Michael York

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Michael York
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Michael York in 2008
Born Michael Hugh Johnson
(1942-03-27) 27 March 1942 (age 73)
Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Education Bromley Grammar School for Boys
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Patricia McCallum (m. 1968)
Website www.michaelyork.net

Michael York, OBE (born Michael Hugh Johnson; 27 March 1942) is an English actor.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[citation needed] 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.[3]

In 2013, York announced he was suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis.[4] Doctors initially thought he had bone cancer.[5] In 2012 he underwent a stem transplant, which can alleviate symptoms.[6]

Career[edit]

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. .[7] 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.

Michael York in 1986

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.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Forsyte Saga Jolyon "Jolly" Forsyte
1977 Jesus of Nazareth John the Baptist
1974 Great Expectations Pip TV Film
1977 BBC2 Play of the Week: True Patriot Dietrich Bonhoeffer TV Film
1978 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick TV Film
1979 A Man Called Intrepid Evan Michaelian Miniseries
1981 Vendredi ou la Vie sauvage (fr) Robinson Crusoe TV Film
1983 The Phantom of the Opera (de) Michael Hartnell TV Film
1983 The Weather in the Streets Rollo Spencer TV Film
1984 The Master of Ballantrae James Durie TV Film
1985 Space Dieter Kolff Miniseries
1986 Storybook Series, Vol. 4 The Beast Voice Role
1986 Tall Tales & Legends: Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth Ponce de Leon
1986 Sword of Gideon Robert TV Film
1986 Dark Mansions Jason Drake TV Film
1986 Nevil Shute's The Far Country Carl Zlinter TV Film
1987-1988 Knots Landing Charles Scott 8 Episodes
1988 The Secret of the Sahara Desmond Jordan Miniseries
1988 The Four Minute Mile Franz Stampfl Miniseries
1989 The Lady and the Highwayman King Charles II TV Film
1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Paul de Lancel Miniseries
1990 The Heat of the Day Robert Kelway TV Film
1990 Night of the Fox Field Marshal Rommel TV Film
1991 Road to Avonlea Ezekiel Crane 2 Episodes
1991 Duel of Hearts Gervaise Warlingham TV Film
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Owen Voice Role, 3 Episodes
1992, 1993 Batman: The Animated Series Count Vertigo
Montague Kane
Voice Role, 2 Episodes
1993 Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn Narrator TV Documentary
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes On New York Central Park Acquaintance Comedy Special
1994 TekLab Prince Richard 1 Episode
1994 Fall from Grace Hans-Dieter Stromelburg TV Film
1994 Rochade Paul Grumbach TV Film
1995 Shadow of a Kiss Albert TV Film
1995-1996 seaQuest DSV President Alexander Bourne 3 Episodes
1995 The Magic School Bus Harry Herp Voice Role
1996 La Nouvelle tribu Ilya Miniseries
1996 September Edmund TV Film
1996 The Ring Walmar von Gotthard TV Film
1996 Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon David "King Arthur" McIntyre
1996 Un coup de baguette magique Ilya TV Film
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Kanto Voice Role
1997 Sliders Dr. Vargas
1997 True Women Lewis Lawshe Miniseries
1997 The Ripper Charles Warren TV Film
1998 Glory, Glory Rev. Hopewell Pilot
1998 A Knight in Camelot King Arthur TV Film
1998 Perfect Little Angels Dr. Calvin Lawrence TV Film
2000 Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton TV Documentary
2002 Liberty's Kids Admiral Lord Howe Voice Role
2002 Founding Brothers Alexander Hamilton TV Doumentary
2003 La Femme Musketeer D'Artagnan TV Film
2003-2004 Gilmore Girls Professor Asher Fleming 4 Episodes
2004 Crusader McGovern TV Film
2004 Justice League Unlimited Ares Voice Role
2005 Icon Nigel Irvine TV Film
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Bernard Fremont
2008 Four Seasons Stephen Combe Miniseries
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dr. Nuvo Vindi Voice Role

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Taming of the Shrew Lucentio
1967 Liefdesbekentenissen (nl) Peter, English photographer
1967 Accident William
1967 Red and Blue Short Film
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 (fr) 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 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 The Island of Dr. Moreau Andrew Braddock
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Beau Geste
1978 Fedora himself
1979 The Riddle of the Sands Charles Carruthers
1980 Final Assignment Lyosha Petrov
1981 The White Lions Chris McBride
1983 For Those I Loved Martin Gray
1984 Success Is the Best Revenge Alex Rodak
1985 British Rock: The First Wave Documentary
1986 L'Aube John Dawson
1987 Spaceballs Ape Uncredited
1987 Lethal Obsession (de) Dr. Proper, "the Ace"
1988 Phantom of Death Robert Dominici
1988 Midnight Cop Karstens
1989 The Return of the Musketeers D'Artagnan
1990 Come See the Paradise cameo
1991 Eline Vere Lawrence St. Clare
1992 The Long Shadow Gabor Romandy
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Paul Mason
1994 Discretion Assured Trevor McCabe
1995 Gospa Milan Vukovic
1995 A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Merlin
1995 Not of This Earth Paul Johnson
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Basil Exposition
1997 Goodbye America Senator Bladon
1997 Dark Planet Capt. Winter
1997 The Long Way Home Narrator Documentary
1997 A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchit Voice Role
1998 Merchants of Venus aka A Dirty Little Business Alex Jakoff
1998 Wrongfully Accused Ryan Harrison
1998 54 Ambassador
1998 The Treat Simon
1998 Lovers & Liars aka Criminal Desire Dick Bunche
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 Role
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 Borstal Boy Joyce
2000 A Monkey's Tale The Lankoo king (voice)
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Stone Alexander
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Basil Exposition
2002 A Very Merry Pooh Year Narrator
2004 Moscow Heat Roger Chambers
2007 Flatland: The Movie (short) Spherius (voice)
2008 Testimony: The Untold Story of Pope John Paul II (pl) Narrator Documentary
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Prime #1 Voice Role
2010 Pravosudiye volkov Mikhail Polyakov
2010 The Mill and the Cross Nicolaes Jonghelinck
2010 Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (voice)
2011 Glad Christmas Tidings Narrator

Autobiography[edit]

Also available in other editions

Other works[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael York profile at". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael York from Chris & Don: A Love Story". Film.com. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Profile VanityFair.com; accessed 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ Walker, Tim (27 Apr 2013). "Cabaret star Michael York’s secret battle against killer illness". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "Michael York has blood disorder". 3 News NZ. 30 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Bosley, Sarah (21 October 2013). "Michael York's battle with amyloidosis". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "At-A-Glance Film Reviews: The Three Musketeers (1973)". A.rinkworks.com. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Bookings, oldvictheatre.com; accessed 4 November 2014.

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