AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
MICHAEL YORK, an
actor of incredible versatility whose work can be seen in films, on television
and on stage for over 30 years reprises his role as Austin's superior in
"Austin Powers in Goldmember." Most recently he appeared in the
independent film "The Omega Code" and its sequel, "Megiddo."
York started his career
as a member of the National Youth Theatre in London and throughout Europe. He
studied at Oxford University (with fellow performers Terry Jones and Michael
Palin,) graduating with honors in English.
In 1965 York joined Sir
Lawrence Olivier's National Theatre Company in a production directed by Franco
Zeffirelli. A year later Zeffirelli called to ask him to join the cast of the
film "The Taming of the Shrew" starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor. York went on to appear in several of the director's films including
"Romeo and Juliet" and in his television miniseries "Jesus of
Nazareth." He went on to become one of Britain's most famous exports,
eventually being awarded the Order of the British Empire and the French Ordre
National des Arts et Lettres for his contribution to the arts.
Among his best
remembered movies are "Cabaret," "Something for Everyone,"
The Last Remake of Beau Geste," "The Three Musketeers,"
"Logan's Run," "The Island of Dr. Moreau," and
His television work
includes "A Knight in Camelot", "The Forsythe Saga,"
"Great Expectations," "Space," "The Heart of the
Day" and "The Lot" for which he received an Emmy nomination. His
resume lists over 100 film and television credits.
On stage he has starred
in the Broadway productions of "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me,"
"Bent," "The Little Prince," "The Crucible" and
the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' "Outcry."
His recent work on
screen can be seen in the independent films "A Dirty Little Business"
and "Borstal Boy" as York particularly likes working with first-time
He is an avid collector
of paraphernalia having anything to do with theatre, ballet and the opera. His
wife, Pat York, is a photographer whose work is exhibited all over the world,
most recently in Moscow, New York and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in
York also lends his
voice to the new world of audio books, contributing to the success of such works
as The Book of Psalms, Carl Jung's Memories,
Dreams and Reflections, Anne Rice's The Vampire
Lestat as well as his own children's book The Magic Paw
Paw. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 for his recording of Treasure
Island and won a Audie Award for The Fencing Master
and a Listen Up Award for The Lion, the Witch and
As a writer, York has
published Dispatches from Armageddon: Making the movie "Megiddo"â€¦A
Devilish Diary based on his experiences on the film and Omega Code 2,
just recently released this year. Last year he co-authored A Shakespearean
Actor Prepares with long time colleague, actor/director Adrian Brine. He
also authored his biography, Accidentally on Purpose in 1991.
York serves as the
Chairperson of California Youth Theatre, which
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