Marlon Brando

American actor Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American screen and stage actor. Considered to be one of the most important actors in American cinema, Brando was one of only three professional actors, along with Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe, named by Time magazine as one of its 100 Persons of the Century in 1999. Brando had a significant impact on film acting.
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Richard Pryor's daughter slams claim her father slept with Marlon Brando
Fox News - 12 days
Richard Pryor's daughter Rain has come out swinging at Quincy Jones' claims her deceased father had a sex with Marlon Brando.
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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan
NPR - 6 months
Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
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John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of 'Rocky,' Dead At 81
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Julius Caesar” with the man himself looking uncannily like Donald Trump has caused a stir. So much so in fact that some of the corporate sponsors have decided to withdraw financial support. These include Bank of America and Delta Airlines with the latter stating “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of ‘Julius Caesar’ does not reflect Delta’s values.” I wonder what on earth this means. So let’s dig a little further into why a play written more than 400 years ago could create such a reaction. To begin with, Shakespeare can rightly be called the most contemporary of all playwrights. His characters describe psychological types and states of mind that even Freud thought were extraordinary. His plays can be staged in any number of ways from period costumes to modern dress, from demure Elizabethan backdrop to the Fascist brutalism of the1930s. His ideas are so vast and his understanding of our humanness so all consu...
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Scottish Ballet's New Take On A Streetcar Named Desire
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Like a moth to the flame, Blanche DuBois, opens the show as a curious creature drawn to a single light bulb; a stunning piece of imagery for a stunning ballet. “This vibrant adaptation by Scottish Ballet of the classic Tennessee Williams tale, A Streetcar Named Desire, brings the heat and music of New Orleans straight to The Music Center. The definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is transformed into a powerful and emotional ballet that not only excites, but further enhances the story’s suspenseful take on lust, desire and betrayal that can only be conveyed by the honesty of dance.  In collaboration with director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the production explores the boundaries of narrative ballet through a range of dance styles. Accompanied by a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by Peter Salem that accentuates the sensuality of the dancers, Scottish Ballet’s  A Streetcar Named Desire is a one-of-a-kind take on an American classic.” In this...
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Pippa Middleton Is Honeymooning On Barack Obama's Island Of Choice
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Phillies beer vendor no longer shouting Brando-esqe Stella!
Yahoo News - 9 months
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A beer vendor at Philadelphia Phillies games no longer sounds like Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire."
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Barack And Michelle Obama Are Back From Vacation, And They're Looking Slick
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Francis Ford Coppola Says 'The Godfather' Wouldn't Get Made Today
Huffington Post - 10 months
You haven’t seen devotion until you’ve been in a room with nearly 6,000 “Godfather” disciples. The manic fandom typically reserved for Comic-Con and “Star Wars” assemblies was front and center when Francis Ford Coppola and the cast reunited Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival’s closing night.  Capping off a nine-hour event that included screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” a 45th-anniversary panel discussion found Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Talia Shire and Rubert Duvall recounting the messy process of making a movie they never expected to become such a defining Hollywood signature. The sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall had been boisterous throughout both films, cheering at iconic dialogue and almost every gruesome death or Corleone victory. Just imagine how enthusiastic they were by the time this A-list group took the stage.  “The Godfather” is one of the most chronicled movies in history, as proven by the nearly 800-p...
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Oprah Only Gave One Tiny Detail About Vacationing With The Obamas
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 79
    Upon his death in 2004, Brando left an estate valued at $21.6 million.
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    On July 1, 2004, Brando died of respiratory failure from pulmonary fibrosis with congestive heart failure at the UCLA Medical Center.
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    Production was suspended in July 2004 following Brando's death, at which time Behi stated that he would continue the film as an homage to Brando, with a new title of Citizen Brando.
    Up to a week before his death, he was working on the script in anticipation of a July/August 2004 start date.
    In 2004, Brando signed with Tunisian film director Ridha Behi and began pre-production on a project to be titled Brando and Brando.
    In 2004, Brando recorded voice tracks for the character Mrs. Sour in the unreleased animated film Big Bug Man.
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  • 2002
    Age 77
    He also dabbled with some innovation in his last years. He had several patents issued in his name from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, all of which involve a method of tensioning drum heads, in June 2002 – November 2004. (For example, see and its equivalents).
  • 2001
    Age 76
    In April 2001, Brando was hospitalized with pneumonia.
    The actor was a longtime close friend of entertainer Michael Jackson and paid regular visits to his Neverland Ranch, resting there for weeks at a time. Brando also participated in the singer's two-day solo career 30th-anniversary celebration concerts in 2001, and starred in his 13-minute-long music video, "You Rock My World," in the same year.
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  • 1990
    Age 65
    In May 1990, Dag Drollet, the Tahitian lover of Brando's daughter Cheyenne, died of a gunshot wound after a confrontation with Cheyenne's half-brother Christian at the family's hilltop home above Beverly Hills.
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    Brando also scored enthusiastic reviews for his caricature of his Vito Corleone role as Carmine Sabatini in 1990's The Freshman.
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  • 1989
    Age 64
    However he returned in 1989 in A Dry White Season, based on André Brink's 1979 anti-apartheid novel.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 55
    After appearing as oil tycoon Adam Steiffel in 1980's The Formula, which was poorly received critically, Brando announced his retirement from acting.
  • 1978
    Age 53
    Brando portrayed Superman's father Jor-El in the 1978 film Superman.
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    In 1978, he narrated the English version of Raoni, a French-Belgian documentary film directed by Jean-Pierre Dutilleux and Luiz Carlos Saldanha that focused on the life of Raoni Metuktire and issues surrounding the survival of the indigenous Indian tribes of north central Brazil.
  • 1977
    Age 52
    In 1977, Brando made a rare television appearance in the miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, portraying George Lincoln Rockwell; he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance.
  • 1976
    Age 51
    In 1976, Brando appeared in The Missouri Breaks with his friend Jack Nicholson.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 48
    At the 1973 Academy Awards ceremony, Brando refused to accept the Oscar for his performance in The Godfather.
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    In 1973, Brando was devastated by the death of his childhood and best friend Wally Cox.
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    Although Brando won the 1973 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the actor did not appear at the ceremony or send a representative to pick up the award if he won.
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  • 1972
    Age 47
    Brando and Teriipaia divorced in July 1972.
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    The actor followed The Godfather with Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 film Last Tango in Paris opposite Maria Schneider, but Brando's highly noted performance threatened to be overshadowed by an uproar over the sexual content of the film.
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    With that and his Oscar-nominated performance in Last Tango in Paris, Brando re-established himself in the ranks of top box-office stars, placing sixth and tenth in the Money Making Stars poll in 1972 and 1973, respectively.
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  • 1969
    Age 44
    Brando's performance as Vito Corleone, the "Don," in The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 best-selling novel of the same name, was a career turning point, putting him back in the Top Ten and winning him his second Best Actor Oscar.
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  • 1968
    Age 43
    In the aftermath of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Brando made one of the strongest commitments to furthering King's work.
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  • 1966
    Age 41
    In the March 1966 issue of The Atlantic, Pauline Kael wrote that in his rebellious days, Marlon "was antisocial because he knew society was crap; he was a hero to youth because he was strong enough not to take the crap" but now Brando and others like him had become "buffoons, shamelessly, pathetically mocking their public reputations."
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  • 1965
    Age 40
    Brando had also appeared in the spy thriller Morituri in 1965; that, too, failed to attract an audience.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 37
    He directed and starred in the cult western film One-Eyed Jacks, a critical and commercial flop, after which he delivered a series of box-office failures, beginning with the 1962 film adaptation of the novel Mutiny on the Bounty.
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  • 1961
    Age 36
    Previously only signing short term deals with movie studios, in 1961 Brando uncharacteristically signed a five picture deal with Universal Studios that would haunt him for the rest of the decade.
    In 1961, Brando made his directorial debut in the western One-Eyed Jacks.
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  • 1960
    Age 35
    He attended some fundraisers for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.
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    In 1960, Brando married Movita Castaneda, a Mexican-American actress seven years his senior; they were divorced in 1962.
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  • 1958
    Age 33
    Brando and Kashfi had a son, Christian Brando, on May 11, 1958; they divorced in 1959.
    Based on the 1958 novel of the same name that Pennebaker had optioned, the movie, which featured Brando's sister Jocelyn, was rated fairly positively but died at the box office.
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    In 1958, Brando appeared in The Young Lions, dyeing his hair blonde and assuming a German accent for the role, which he later admitted was not convincing.
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  • 1957
    Age 32
    Brando married actress Anna Kashfi in 1957.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 29
    He portrayed Napoleon in the 1954 film Désirée.
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    In his July 29, 1954, review, The New York Times critic A. H. Weiler praised the film, calling it "an uncommonly powerful, exciting, and imaginative use of the screen by gifted professionals."
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    In 1954, Brando starred in On the Waterfront, a crime drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen.
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  • 1953
    Age 28
    In 1953, Brando also starred in The Wild One, riding his own Triumph Thunderbird 6T motorcycle.
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  • 1950
    Age 25
    Brando was named the fourth greatest male star whose screen debut occurred before or during 1950 by the American Film Institute, and part of TIME magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.
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    He is listed by the American Film Institute as the fourth greatest male star whose screen debut occurred before or during 1950 (it occurred in 1950).
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    Brando was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950.
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  • 1947
    Age 22
    In 1947, Brando performed a screen test for an early Warner Brothers script for the novel Rebel Without a Cause (1944), which bore no relation to the film eventually produced in 1955.
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    In a letter dated August 29, 1947, Williams confided to his agent Audrey Wood: "It had not occurred to me before what an excellent value would come through casting a very young actor in this part.
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    This proved to be one of the greatest blessings of his career, as it freed him up to play the role of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan.
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  • 1946
    Age 21
    Jack Wilson was largely tolerant of Brando's behavior, but he reached his limit when Brando mumbled through a dress rehearsal shortly before the November 28, 1946, opening. "I don't care what your grandmother did," Wilson exclaimed, "and that Method stuff, I want to know what you're going to do!" Brando in turn raised his voice, and acted with great power and passion. "It was marvelous," a cast member recalled. "Everybody hugged him and kissed him.
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  • 1945
    Age 20
    In 1945, Brando's agent recommended he take a co-starring role in The Eagle Has Two Heads with Tallulah Bankhead, produced by Jack Wilson.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 19
    Then, in 1944, he made it to Broadway in the bittersweet drama I Remember Mama, playing the son of Mady Christians.
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  • 1939
    Age 14
    In 1939 and 1941, he worked as an usher at the town's only movie theatre, The Liberty.
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  • 1937
    Age 12
    In 1937, Brando's parents reconciled and moved together to Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Brando was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Marlon Brando, Sr., a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, and Dorothy Julia (née Pennebaker).
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