1924 - 2004 (80 years)
Has more than 250 ancestors and 13 descendants in this family tree.
||Marlon Brando |
||3 Apr 1924
||Omaha, Nebraska, USA
||1 Jul 2004
||Los Angeles, California
||11 Jul 2004 |
||Pier Angeli, b. 19 Jun 1932, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy , d. 10 Sep 1971, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (Age 39 years) |
||19 Jul 2004 |
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||Katy Jurado, b. 16 Jan 1924, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico , d. 5 Jul 2002, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico (Age 78 years) |
||20 Jul 2004 |
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- Considered by many to be the "Greatest actor of all time", Marlon Brando is known for bringing "real" acting, on stage and screen, into main stream. His breakout role was on stage for "A Streetcar Named Desire." Since then, he's often been imitated but never duplicated. He lived a very secluded life and rarely made public appearances.
Ranked #13 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Department of strange coincidences: Brando's second wife, the actress Movita, portrayed the island girl Tehanni in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). And, Brando's later wife, the actress Tarita, portrayed the island girl Miamiti in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
Brando balked at the prospect of Burt Reynolds in the role of Sonny Corleone in Godfather, The (1972). Brando got his way. And James Caan got the part.
Worked as a department store elevator operator for four days before he was famous. He quit after four days due to his embarrassment in having to call out the lingerie floor.
Was roommates with Wally Cox during his theatrical training in New York City.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#14). 
Two years before Brando declined his Oscar for Best Actor in the 1972 movie, "The Godfather", he'd applied to the Academy to replace the one he'd won for "On the Waterfront" (1954), which had been stolen.
Youngest of three children.
Has owned a private island off the Pacific coast, the Polynesian atoll known as Tetiaroa, since 1966.
In 1995, as a guest on Larry King Live, kissed Larry King on the mouth.
Native of Omaha, Nebraska. His mother once gave stage lessons to Henry Fonda, another Nebraska native.
on infamous "Bad Boy Drive", Muholland Drive in Beverly Hills, California, which received its nickname because its residents are famous "bad boy" actors: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Brando.
Admitted to an LA hospital with pneumonia. [April 2001]
The name Brando came from the Dutch name, Brandeis.
His son Miko Brando was once a bodyguard for Michael Jackson. Jackson and Brando have remained good friends since.
Born to alcoholic parents, Brando was left alone much of the time as a child.
While filming Score, The (2001), he refused to be on the set at the same time as director Frank Oz.
Refused to take a religious oath at his son's murder trial, citing reasons that he is an atheist.
On the set of Score, The (2001), he referred to former Muppets director Frank Oz as "Miss Piggy".
Was scheduled to appear in the David Lean-directed "Nostromo" in 1991, before Lean died, and the production came to a halt.
Ranked #12 in Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Entertainers of All Time (2000)
Received more money for his short appearance as Jor-El in Superman (1978) than Christopher Reeve did in the title role.
Used cue cards in many of his movies because he refuses to memorize his lines. His lines were written on the diaper of baby Kal-El in Superman (1978).
One of the innovators of the Method acting technique in American film.
Was mentioned in Dolce vita, La (1960), in a discussion about salary paid to film stars.
Has said that the only reason he continued to make movies is in order to raise the money to produce what he says will be the "definitive" film about Native Americans.
Is of Dutch and of Irish descent.
Kicked out of high school for riding a motorcycle through the halls.
His signature was considered so valuable to collectors, that many personal checks he wrote were never cashed because his signature was usually worth more than the amount on the check.
Studied at the Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Mentioned in Neil Young's song Pocahontas and in David Bowie's song China Girl.
Appears on the front sleeve of the Beatles' classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as Johnny in The Wild One.Has helped out a lot of minorities in American, including African American's and Native Americans.
Mentioned in the Bruce Springsteen song, "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City".
"The more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to be brutalised, develop scabs and never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything because you always feel too much."
"The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them."
"An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer."
"Would people applaud me if I were a good plumber?"
"I don't know what people expect when they meet me. They seem to be afraid that I'm going to piss in the potted palm and slap them on the ass."
"I put on an act sometimes, and people think I'm insensitive. Really, it's like a kind of armour because I'm too sensitive. If there are two hundred people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out."
"If you're successful, acting is about as soft a job as anybody could ever wish for. But if you're unsuccessful, it's worse than having a skin disease."
"Kowalski was always right, and never afraid. He never wondered, he never doubted. His ego was very secure. And he had the kind of brutal agressiveness that I hate. I'm afraid of it. I detest the character." (his feelings about one of his most famous characters, Stanley Kowalski from 'A Streetcar Named Desire')
"I don't want to spread the peanut butter of my personality on the mouldy bread of the commercial press."
"The most repulsive thing you could ever imagine is the inside of a camel's
mouth. That and watching a girl eat octopus or squid."
"With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end. I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes."
"The only reason I'm here in Hollywood is because I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money."
"I don't think it's the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed."
"An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening."
"If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives."
"He's the kind of guy that when he dies, he's going up to heaven and give God a bad time for making him bald". (on Frank Sinatra)
"I went home and did some rehearsing to satisfy my curiosity about whether I could play an Italian. I put on some makeup, stuffed Kleenex in my cheeks, and worked out the characterization first in front of a mirror, then on a television monitor. After working on it, I decided I could create a characterization that would support the story. The people at Paramount saw the footage and liked it, and that's how I became the Godfather" (on his unforgettable role in "The Godfather")
When asked how he spent his time away from the camera, Marlon had this to say: "People ask that a lot," he told reporters. "They say, 'What did you do while you took time out ?' - as if the rest of my life is taking time out. But the fact is, making movies is time out for me because the rest, the nearly complete whole, is what's real for me. I'm not an actor and haven't been for years. I'm a human being - hopefully a concerned and somewhat intelligent one - who occasionally acts."
"I did it once. It was ass-breaker. You work yourself to death. You're the first one up in the morning...I mean, we shot that thing (One Eyed Jacks) on the run, you know. You make up the dialogue the scene before, improvising, and your brain is going crazy." (on Direction)
"Regret is useless in life. It's in the past. All we have is now."
Score, The (2001) $3,000,000
Superman (1978) $4,000,000
Missouri Breaks, The (1976) $1.25m plus 11% of gross
Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) $250,000 + 10% of the profits.
Godfather, The (1972) $250,000 plus percentage of gross
Night of the Following Day, The (1968) $50,000
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) $750,000 + 10% of the net profits.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) $1.25m
Sayonara (1957) $300,000
Guys and Dolls (1955) $200,000
Viva Zapata! (1952) $100,000
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) $75,000
Men, The (1950) $50,000
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
An enigmatic superstar widely regarded as America's greatest actor, Marlon Brando has been a Hollywood icon since the early 1950s. His unmistakable, naturalistic "method" acting style made him one of the most influential figures in cinema, paving the way for such latter-day disciples as James Dean, Paul Newman, and Robert De Niro. Brando was by all accounts "difficult" even as a youngster, having been expelled from sev eral schools, including a military academy. Upon being prodded by his father to find some direction for himself, he chose to follow his muse to New York. There he studied Stanislavsky's acting techniques at the New School before enrolling at the Actors' Studio to work with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Brando applied his "method" training to summer-stock roles, in which he scored enough rave reviews to merit his first shot at Broadway in "I Remember Mama" (1944). Several acclaimed theatrical performances followed, including his landmark interpretation of the loutish Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947).
Brando made his screen debut in The Men (1950), studying for his part as an embittered paraplegic by lying in bed for a month at a veterans' hospital. The following year Brando reprised his Stanley Kowalski characterization for Elia Kazan's film adaptation of Street- car earning the first of four consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (the others were for 1952's Viva Zapata! 1953's Julius Caesar and 1954's On the Waterfront Although not nomi- nated for his indelible (and enduring) performance as the misunderstood rebel in The Wild One (also 1954), Brando fi- nally struck Oscar gold that year for his work in Kazan's Waterfront. His com- plex portrayal of Terry Malloy, a washed-up boxer turned mob stooge and informant, became a landmark of Amer- ican cinema.
In typical fashion, Brando followed his Waterfront success with a series of roles in which he played against type. In Guys and Dolls (1955), he tried his hand at musicals in the singing role of Sky Masterson; in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956), he made the daring move of playing a Japanese interpreter who is vaguely homosexual. Another Oscar nomination came in 1957 for Sayonara. The Young Lions (1958) cast him as a Nazi officer during World War 2, and he played a wandering tramp in The Fugitive Kind (1959), another Tennessee Williams adaptation.
Brando made his directorial debut with One-Eyed Jacks (1961), an ambitious if confused anti-Western. His reputation began to suffer following release of the bloated 1962 remake of Mutiny on the Bounty (with Brando in the Clark Gable role of Fletcher Christian), which came in grotesquely over budget, thanks in part to his capricious penchant for "inspired" improvisation and painstaking attempts to achieve the "perfect mood." The actor's few forays in screen comedy, including Bedtime Story (1964) and Charlie Chaplin's ill-fated A Countess From Hong Kong (1967), nearly sank his career; indeed, by the end of the decade, Brando was nearly a forgotten figure. Such odd and unusual films as Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and Burn! (1969) put Brando outside the mainstream-to the extent that he had to test for the role of mob boss Vito Corleone. That remarkable performance in The Godfather (1972) not only netted Brando his second Oscar, but restored the luster to his tarnished reputation. Brando amplified his renewed notoriety by sending a young woman in Indian costume to refuse the award, based on the actor's outrage over the plight of Native Americans. He snagged yet another Oscar nomination for his work in Last Tango in Paris (1973), playing a middle-aged man carnally involved with a young stranger.
Since delivering those two milestone performances, Brando has worked less frequently, appearing both in brilliant movies Apocalypse Now 1979) and silly ones Superman 1978; The Formula 1980), based exclusively on a producer's willingness to pay his exorbitant fee. He was again Oscar-nominated in 1989 for A Dry White Season and has been seen in The Freshman (1990, in a comic takeoff of his Vito Corleone characterization), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992, as Torquemada), and Don Juan DeMarco (1995). For all his eccentricities, Brando remains one of the most powerful, arresting, and unpredictable actors in film history.
Adopted child: Petra Barrett Brando, whose biological father is author James Clavell.
In April, 2002, a woman filed a $100 million palimony lawsuit in California against Brando, claiming he fathered her three children during a 14-year romantic relationship. Maria Cristina Ruiz, 43, filed the breach of contract suit demanding damages and living expenses.
$US500,000 ($A695,000) a year in income.
Love life as big as the legend
An epic cast of women, offspring - & even men
BY GEORGE RUSH
DAILY NEWS GOSSIP COLUMNIST
Like everything thing else about him,
Marlon Brando's romantic life was large -
and so complicated even he had trouble
keeping track of his lovers and their
In the 1950s, when his smoldering sex
appeal lit up the big screen, it seemed he
could have any woman he wanted.
Marilyn Monroe is said to have told him
after their lovemaking, "I don't know if I do
His 12-year on-and-off relationship with
actress Rita Moreno was so traumatic for
her that when it ended for good in 1961,
Moreno overdosed on sleeping pills.
Among his many conquests were actresses
Pier Angeli, Shelley Winters, Nancy Qwan
and Katy Jurado.
During his affair with Moreno, Brando was
married for two years to his first wife,
Welsh actress Anna Kashfi. That ended in
1959, but produced his troubled son,
Christian Devi Brando.
Within a year, he was married again after
striking up an affair with Mexican actress
Movita Castenada on the set of "Viva
A veteran of romances with Clark Gable
and Errol Flynn, Castenada initially turned
down Brando's marriage proposal - even
throwing his ring back at him when he
knocked on her door and threatening to
call the police.
Nevertheless, they had a secret wedding
on June 4, 1960, and by October she gave
birth to son Miko, who later became a
security guard for Michael Jackson. At the
time, Brando was 36 and Castenada was
A couple of years later Brando fell for
Tarita Teriipia, the 19-year-old Polynesian
beauty who played Miamiti in 1962's
"Mutiny on the Bounty," which starred
Brando reportedly needed six months to
seduce her - because, it's said, she thought
he was a bad man.
"While he had several other girls servicing
him in what was basically a turnstile
arrangement, he would never 'go to bed'
with her," Brando's friend Nick Rutgers
told Peter Manso, author of the definitive
"Brando: A Biography."
Teriipia finally agreed to marry him in 1962
and eventually gave birth to Rebecca,
Simon and Cheyenne.
Even Brando's daughter accused him of lecherous behavior. Manso, who
interviewed Cheyenne extensively, said she alleged that her father
"abused her physically and sexually."
"Do I believe it?" Manso said. "I sit on the fence."
Brando's love life was so complicated that in 1967, he fathered actor
Stephen Blackehart, whose spokesman said he didn't know who the
Through the 1970s, Brando romanced a half dozen women, including
Yachio Tsubaki, the daughter of a Zen master.
In 1988 he began a 14-year affair with his Guatemalan maid, Maria
Cristina Ruiz, who bore him three children - Ninna, Miles and Timothy.
Although Brando bought Ruiz a $450,000 home and a Mercedes, she
filed a $100 million palimony lawsuit against him in 2002. The suit was
Brando also adopted Petra Barrett Brando, born in 1970, the daughter
of his former assistant, Caroline Barrett, and novelist James Clavell.
While most profiles credit him with nine children, biographer Manso
believes Brando may have left as many as 15 children. Manso also claims
Brando paid for numerous abortions.
As if he didn't have enough women in his life, Brando was quoted in the
Gary Carey biography "Marlon Brando, the Only Contender," as saying:
"Like a large number of men, I too have had homosexual experiences
and am not ashamed."
Originally published on July 3, 2004