Marlon Brando was an incredible, influential and eccentric actor. He was a cultural icon who created impressionable, emblematic, and singular characters never seen before. The characters were powerfully symbolic and held the purist sense of charm, presence, charisma, honesty, and truth both on stage and on screen.
When he was young his mother was involved in the local theater and helped Henry Fonda start his career.
He was a high school drop out and he had a job as an elevator operator.
He had an acting teacher, Stella Adler, who said he was "the most keenly aware, the most empathetic human being alive,"
In 1947 he auditioned and was cast as the lead role in ‘Rebel Without A Cause.’ He turned it down because he didn’t want to sign a six-year contract. James Dean later played the role in his second to last film in 1955.
His acting career took off in 1951 when he was 27. His first role was in ‘Steetcar Names Desire.’ The film’s director, Ella Kazan said he “ challenges the whole system of politeness and good nature and good ethics and everything else."
In 1954 he received his first Oscar for ‘On the Waterfront’
He had one sister, Jocelyn, and she once stared on Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Once had a relationship with Marilyn Monroe
In the mid 50’s 60’s his career dried up. But then in 1972 he cast as Vito Corleone in The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Brando received the Best Actor Oscar but refused it in protest of Hollywood and television's misrepresentation of American Indians. The Oscar was recycled and given to Charlie Chaplin
in a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1976.
He owned a mansion in Beverly Hills, California on Muholland Drive and his neighbor and friend was Jack Nicholson. Jack was asked in to play the role of Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather.’ Jack also owns a large collection of Pablo Picasso’s works and declined the role of Johnny Hooker in ‘The Sting’, which was one of Howard Hughes favorite movies.
He made and designed some furniture including a bench with a polished burlwood seat.
He supposedly had 5 children by marriage, 3 from adoption an 3 from his maid. One of his children, Miko was Michael Jackson’s bodyguard. And Marlon Brando was a friend of Jackson’s and had stayed at his Neverland Ranch.
Purchased and owed a private Tahitian Island off the Pacific coast, known as Tetiaroa,
His eldest son was from was actress Anna Kashfi. She starred in a few films including The Mountain with Spencer Tracy. Spencer Tracy was involved with Katharine Hepburn
for 37 years. His son in 2004 married Deborah Presley who claimed to be an illegitimate daughter of Elvis Presley. They divorced in 2005.
July 1, 2004: He was suffering from congestive heart failure and diabetes, but he died in Los Angeles of pulmonary fibrosis at the UCLA Medical Center of lung failure brought on by pulmonary fibrosis. He left an estate worth $20 Million and his cremated ashes were scattered in Tahiti and in Death Valley.