Although he did a great job of keeping it secret, actor Yul Brynner was born in Vladivostok, Russia. From his son Rock Brynner's Empire and Odyssey: The Brynners in Far East Russia and Beyond :
No American film was ever so treasured and respected during the Soviet era, and that affection remains today. The Magnificent Seven became a national obsession in the USSR; people thronged to see the movie again and again. It was especially popular with teenage boys who, like Vladimir Putin, are today in their fifties and could recite every line of dialogue: after the first year, Soviet authorities prohibited children under sixteen from seeing The Magnificent Seven, reportedly because so many boys started shaving their heads. It was already a secular rite of passage for fathers to take their sons to see the film, and thanks to DVDs, that continues today. By now, The Magnificent Seven is more a part of the cultural heritage in Russia than it is in the United States. Recently, a renowned actor in the Moscow theater spoke to me with tears in his eyes, insisting that "only a Russian could have made a great western like The Magnificent Seven."