Michael York recently celebrated his 50th year as a professional actor, having created an impressive body of work on stage, screen and with recordings. After early performances with Britain’s Youth Theatre and at Oxford University, he joined Laurence Olivier’s new National Theatre Company and later made his film debut in Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew (1967).
York’s more than 60 subsequent movie credits include ROMEO AND JULIET (1968), Something for Everyone (1970), Cabaret (1972), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Three Musketeers (1973), Logan’s Run (1976), The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974), MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974), Conduct Unbecoming (1975), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) and Fedora (1978). He played in all three Austin Powers movies and both Omega Code films.
Television work, with several Emmy-nominations, includes The Forsyte Saga, Great Expectations, Space, The Far Country, The Heat of the Day, The Lot, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Simpsons. He recently starred in The Four Seasons and The Mill and the Cross.
Among his Broadway credits are Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Bent, The Little Prince, The Crucible and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Outcry. He played King Arthur in a US tour of Camelot and most recently appeared in My Fair Lady at Washington’s Kennedy Center.
York has narrated over 100 audio books and documentaries, many award-winning, as well as the Tennyson/Strauss Enoch Arden which he performed internationally in concert. He is the narrator of a new audio Bible, The Word of Promise, as well as the documentary Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies (2008), with the recorded voice of America’s Sweetheart herself (US TV premiere on TCM)
Besides presenting Shakespeare with music at the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, he has performed concerts with the Aspen Music Festival, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as Walton’s Henry V with Sir Neville Marriner. He was Salieri in Amadeus, narrated Egmont and most recently performed “Lisztian Loves” with pianist Andre Watts. His extensive radio work includes broadcasts for L.A. Classic Theatre Works and many for BBC Radio 4, notably The Browning Version.
York’s autobiography, Accidentally on Purpose (now available as an eBook), was followed by A Shakespearean Actor Prepares, Dispatches from Armageddon and Are My Blinkers Showing: Filmmaking in the New Russia. He is about to publish a new book, The Readiness Is All: My Odyssey of Healing about his recent experiences dealing with a rare illness, Amyloidosis.
Awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres and, not least, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife Pat, the celebrated photographer.