The Russian-born actor held dual Swiss and U.S. citizenship until 1965 and lived abroad most of the time. As a resident of a foreign country, Brynner was eligible for tax-exempt status in the U.S. as long as he worked only for short stints in the country, according to a biography by Michelangelo Capua,. But Brynner overstayed and would have been bankrupted by the penalties he owed Uncle Sam. To avoid the fines, he renounced his American citizenship.
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