MCM: Michael York


Let’s throw some Man Candy Monday love Michael York’s way! He’s a theatrically trained actor who got his film break in several Shakespeare adaptions. York might be best known to frock-flickers as a musketeer, but he’s dabbled in many historical costume movie and TV roles over the years (along with a self-referential bit as Basil Exposition in the Austin Powers franchise).


Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (1967)


Taming of the Shrew (1967)

That’s Michael York in the blue.


Jolyon ‘Jolly’ Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga (1967)

Michael York, The Forsyte Saga (1967)

The first big TV adaption of these novels.


Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Michael York, Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Juliet’s cousin, and shit goes down between him and Romeo.


Guthrum in Alfred the Great (1969)

Michael York, Alfred the Great (1969)

Medieval history, yo.


Brian Roberts in Cabaret (1972)

Michael York, Cabaret (1972)

The bisexual Englishman caught up in pre-WWII German decadence.


D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four Musketeers (1974)

Michael York, The Three Musketeers (1973)

Our plucky hero!


Count Andrenyi in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Michael York, Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

All aboard for mystery.


Pip in Great Expectations (1974)

Michael York, Great Expectations (1974)

In his frock flick prime here!


Andrew Braddock in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

Michael York, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

Nominally Victorian setting, mostly just here for the kitty.


James Durie in The Master of Ballantrae (1984)

Michael York, The Master of Ballantrae (1984)

Apparently, Google doesn’t want you to have a bigger image of ALL THAT PLAID because I couldn’t find a larger picture :(


King Charles II in The Lady and the Highwayman (1989)

The Lady and the Highwayman, 1989

Getting the good hair while Hugh Grant gets a mullet.


D’Artagnan in The Return of the Musketeers (1989)


Michael York, The Return of the Musketeers (1989)

Didn’t expect them to come back after 15 years, did you?



Hans-Dieter Stromelburg in Fall From Grace (1994)

Michael York, Fall From Grace (1994)

On the other side of the war…


Lewis Lawshe in True Women (1997)

Michael York, True Women (1997)

And then kickin’ it during the American Civil War.


D’Artagnan in The Lady Musketeer (2004)

Michael York, The Lady Musketeer (2004)

This time, D’Artagnan’s daughter joins the cause.


Nicolaes Jonghelinck in The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Michael York, The Mill and the Cross (2011)

About the creation of a 1564 Pieter Bruegel painting, & York plays the artist’s patron.



What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Michael York’s?

19 Responses

  1. LydiaR

    Oh, Tybalt… sigh

    And that voice… sigh

    I could listen to him read a phone book and be riveted.

  2. Barbara

    It’s funny the faces you find in these retrospectives – in that shot from The Master of Ballantrae, that’s Finola Hughes, right before her big break in the career-defining role of Anna Devane on General Hospital. (But omg that plaid, it burns!)

  3. Alys Mackyntoich

    Best version of D’Artagnan in the best Musketeers movies!

  4. Lynne Connolly

    I saw his Tybalt and I died. You didn’t show Tybalt’s best bits, though! The best introduction to Shakespeare for a 16 year old. The voice is spectacular.
    He was a lovely Jolyon, and his D’Artagnan was the best in the best production of the novels I have ever seen.

  5. TSTooth

    His is my one true D’Artagnan, but his role in Alfred the Great is also a long-time favorite.

  6. Annabel Clemens

    We have a recording of him reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – outstanding. All the characters and the narrator are spot on. Jadis is amazing. “How -dare- you come alone!?” It sounds like he loves the story.

  7. Colleen Crosby

    His voice is so wonderful. Local DJ’s Mark & Brian had him read the lyrics to Baby Got Back. (With apologies to Sir Mixalot.) That was amazing.

    My intro to Mr. York was as D’Artagnan, but I’ll always call him Pip and think of him as Logan.

  8. Kathleen Norvell

    The quintessential D’Artagnan. Tybalt! And I recommend “The Mill and the Cross.” He has a small part in it but it is enchanting.

  9. Nzie

    I kind of love him because I remember my mom liking him when we watched Romeo and Juliet. He was also John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth, but I’ll admit a guy who clothed himself in camel skins and lived off locusts in the desert is not probably what anyone had in mind for MCM (least of all J the B), even though it’s technically historical.

  10. Donna

    Not great frocks, but he also plays a fellow who thinks he is King Arthur in an episode of Babylon 5 … he is dressed vaguely medieval-oid in the midst of future space land.

  11. Janet

    Never been a big York-fan. Maybe I was too young when he was at his peak? But I’m definitely going to look up that 2011 movie ‘The mill and the cross’. Sounds intriguing.

  12. Aleko

    He was marvellous as Tybalt, but even more than the nifty cap I loved the massive liripipe-wound-into-a-turban that he wore to the Capulet party – and the completely natural way he wore it, as though it was his go-to evening headgear.

  13. saffireblu

    A million years ago I watched ‘The Lady & the Highwayman’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘True Women’ (he was a doting daddy to Angelina Jolie’s younger self)- & one not on the list, where he was- unusually- a bad guy; ‘Duel of Hearts’, I think- Indy’s GF, Elsa Schneider was the leading lady- I remember, because she had what I thought was the most perfect face, ’til I saw Sarah Gaddon.