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Michael York in 1986
|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)|
Michael York, OBE (born Michael Hugh Johnson; 27 March 1942) is an English actor.
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 & Spencer department stores. York has an older sister, Penelope Anne (born 1940) and younger twin sisters, Caroline and Bridget (born 1947); 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, Hurstpierpoint College and 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 was a member of National Youth Theatre
He met photographer Patricia McCallum in 1967 when she was assigned to photograph him, and they married on 27 March 1968, York's 26th 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. He starred in The Guru (1969), played an amoral bisexual drifter in Something for Everyone (1970) and portrayed the bisexual Brian Roberts in Bob Fosse's film version of Cabaret (1972). 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 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' 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) during 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.
He 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 a fictionalized version of himself in several episodes of the third season of Curb Your Enthusiasm as a fellow investor in Larry's new restaurant 'BoBo's. 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. In 2008, York took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about his Welsh family history. In September 2013, York played Albany in the Gala Performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear at The Old Vic in London.
- Film and television
- 1967 The Forsyte Saga (TV) … Jolyon "Jolly" Forsyte
- 1967 The Taming of the Shrew … Lucentio
- 1967 Liefdesbekentenissen … Peter, English photographer
- 1967 Accident … William
- 1967 Red and Blue (short)
- 1967 Smashing Time … Tom Wabe
- 1968 Romeo and Juliet … Tybalt Capulet
- 1968 The Strange Affair … Peter Strange
- 1969 The Guru … Tom Pickle
- 1969 Alfred the Great … Guthrum
- 1969 Justine … Darley
- 1970 Something for Everyone … Konrad Ludwig
- 1971 Zeppelin … Geoffrey Richter-Douglas
- 1971 La Poudre d'escampette … Basil
- 1972 Cabaret … Brian Roberts
- 1973 Lost Horizon … George Conway
- 1973 England Made Me … Anthony Farrant
- 1973 The Three Musketeers … D'Artagnan
- 1974 The Four Musketeers … D'Artagnan
- 1974 Great Expectations (TV film) … Pip
- 1974 Murder on the Orient Express … Count Rudolf Andrenyi
- 1975 Conduct Unbecoming … Lieutenant Arthur Drake
- 1976 Logan's Run … Logan 5
- 1976 Seven Nights in Japan … Prince George
- 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV miniseries) … John the Baptist
- 1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau … Andrew Braddock
- 1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste … Beau Geste
- 1977 BBC2 Play of the Week: True Patriot (TV film) … Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- 1978 Fedora … himself
- 1978 Much Ado About Nothing (TV film) … Benedick
- 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV miniseries) … Evan Michaelian
- 1979 The Riddle of the Sands … Charles Carruthers
- 1980 Final Assignment … Lyosha Petrov
- 1981 The White Lions … Chris McBride
- 1981 Vendredi ou la Vie sauvage (TV film) … Robinson Crusoe
- 1983 The Phantom of the Opera (TV film) … Michael Hartnell
- 1983 For Those I Loved … Martin Gray
- 1983 The Weather in the Streets (TV film) … Rollo Spencer
- 1984 The Master of Ballantrae (TV film) … James Durie
- 1984 Success Is the Best Revenge … Alex Rodak
- 1985 Space (TV miniseries) … Dieter Kolff
- 1985 British Rock: The First Wave (documentary)
- 1986 Storybook Series, Vol. 4 (TV) … The Beast (voice)
- 1986 Tall Tales & Legends: Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth (TV) … Ponce de Leon
- 1986 L'Aube … John Dawson
- 1986 Dark Mansions (TV film) … Jason Drake
- 1986 Sword of Gideon (TV film) … Robert
- 1986 Nevil Shute's The Far Country (TV film) … Carl Zlinter
- 1987 Spaceballs … Ape (uncredited)
- 1987 Lethal Obsession … Dr. Proper, "the Ace"
- 1987-1988 Knots Landing (TV series, 8 episodes) … Charles Scott
- 1988 The Secret of the Sahara (TV miniseries) … Desmond Jordan
- 1988 Phantom of Death … Robert Dominici
- 1988 Midnight Cop … Karstens
- 1988 The Four Minute Mile (TV miniseries) … Franz Stampfl
- 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV film) … King Charles II
- 1989 The Return of the Musketeers … D'Artagnan
- 1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again (TV miniseries) … Paul de Lancel
- 1990 Come See the Paradise … cameo
- 1990 The Heat of the Day (TV film) … Robert Kelway
- 1990 Night of the Fox (TV film) … Field Marshal Rommel
- 1991 Road to Avonlea: Sea Ghost (TV) … Ezekiel Crane
- 1991 Road to Avonlea: All That Glitters (TV) … Ezekiel Crane
- 1991 Eline Vere … Lawrence St. Clare
- 1991 Duel of Hearts (TV film) … Gervaise Warlingham
- 1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV series, 3 episodes) … Owen (voice)
- 1992 The Long Shadow … Gabor Romandy
- 1992 Batman: The Animated Series: Off Balance (TV) … Count Vertigo (voice)
- 1993 Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn (TV documentary) … Narrator
- 1993 Batman: The Animated Series: Zatanna (TV) … Montague Kane (voice)
- 1993 Wide Sargasso Sea … Paul Mason
- 1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York (TV film)
- 1994 TekLab (TV film) … Prince Richard
- 1994 Fall from Grace (TV film) … Hans-Dieter Stromelburg
- 1994 Discretion Assured … Trevor McCabe
- 1994 Rochade (TV film) … Paul Grumbach
- 1995 Gospa … Milan Vuković
- 1995 Shadow of a Kiss (TV film) … Albert
- 1995 A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court … Merlin
- 1995-1996 seaQuest DSV (TV series, 3 episodes) … President Alexander Bourne
- 1995 Not of This Earth … Paul Johnson
- 1995 The Magic School Bus: Cold Feet (TV) … Harry Herp (voice)
- 1996 La Nouvelle tribu (TV miniseries) … Ilya
- 1996 September (TV film) … Edmund
- 1996 The Ring (TV film) … Walmar von Gotthard
- 1996 Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon (TV) … David "King Arthur" McIntyre
- 1997 Superman: The Animated Series: Tools of the Trade (TV) … Kanto (voice)
- 1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery … Basil Exposition
- 1997 Sliders: This Slide of Paradise (TV) … Dr. Vargas
- 1997 True Women (TV miniseries) … Lewis Lawshe
- 1997 Goodbye America … Senator Bladon
- 1997 Dark Planet … Capt. Winter
- 1996 Un coup de baguette magique (TV film) … Ilya
- 1997 The Long Way Home (documentary) … Narrator
- 1997 The Ripper (TV film) … Charles Warren
- 1997 A Christmas Carol … Bob Cratchit (voice)
- 1998 Merchants of Venus aka A Dirty Little Business … Alex Jakoff
- 1998 Wrongfully Accused … Ryan Harrison
- 1998 54 … Ambassador
- 1998 The Treat … Simon
- 1998 Glory, Glory (TV film) … Rev. Hopewell
- 1998 Lovers & Liars aka Criminal Desire … Dick Bunche
- 1998 A Knight in Camelot (TV film) … King Arthur
- 1998 Perfect Little Angels (TV film) … Dr. Calvin Lawrence
- 1998 One Hell of a Guy … Devil
- 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me … Basil Exposition
- 1999 Puss in Boots … Puss in Boots (voice)
- 1999 The Omega Code … Stone Alexander
- 1999 The Haunting of Hell House aka Henry James' The Ghostly Rental … Professor Ambrose
- 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 … Joyce
- 2000 A Monkey's Tale … The Lankoo king (voice)
- 2000 Founding Fathers: A Healthy Constitution
- 2000 Founding Fathers: Taking Liberties
- 2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 … Stone Alexander
- 2002 Liberty's Kids (TV) … Admiral Lord Howe (voice)
- 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 … Basil Exposition
- 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 (TV film) … D'Artagnan
- 2003 Gilmore Girls: Ted Koppel's Night Out (TV) … Professor Asher Fleming
- 2004 Moscow Heat … Roger Chambers
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: Luke Can See Her Face (TV) … Professor Asher Fleming
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: Afterboom (TV) … Professor Asher Fleming
- 2004 Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove (TV) … Ares (voice)
- 2004 Gilmore Girls: The Nanny and the Professor (TV) … Professor Asher Fleming
- 2004 Crusader (TV film) … McGovern
- 2005 Icon (TV film) … Nigel Irvine
- 2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
- 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Slither (TV) … Bernard Fremont
- 2007 Flatland: The Movie (short) … Spherius (voice)
- 2008 Four Seasons (TV miniseries) … Stephen Combe
- 2008 Testimony: The Untold Story of Pope John Paul II (documentary) … Narrator
- 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen … Prime #1 (voice)
- 2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV) … Dr. Nuvo Vindi (voice)
- 2010 Pravosudiye volkov - Правосудие волков … Mikhail Polyakov
- 2010 How I Met Your Mother: Robots Versus Wrestlers (TV) … Jefferson Van Smoot
- 2010 The Mill and the Cross … Nicolaes Jonghelinck
- 2010 Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes … Sherlock Holmes (voice)
- 2011 Glad Christmas Tidings (narrator)
- Accidentally on Purpose (US), Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-79591-0.
- Traveling Player (UK), Headline. ISBN 0-7472-3306-3.
- 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 profile at". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
- "Michael York from Chris & Don: A Love Story". Film.com. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- Profile VanityFair.com; accessed 4 November 2014.
- 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.
- Bosley, Sarah (21 October 2013). "Michael York's battle with amyloidosis". The Guardian.
- "At-A-Glance Film Reviews: The Three Musketeers (1973)". A.rinkworks.com. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- Bookings, oldvictheatre.com; accessed 4 November 2014.
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