He was a charismatic and engaging star of stage and screen, and in 1959, the United Nations asked him to lend his talents to support efforts to aid the world’s refugees.
Russian-born actor, filmmaker and photographer Yul Brynner was appointed a special consultant to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in connection with World Refugee Year. He visited refugee camps around the world and, through his work — including film and radio — helped highlight the plight of millions of displaced people.
As we mark World Refugee Day, this edition of Podcast Classics features “Pattern of Our Lives”, a UN Radio show for which the star of The King and I called on fellow leading actors to narrate a collection of stories, each based on the true-life experiences of refugees.
Music credits: “Our Names Engraved” and “The Zeppelin” by Blue Dot Sessions.