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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Brando in an undated photo
Birthday/Birthplace Marlon Brando Jr.
(1924-04-03)April 3, 1924
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Deceased July 1, 2004(2004-07-01)
Westwood, California, U.S.
Citizenship American
Profession(s) Actor, film director, activist
Active Years 1944–2001
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Political party Democratic
Wife/Husband Anna Kashfi (m. 1957; div. 1959)
Movita Castaneda (m. 1960; div. 1962)
Tarita Teriipaia (m. 1962; div. 1972)
Partner(s) Maria Cristina Ruiz (1988–2001)
Kid(s) 11; including Christian and Cheyenne
Official Website

Marlon Brando, Jr. (Omaha, Nebraska, April 3, 1924-Los Angeles, California, July 1, 2004) was an American film and theater actor. Her training and theatrical instruction was carried out by Stella Adler, one of the most prestigious teachers who developed Stanislavski’s work in New York; some Saturdayswent to the Actor’s Studio interested in Elia Kazan’s classes. He became a theater actor in the mid-1940s and a film actor in the early 1950s. Throughout his career, he received multiple awards for his artistic achievements, including two Oscars – the best actor for his work on On the Waterfront in 1954 and his performance in El Padrino in 1972-, two Golden Globe and three BAFTA.

He became known worldwide in the 1950s for his interventions in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), Julio César and On the Waterfront (1954), among others. Later his work in the cinema seemed to lose quality and from the decade of 1970 his interventions began to be more sporadic, although he regained momentum with mythical films today as The Godfather, The Last Tango in Paris (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979) . His brief role in Superman (1978) was very commented by the 4 million dollars that he charged for ten minutes of screen appearance. His last film was The Score (2001).

Marlon Brando’s Biography

First years

He was born and raised in Omaha, in the state of Nebraska, under the name of Marlon Brando, as was his father, producer Marlon Brando, Sr. His mother was an actress who worked in local theaters and was an important source of inspiration for your son. Brando had from childhood the gift of observing people and imitating their gestures to the extreme. He was a rebellious teenager, so he was expelled from several schools. His father repressed him for it, but encouraged him to find his own way. Brando went to New York, where he studied acting at The New School and then at the famous Actor’s Studio.

After completing his training, he began working in several theaters of the season, until in 1944 he got a Broadway role inremember Mamma, followed by George Bernard Shaw’s Candida. In 1946 and before making a name in the theatrical circle, he drew attention in a small play called Truckline Cafe. Brando’s performance was so realistic that critic Pauline Kael came to believe that the actor was suffering a real attack on stage. A few years later, she became a star of the theater when she played the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan. Brando knew that Williams was conducting interviews to choose the actors for his work and he did a test, thanks to which he got the leading role.

Cinematographic career

First roles

His first appearance in the cinema was in 1950 in the movie The Men, a story about war veterans that ended up with a disability. True to his method of analyzing the characters he played to act in line with them, Brando spent a month in a military hospital to prepare his role.

Marlon Brando and Jean Peters in a photogram of the advance of the 1952 film ¡Viva Zapata!

The actor played a soldier wounded in battle, paralyzed from the waist down. In this first film, he managed to impress with a sensitive and introspective interpretation. In the first years in the cinema, Brando manifested a lack of total interest in the conventions of the film industry, acting according to his own criteria. This influenced other actors such as James Dean, Paul Newman, and later also Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro.

Brando was much more successful when he starred in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play he had already performed. In the film he shared roles with Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. He was nominated for the Oscar as best leading actor for this film, and the next three years he received as many nominations for his performance in Viva Zapata, Julio César and On the Waterfront (The Law of Silence). For the latter Brando won the Hollywood Oscar.

Due to these successes, Brando’s career continued to rise. In the following years he appeared in several films of various genres, including comedy, as in The Tea House of the August Moon, in which he gives life to a Japanese who acts as an interpreter for the American occupation forces. However, by the end of the 1960s his interpretations began to decline. Brando seemed to have lost his expressive strength and the guidelines that he had set himself in his work and what a good result it had given him.

In spite of everything, in the decade of 1960 worked in relevant films like Rebellion on board where it interprets a Fletcher Christian tormented between the honor and the decency surpassing to the previous version of 1935 with Clark Gable. Also it participated in the human pack of Arthur Penn, Reflections in a golden eye of John Huston and the countess of Hong Kong, directed by Charles Chaplin and where it had by partner Sophia Loren.


At the beginning of the 1970s, the appearance of Marlon Brando changed from an athletic figure to a person with a tendency to obesity and a hermit aspect, something decadent, almost unrecognizable. The producers were not interested in working with Brando for new roles nor was he interested in doing so, unless his economic situation demanded that he go out to look for an agent to represent him before the producers or move his network of contacts, and live a life Secluded on his private island in Tahiti.

Vito Corleone and last roles

At the beginning of the seventies he was presented with the opportunity to play the head of a mafia family in El Padrino, based on a novel by Mario Puzo. It was Brando who insisted on a filmed test of the character played by him, and personally took care of the makeup. The director Francis Ford Coppola was impressed by Brando characterized as Vito Corleone and had to fight to convince the producers to accept Brando for this role.

For that interpretation Brando got his second Oscar. On this occasion Brando rejected the Oscar, the second time in Hollywood history that an actor did this (the first time had been rejected by actor George C. Scott). Instead of collecting the prize, Brando sent to the ceremony an American actress of Indian origin called Sacheen Littlefeather, who was against the treatment her people received in the Hollywood films and the events that happened back then in Wounded Knee In support of Littlefeather’s pronouncement, Brando said, “It seemed absurd to me to go to the awards ceremony.” It was grotesque to celebrate an industry that had systematically defamed and disfigured American Indians over the course of six decades.

Since then, Brando’s trajectory was very irregular. He shot some well-received films by critics, such as The Last Tango in Paris (1972), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Participated briefly in others simply for money, like Superman (1978); his fees were four million dollars for a paper of ten minutes (he received 250 & nbsp; 000 & nbsp; dollars for each day of work). He gained fame as a conflictive and demanding actor; for example, in Apocalypse Now (1979), a film in which he plays the renegade Colonel Kurtz, he initially refused to travel to the Philippines, despite having received an advance. When the director Francis Ford Coppola managed to convince him, Brando appeared with his head shaved and exaggeratedly fat, which forced him to record his scenes in the midst of shadows. For the sequel to Superman (Superman II, 1980), Brando had recorded several scenes returning to his role as Jor-El but after the change of director from Donner to Richard Lester, Brando demanded to raise his fees for the use of his image, which caused the producers to change their scenes and their role for Susannah York.

His characterization as Tomás de Torquemada in Christopher Columbus: the discovery (1992) was interesting but historically unreliable. In spite of everything, he continued being considered like a great actor, and still he made papers that show a shadow of his previous glory. Highlights Don Juan DeMarco (1995), where he played a veteran psychiatrist about to retire, which in love issues lectures his last patient Johnny Depp, with whom he forged friendship in real life. In that film he had Faye Dunaway as a couple.

In 2001 he appeared in the short film (videoclip) for the song You rock my world by Michael Jackson, as mafioso boss in the style of The Godfather.

Between 2003 and 2004 (shortly before his death and being his last work) he lent his voice to interpret Vito Corleone again, in the additional dialogues incorporated in the Godfather video game, published (due to several delays) in 2006, meaning a resounding success in sales.

In 2006, thanks to technology, he reappeared as Jor-El, the father of Superman, in the movie Superman Returns. That same year, Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie, carried out a project in which he published the unpublished scenes of Brando, in his role as Jor-El, in the movie Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut.

Marlon Brando Net Worth – $100 Million

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