Marlon Brando

Actor, Producer, Director
Widely regarded as the greatest actor of his generation, Marlon Brando crafted several of the most iconic characterizations in the history of cinema, a legacy that remained undiminished, despite the heartbreaking ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Listen to Me Marlon 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Always Brando 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Jor-El (Actor)

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Score 2001 (Movie)

Max Baron (Actor)

The Brave 1997 (Movie)

Mr McCarthy (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Dr Moreau (Actor)

Don Juan Demarco 1995 (Movie)

Dr Jack Luchsinger (Actor)

Christopher Columbus: the Discovery 1992 (Movie)

Tomas de Torquemada (Actor)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Carmine Sabatini (Actor)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

McKenzie (Actor)

Raoni: The Fight For the Amazon 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Walter E Kurtz (Actor)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

Adam Steiffel (Actor)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Jor-El (Actor)

The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Lee Clayton (Actor)

Last Tango in Paris 1972 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Don Vito Corleone (Actor)

The Nightcomers 1971 (Movie)

Quint (Actor)

Burn! 1969 (Movie)

Sir William Walker (Actor)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

Grindl (Actor)

The Night of the Following Day 1968 (Movie)

Bud--the Chauffeur (Actor)

A Countess From Hong Kong 1967 (Movie)

Ogden Mears (Actor)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

Major Weldon Penderton (Actor)

The Appaloosa 1966 (Movie)

Matt Fletcher (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Sheriff Calder (Actor)

Meet Marlon Brando 1965 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

Robert Crain (Actor)

Bedtime Story 1964 (Movie)

Freddy Benson (Actor)

The Ugly American 1963 (Movie)

Harrison Carter MacWhite (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

Fletcher Christian (Actor)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

Rio (Actor)

The Fugitive Kind 1960 (Movie)

Valentine Xavier--Snakeskin (Actor)

The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

Christian Diestl (Actor)

Sayonara 1957 (Movie)

Major Gruver (Actor)

The Teahouse of the August Moon 1956 (Movie)

Sakini (Actor)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

Sky Masterson (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Napoleon (Actor)

On the Waterfront 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Marc Antony (Actor)

The Wild One 1953 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

Emiliano Zapata (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1950 (Movie)

Stanley Kowalski (Actor)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Money (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The Men (Movie)

Ken (Actor)
Producer (1)

Redneck Island 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Director (1)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (2)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

(Thanks)

Biography

Widely regarded as the greatest actor of his generation, Marlon Brando crafted several of the most iconic characterizations in the history of cinema, a legacy that remained undiminished, despite the heartbreaking trajectory his personal life took in later years. One of Hollywood's earliest "method" actors, Brando leapt from the New York stage to film notoriety with his electrifying portrayal of the brutish Stanley Kowalksi in director Elia Kazan's adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951). The roles that followed - in films such as "The Wild One" (1953) and "On the Waterfront" (1954) - were primeval displays of the human condition, never before seen quite that raw on film, that would go on to inspire future acting giants such as Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson. While still in demand with the studios, Brando's success at the box office gradually began to decline, even as stories of his eccentricities and difficult on-set behavior grew to mythical proportions. Just as it seemed the actor would be relegated to the status of Hollywood has-been, Brando enjoyed an unprecedented career rebirth with his Oscar-winning portrayal of Don Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" (1972). Then, in a one-two punch, he left audiences speechless with his animalistic and explicitly sexual performance in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" (1973). Increasingly, Brando's professional output became sporadic, remarkable mainly for his high-priced cameo as Jor-El in "Superman" (1978) and a truly bizarre turn as the mad Col. Kurtz in Coppola's wartime opus, "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Although the later decades of his life were remembered more for a series of personal tragedies and the degradation of his once impressive physique, nothing could overshadow the scope and artistic brilliance of the body of work Brando had committed to film in a career that spanned more than 50 years.

Relationships

Tarita Actor

Wife
Met while co-starring as love interests in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962) Married 1962 Divorced 1972

Josanne Berenger

Companion
Was a 19-year-old French woman from Toulon working in NYC as a governess when she met Brando at a party announced engagement in 1954 later separated

Marlon Brando

Father
Later became Brando's business manager died in 1965 at age 70

Timothy Brando Actor

Son
Born in 1994 mother, Maria Christina Ruiz

Cheyenne Brando

Daughter
Born in 1970 mother, Tarita Teriipia commited suicide in April 1995

Nina Brando

Daughter
Born in 1989 mother, Maria Christina Ruiz

Petra Brando

Daughter
Adopted by Brando born c. 1970 daughter of Brando's assistant Caroline Barrett and author James Clavell

Rebecca Brando

Daughter
Born in 1966 mother, Movita Castaneda

Christian Brando

Son

Miko Brando

Son
Born in 1960 mother, Movita Castenada security guard to Michael Jackson

Myles Brando

Son
Born in 1992 mother, Maria Christina Ruiz

Simon Brando

Son
Born in 1963 mother, Tarita Teriipia

Frances Brando

Sister
Born in 1922 and died in 1994

Jocelyn Brando Actor

Sibling
Born in 1919 died in 2005

Movita Castaneda Actor

Wife
Met while making "Viva Zapata" (1952) Married 1960 Divorced 1962

Jackie Collins

Companion
Had brief relationship in 1956, when Collins was 16

Anna Kashfi Actor

Wife
Introduced by producer A.C. Lyles Married 1957 Separated when son Christian was born May 1958 Divorced 1959

Rita Moreno Actor

Companion
Had a 12-year on-and-off relationship she attempted suicide when they finally separated

France Nuyen Actor

Companion

Dorothy Pennebaker

Mother
One of the founders of the Omaha Community Playhouse died of effects of alcoholism c. 1954

Maria Ruiz

Companion
Born c. 1958 had three children with his long-time housekeeper

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied with Elia Kazan

Libertyville High School

Libertyville , Illinois
Expelled from school

Shattuck Military Academy

Faribault , Minnesota 1943
An all-boys Episcopal boarding school; appeared in school productions; expelled after second year

The New School

New York , New York 1943 - 1944
Studied with Stella Adler at the New School's Dramatic Workshop

American Theatre Wing Professional School

New York , New York

Milestones

2005

Collaborated with film director Donald Cammell in 1979 on a China Seas pirate story, later published into the novel Fan-Tan

2004

Starred as himself in the documentary, "Brando and Brando"

2001

Acted in "The Score" alongside Robert De Niro and Edward Norton

2001

Agreed to appear (for a reported $2-3 million salary) in a cameo turn as a priest performing an exorcism in "Scary Movie 2"; forced to drop out due to ill health

1998

Co-starred with Charlie Sheen in the comedy thriller "Free Money"; aired on Starz! before being released on video

1997

Had small role in Johnny Depp's directorial debut, "The Brave"

1996

Delivered perhaps the most eccentric turn of his career as the titular scientist in "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

1995

Portrayed a psychiatrist treating a man who thinks he is the great lover in "Don Juan DeMarco"; co-starred Johnny Depp

1994

Published memoirs, Songs My Mother Taught Me

1992

Had cameo as Torquemada in the historical drama "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"

1990

Spoofed his Oscar-winning turn as gangster Don Vito Corleone in the comedy "The Freshman"

1989

Resumed film acting and picked up eighth career Academy Award nomination as a British attorney in the anti-apartheid drama "A Dry White Season"; earned a salary in excess of $3 million which he reportedly donated to anti-apartheid charities

1980

Last feature for almost a decade, the formulaic thriller "The Formula"

1979

Re-teamed with Coppola to play the madman Kurtz in the Vietnam-themed drama "Apocalypse Now"

1979

Won an Emmy Award for a rare TV appearance as George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party in "Roots: The Next Generations"

1978

Portrayed Superman's father Jor-El in "Superman: The Movie"; earned a reported salary of $3.7 million and over 11 percent of the gross for a cameo role that was shot over four days

1976

Delivered an eccentric turn opposite Jack Nicholson in the oddball Western "The Missouri Breaks"

1973

Garnered seventh Best Actor Oscar nomination for Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually-themed drama "Last Tango in Paris"

1972

Received second Academy Award playing the title role of "The Godfather"; co-written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1968

Acted in the then-controversial film "Candy"

1967

Directed by Charlie Chaplin in the misfire "The Countess From Hong Kong"

1966

Was subject of the documentary, "Meet Marlon Brando"; filmed by the Maysles brothers

1965

Participated in the Selma, Alabama and the Washington DC civil rights marches

1963

Sold Pennebaker Productions to Universal for a reported $1 million in exchange for a certain number of films to be made for Universal on a non-exclusive basis

1962

Headlined the expensive remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" playing Fletcher Christian

1961

Feature directorial debut, "One-Eyed Jacks"; took over direction from Stanley Kubrick; also producing debut and had a starring role

1960

Headlined the film version of Tennessee Williams' play "Orpheus Descending"; later renamed "The Fugitive Kind"

1959

Formed Pennebaker Productions (named after his mother's maiden name) to produce films that would "explore the themes current in the world today"

1957

Portrayed a Korean war pilot who falls in love with a Japanese entertainer in "Sayonara"; earned fifth Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1956

Played an Okinawan in the feature version of the Broadway play "The Teahouse of the August Moon"

1955

Portrayed gambler Sky Masterson in the movie version of the hit musical "Guys and Dolls"

1954

Delivered generationally signature performance as the motorcycle-riding rebel in "The Wild One"

1954

Won Best Actor Oscar for performance as washed-up fighter Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront"

1953

Offered impressive turn as Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar"; earned third Academy Award nomination

1953

Made last stage appearance in a summer stock tour of "Arms and the Man"

1952

Earned second Best Actor Oscar nod in the title role of "Viva Zapata!"

1951

Reprised stage role of Stanley in film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; received first of four consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nominations; was only one of the four nominated principals (Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden) not to win an O

1950

Film acting debut, playing a paraplegic war veteran in "The Men"

1949

TV debut in the "I'm No Hero" segment of ABC's "Actors Studio"

1947

First leading role on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; offered star-making turn as Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois

1946

Played a psychologically maimed war veteran in the short-lived Broadway drama, "Truckline Cafe"; first brought to the attention of Elia Kazan who produced the play

1946

Played a heroic freedom fighter for the state of Israel in Ben Hecht's play, "A Flag is Born"

1946

Performed in the Broadway production of "Candida" opposite Katharine Cornell

1943

Appeared with a troupe of Dramatic Workshop students in summer stock in Sayville, New York

1943

Broadway acting debut in "I Remember Mama"

1943

Debut stage performance in the dual roles of a school teacher and a dark angel in Erwin Piscator's production of Gerhardt Hauptman's "Hannele's Way to Heaven"

1942

Acted in little scenes to illustrate Dramatic Workshop teacher John Gassner's lectures

1941

Worked as an elevator operator at Best & Company in New York for one week

1930

Moved to Libertyville, Illinois

First screen test for a film titled "Rebel Without a Cause" (not the same as the James Dean film)

After clashing with French director Claude Autant-Lara, walked off production of "The Red and the Black"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1968, Brando bought Tetaroa, an atoll of 13 islands, thirty miles north of Tahiti; he attempted to open hotel there, but his plans were ruined by flooding and financial strains.

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In 1990, Brando's son Christian was arrested for fatally shooting daughter Cheyenne's boyfriend Dag Drollet; Christian pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and use of a gun. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison; the trial documented on Court TV.

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