His birth name was Julij Borisovic Briner and he was born in Vladivostok, Russia.
Before he achieved fame, he was the director of a children's puppet show on CBS called, "Life with Snarky Parker".
He was an accomplished photographer and took many photos on the sets of the various projects he worked on over the years.
He loved modern appliances.
He always prepared breakfast while wearing a silk kimono.
He was very good friends with Deborah Kerr.
He worked as a trapeze artist with the famed Cirque d'Hiver company.
Mary Martin suggested him for the role for which he would be known.