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Actor Yul Brynner’s ‘Voice From the Grave’

February 21, 1986 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Actor Yul Brynner, who died in October of lung cancer, is starring in a anti-smoking commercial that an American Cancer Society spokeswoman calls ″a voice from the grave.″

The 30-second public service announcment for the cancer society has been running since Wednesday. It shows Brynner looking sternly into the camera and saying, ″Now that I’m gone, don’t smoke, whatever you do, just don’t smoke.″

The screen fades to a symbol of the cancer society, and in the background, Brynner’s voice says, ″If I could take back that smoking we wouldn’t be talking about any cancer. I’m convinced of that.″


Spokeswoman Susan Islam called the commercial ″the most powerful personal indictment of smoking we’ve ever produced.″ She said the warning is ″a voice from the grave, who believed he died from lung cancer because he smoked.″

Brynner, most famous for his role as the King of Siam in ″The King and I,″ isn’t the first actor with cancer to speak out, said Ms. Islam. In 1968, actor William Tallman, who played prosecutor Hamilton Burger on the ″Perry Mason″ series, urged people not to smoke. He died of lung cancer four weeks after filming the appeal.