Michael York to visit SHSU

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents acclaimed actor, Michael York, as he presents his lecture, “Rogues and Vagabonds: An entertainment about actors and acting from past to present.” The lecture will be held on Monday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium in the Criminal Justice Center. York will also work with theatre and musical theatre students in master classes and lectures on October 2 and 3.

After joining the National Youth Theatre and playing Shakespeare in London and Europe, York went to Oxford University (where fellow performers included future Monty Pythons Terry Jones and Michael Palin) from which he graduated with an MA in English.

“Afterwards, I just knew I wouldn’t be happy if I didn’t give the profession a try,” said York who, following a traditional sting in ‘rep,’ joined Laurence Oliver’s new National Theatre Company in 1965 in a production directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

“A year later I got a call to audition for his film of ‘Taming of the Shrew’ with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Luckily, I got the role and with it this other label as a movie actor.” York was also Tybalt in Zeffirelli’s award winning “Romeo and Juliet,” and played John the Baptist in “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Michael York’s more than 60 other screen credits include roles in such films as Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning “Cabaret” opposite Liza Minnelli; “Something for Everyone” with Angela Lansbury; “Murder on the Orient Express,” “The last Remake of Beau Geste” with Marty Feldman; as D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers,” as the title character in the sci-fi classic “Logan’s Run;” and opposite Burt Lancaster in “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” Recent work includes “Borstal Boy,” and all three “Austin Powers” movies.

His television work comprises over 80 credits that include “The Forsyte Saga,” “Great Expectations,” “Space,” “The Heat of the Day,” “A Knight in Camelot” with Whoopi Goldberg and “The Lot” for which he was Emmy-nominated. Recently a guest in Larry David’s HBO comedy series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he played D’Artagnan again in “La Femme Musketeer.” He was recently in “Icon” and as a guest on “The Simpsons,” as well as the 100th episode of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” York also is credited with many Broadway and regional theatre rolls as well as receiving awards in audio recording.

York lectures internationally on Shakespeare, the movies and the history and art of acting. His contribution to his profession has been recognized with the award of Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tickets to “Rogues and Vagabonds: An entertainment about actors and acting from past to present” are free to SHSU students, faculty and staff, $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens.

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