Michael York


3/27/1942 (80 years old)

Educated at Oxford University, Michael York received his first professional acting experience with the Dundee Repertory. York made his first film appearance in 1962, and shortly thereafter was signed by Olivier's National Theatre. Scoring a major success in Franco Zeffirelli's 1965 staging of Much Ado About Nothing, York went on to film stardom in the Zeffirelli-directed adaptations Taming of the Shrew (1967, as Lucentio) and Romeo and Juliet (1968, as Tybalt). His best-known movie roles include Brian Roberts, the bisexual protagonist of Cabaret (1972), whose "coming out" line is one of the most memorable bits of dialogue in screen history. He also registered well as the wide-eyed D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's Three Musketeers (1973) and Four Musketeers (1974), and as the futuristic hero in Logan's Run (1975). His TV work has ranged from an occasional role in The Forsyte Saga (1969) to the larger part of Charles Scott in the 1986 episodes of Knot's Landing. His more prestigious TV-movie assignments have included John the Baptist in Jesus of the Nazareth and Mr. Murdstone in the 1993 British multi-parter David Copperfield. After making his Broadway debut in 1973's Outcry, he has periodically returned to the Great White Way in such productions as Bent, The Little Prince and the Aviator, The Crucible, and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Though he never seems to have been out of work, Michael York has elucidated the disappointments and setbacks of the acting profession in his lively autobiography Accidentally on Purpose (1991).