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: 04/02/1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

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)

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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.

The youngest of three children, Marlon Brando, Jr. was born on April 3, 1924 in Omaha, NE to parents Marlon, Sr., a pesticide salesman who had changed his last name from Brandeaux, and Dorothy, a local actress. While Brando was still young, the family moved to Illinois - initially, to the town of Evanston, and later to Libertyville. It was a tumultuous time for the Brando clan, marked by Dorothy's alcoholism and her brief separation from Marlon, Sr. A precocious child from a young age, Brando - a poor student who had already been held back a year - was expelled from Libertyville High School after one particularly egregious prank. Enraged, his father sent him to his alma mater, Shattuck Military Academy in Minnesota, in the hopes that it would straighten the boy out. By most accounts, it did not. Although he excelled in the academy's drama program, the young Brando continued to clash with authority, a tendency that led to a near expulsion before he ultimately decided to drop out altogether. When his attempt to join the Army failed to pan out - a trick knee from a football injury rendered him 4-F status - the 19-year-old Brando chose to follow his sisters to New York City in 1943. He began studying at the Dramatic Workshop at the New School as well as with the Actors Studio. It was during this time that Brando worked with legendary acting coach Stella Adler and became indoctrinated in the acting method of the Stanislavski System - an approach that utilized emotions and physical action rather than more traditional stagecraft techniques.

Brando flourished under Adler's tutelage and within the year made his Broadway debut in the sentimental hit "I Remember Mama" (1944). He later co-starred opposite Katharine Cornell in "Candida" (1946) and briefly toured with Tallulah Bankhead in "The Eagle Has Two Heads" the same year. His breakthrough came with his searing portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947), directed by Elia Kazan for the stage. Although some - including co-star Jessica Tandy - took issue with the mumbled delivery of his dialogue, the role established a new order of acting intensity and made him a known quantity in the world of theatre. After making his television debut on an episode of "Actor's Studio" (CBS, 1948-1950) in 1949, Brando's first film was Fred Zinnemann's "The Men" (1950), in which he gave an against-type performance as an embittered, paraplegic war veteran struggling for dignity. Kazan's film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) followed, forever linking Brando to the image of the sexually voracious, brutish Kowalski, and making him one of the first "new generation" actors to achieve full-fledged stardom. His impassioned screaming of "Stella!" also became an iconic moment on film - remarkable for an actor just beginning his career. The role earned him the first of four consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nominations. He followed with a pair of impressive, individualistic performances as a Mexican revolutionary in "Viva Zapata!" (1952), and as Marc Anthony in Joseph L Mankiewicz's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (1953).

Brando's status as a newly minted film star was confirmed with the release of "The Wild One" (1953), a motorcycle melodrama, which set the tone for future tales of youth rebellion and established the leather jacket as de rigueur for tough guys everywhere. With his simmering portrayal of anarchic gang leader Johnny Strabler, both the actor and character instantaneously became movie icons to a generation. Brando went on to earn a richly-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his multi-layered performance as a conflicted ex-prize fighter torn between his connection to a corrupt union official and pangs of guilt after witnessing a murder in Kazan's gritty masterpiece "On the Waterfront" (1954). For the second time in three years, Brando scored another iconic film moment with his backseat speech lamenting that he "could've been a contender " Enjoying unprecedented box-office and critical success, the young actor had, in less than five years, become one of the most influential performers in Hollywood. Never one to do the expected, he followed with a series of unconventional roles in his subsequent projects. He raged as the little conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte in the historical biopic "Desiree" (1954), tried his hand at musicals as a smarmy singing gambler in "Guys and Dolls" (1955), and played a Japanese interpreter in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). Other notable roles included a turn as a Korean War pilot in love with a Japanese entertainer in Joshua Logan's "Sayonara" (1957) - for which he received yet another Best Actor nomination - portrayed a sympathetic Nazi officer in "The Young Lions" (1958), and played an enigmatic drifter in the steamy melodrama "The Fugitive Kind" (1960).

By the dawn of the 1960s, Brando had gained a reputation as being not only exceptionally talented, but exceedingly difficult, especially when it came to working with directors. Initially slated as a project for director Stanley Kubrick, the revenge western "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961) became Brando's sole directorial effort after he and Kubrick parted ways because of creative differences. Tales of bad behavior abounded on the set of the remake of the nautical adventure "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962). In addition to claims that his antics caused the production to run over schedule and budget - as they had on "One Eyed Jacks" - Brando raised eyebrows with his insistence on giving his character of 1st Lt. Fletcher Christian a decidedly effete British accent. Working steadily, despite his eccentricities, he appeared as a U.S. diplomat in "The Ugly American" (1963), as a scheming gigolo in the comedy "Bedtime Story" (1964), and as a sheriff charged with capturing escaped convict Robert Redford in "The Chase" (1966). Having accumulated tremendous wealth by this time, Brando, who had fallen in love with the island nation of Tahiti while filming "Bounty," purchased the island of Tetiaroa in 1967. He would later open a hotel on the island with his third wife, Tarita Teriipia - his love interest in "Bounty" - which they would operate for nearly 25 years. Despite complex performances as a repressed gay military officer in John Huston's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967) and as a 19th Century mercenary in "Burn!" (1969), Brando's films increasingly met with indifference from audiences. By the end of the decade the former box office titan had been reduced to a marginalized presence on the cinematic landscape.

It was not until Francis Ford Coppola cast Brando - in the face of fierce studio resistance - in the title role of "The Godfather" (1972) that he regained his once vaunted stature. His inventive and nuanced turn as the aging mafia boss Don Corleone set the tone for the entire film, received nearly universal critical praise, and earned him a second Oscar for Best Actor. Ever the eccentric, Brando became only the second actor to refuse to personally accept an Academy Award - George C. Scott had been the first - when he sent purported Native American Sacheen Littlefeather in his place, who then read from a prepared statement by the actor decrying America's ill-treatment of its native population. It was later revealed that Miss "Littlefeather" was in fact an actress named Maria Cruz. He followed with a riveting method performance as a self-destructive American in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial "Last Tango in Paris" (1972). The sexually-charged film earned an X-rating at the time of its release due to its raw depictions of eroticism, and garnered Brando his seventh Best Actor nomination for his uncompromising portrayal. After a four-year hiatus, he next appeared in Arthur Penn's Western deconstruction "The Missouri Breaks" (1976), opposite Jack Nicholson. As Brando's follow-up to "Godfather" and "Last Tango," the unconventional film was perhaps a victim of unreasonably high expectation when it failed at the box-office. In his later years, the actor stated that many of the films that followed were merely jobs he accepted for the financial compensation. His brief cameo - for which he commanded the staggering sum of $3.7 million - as Jor-El, the father of "Superman" (1978) in Richard Donner's superhero spectacular bore the claim out.

Brando made a rare television appearance with an Emmy-winning cameo as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC, 1979), before returning to theaters in one of the last truly memorable performances of his illustrious career. As Col. Kurtz, the dark heart of Coppola's hallucinogenic war drama "Apocalypse Now" (1979), Brando was simultaneously terrifying, riveting, and utterly insane. At the height of his professional eccentricity, the actor engaged in a legendary game of cat-and-mouse with his frantic director when he arrived weeks late for filming, grossly overweight, and having personally rewritten his scenes. In spite of this, Brando went on to deliver one of the most compelling and avant-garde performances of his career. Although it met with mixed reviews upon initial release, over the passage of time the film would be regarded as one of the most important films about the Vietnam War ever made. Brando went on to team with fellow Oscar snubber George C. Scott for the turgid corporate thriller "The Formula" (1980), before taking a break from film for several years. Upon his return, Brando earned a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his engaging performance as a crusty South African civil rights lawyer in Euzhan Palcy's "A Dry White Season" (1989).

The next decade began with tragedy for Brando and his family. In May of 1990 after an alcohol-fueled altercation, his eldest son, Christian, shot and killed Dag Drollet, the Tahitian boyfriend of his half-sister, Cheyenne. Following a trial that saw a tearful Brando admitting to having failed as a father, Christian pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and spent the next five years in a California state prison. Juxtaposed against the calamity of his personal life, Brando impressed critics and audiences with his comic send-up of Don Corleone in the lightweight romp "The Freshman" (1990) alongside a youthful Matthew Broderick. He kept a low-profile for much of the duration of his son's incarceration, but reappeared as a complacent psychiatrist in the romantic comedy "Don Juan DeMarco" (1995), opposite Faye Dunaway and Johnny Depp; with the latter playing a delusional young man who claims to be the legendary lover. With Christian's release from prison only a year away, reverberations from the horrific events of the past continued when Cheyenne, still despondent over the death of Drollet and diagnosed with schizophrenia, hung herself at her mother's home in Tahiti in 1995. Still reeling from his daughter's suicide, Brando's experience on the set of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996) was, understandably, not a happy one. Compounding the problems were the reprehensible behavior of co-star Val Kilmer, last minute changes in the cast and crew, and constant delays due to a script that was being rewritten in the midst of filming. Not surprisingly, the completed film was met with disastrous reviews, bombed at the box-office, and earned the revered thespian a "Razzie" Award for Worst Supporting Actor.

Brando's last original screen outing was in the routine heist thriller "The Score" (2001), as a past-his-prime "fence" opposite acting heavyweights of subsequent generations Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. Having been morbidly obese since the 1990s, Brando's health continued to deteriorate due to a host of infirmities, including diabetes, liver disease, and congestive heart failure. On July 1, 2004 he died in Los Angeles from respiratory failure brought on by pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 80. However, the world would be given one last performance by the actor when footage shot during Richard Donner's "Superman" films - some never before seen - was utilized for an appearance of Brando as Jor-El in director Bryan Singer's relaunch "Superman Returns" (2006). Another project which Brando had been collaborating on up until a week before his death, "Citizen Brando" - originally titled "Brando and Brando" - was completed in 2006 as a homage to the late actor.

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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"Brando's Terry Malloy is a shatteringly poignant portrait of an amoral, confused, illiterate citizen of the lower depths who is goaded into decency by love, hate and murder. His groping for words, use of the vernacular, care of his beloved pigeons, pugilist's walk and gestures and his discoveries of love and the immensity of the crimes around him are highlights of a beautiful and moving portrayal." - A. H. Weiler's review of "On the Waterfront" in the The New York Times, July 30, 1954

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"He's the most keenly aware, the most empathetical human being alive - he just knows. If you have a scar, physical or mental, he goes right to it. He doesn't want to, but he doesn't avoid it - he cannot be cheated or fooled. If you left the room he could be you." - Stella Adler quoted in Richard Schickel's Brando: A Life in Our Times (1991)

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"We may treasure, as he does not, the moments he gave us, at the same time speculating about the ones he didn't give us, out of spite or goofiness or whatever has moved him to not move us. Looking at him now, one can't help recalling the illimitable promise of his youth and perhaps of our own, and the inevitable confusions and compromises life imposes on us, the inevitable follies we impose on ourselves. Brando has kept faith with incoherence. Whatever he has done and not done, no actor in his life and his work has more consistently kept us in touch with the erratic, that which is unpredicatable and dangerous in ourselves and in the world." - Richard Schickel in Brando: A Life in Our Times (1991)

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"Brando's a giant on every level. When he acts, it's as if he's landed on another planet. He's got it all. That's why he's endured. When I first saw 'On The Waterfront' I couldn't move. I couldn't leave the theatre. I'd never seen the like of it. I couldn't believe it." - Al Pacino, Brando's co-star from "The Godfather in Empire magazine, August 2004

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"He's simply the best, and if he wants to call acting merely a craft, then he's the greatest craftsman who ever lived." - Dennis Hopper quoted in Empire magazine, August 2004

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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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