The Long Way Home
- 1997 True Women
- 1997 Dark Planet
- 1997 The Treat
- 1997 A Christmas Carol
- 1997 Goodbye America
- 1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- 1997 The Ripper
- 1998 Glory, Glory
- 1998 54
- 1998 A Dirty Little Business
- 1998 Perfect Little Angels
- 1998 One Hell of a Guy
- 1998 Wrongfully Accused
- 1998 A Knight in Camelot
- 1999 The Haunting of Hell House also titled Henry James' The Ghostly Rental
- 1999 The Omega Code
- 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- 1999 Puss in Boots
- 2000 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire - Pterano (voice)
- 2000 Founding Fathers: You Say You Want a Revolution
- 2000 Founding Fathers: Rebels...With a Cause
- 2000 Borstal Boy
- 2000 A Monkey's Tale
- 2000 Founding Fathers: A Healthy Constitution
- 2000 Founding Fathers: Taking Liberties
- 2001 Criminal Desire
- 2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
- 2002 Liberty's Kids
- 2002 Founding Brothers: The Evolution of a Revolution, Part Three - Parties
- 2002 Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union, Part Two - Government
- 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
- 2002 Founding Brothers: The Evolution of a Revolution, Part Four - Posterity
- 2002 Founding Brothers: A More Perfect Union, Part One - Leadership
- 2002 A Very Merry Pooh Year Narrator
- 2003 La Femme Musketeer
- 2003 Gilmore Girls: Ted Koppel's Night Out
- 2004 The Remains of the Piano
- 2004 Moscow Heat
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: Luke Can See Her Face
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: Afterboom
- 2004 Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: The Nanny and the Professor
- 2004 Crusader
- 2005 Icon
- 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent: "Slither"
- 2007 Flatland: The Movie
- 2008 Świadectwo (Polish and Italian film, as narrator)
- 2008 Testimony
- 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- 2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- 2010 Pravosudiye volkov
- 2010 How I Met Your Mother
- 2010 The Mill and the Cross
- 2010 Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (voice actor)
- Accidentally on Purpose (US), Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-79591-0.
- Traveling Player (UK), Headline. ISBN 0-7472-3306-3.
- Big Headed (AU), Random House. ISBN 0-586-53649-9
- Also available in other editions
- York is also the co-author, with director Adrian Brine, of A Shakespearean Actor Prepares, Smith & Kraus, ISBN 1-57525-189-2.
- York portrayed the character J. Saint Gideon in the Tex Murphy: Overseer computer game.
- "Michael York Biography (1942-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "Michael York from Chris & Don: A Love Story - Celebrity Milestones at Film.com". Film.com. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
- "Michael York | Actor". Big Think. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
- Vanity Fair
- Walker, Tim (27 Apr 2013). "Cabaret star Michael York’s secret battle against killer illness". The Telegraph.
- "Michael York has blood disorder". 3 News NZ. 30 April 2013.
- "At-A-Glance Film Reviews: The Three Musketeers (1973)". A.rinkworks.com. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
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- Michael York at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Michael York at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael York at the TCM Movie Database
- Michael York at the Internet Broadway Database
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- Biography at Yahoo movies
- Works by or about Michael York (actor) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)