What was Yul Brynner’s national origin? November 4, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Movies Yul Brynner was born on July 12, 1915, on Sakhalin, an island east of Siberia and north of Japan. In the late 1960s Brynner moved to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen. His ancestry was part Gypsy. He died in 1985. Related PostsWhat is Audrey Hepburn’s national origin?What is the national origin of Merchant and Ivory, the producers of Heat and Dust (1983) and A Room With a View (1986)?What is the national origin of most Hispanics in the U.S.?What’s the origin of the word hijack?What is the origin of the phrase 23-Skiddoo?