Facts about Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando died at 80 years old
Born: April 3, 1924
Best known as: Don Corleone in The Godfather



Marlon Brando Biography

Name at birth: Marlon Brando, Jr.

Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando changed modern acting by popularizing “the Method,” a technique which emphasized emotional truth and naturalistic style over movie-star poses.

Marlon Brando was a smash hit on Broadway in 1947 in the rough-edged Tennessee Williams drama A Streetcar Named Desire. Brando was hunky, rough-hewn and brooding, and his powerful take on the role of Stanley Kowalski made him a star. In the early 1950s he was nominated in four consecutive years for the best actor Oscar, winning once for the 1954 film On the Waterfront. (He was also nominated as Marc Antony in 1953’s Julius Caesar, for playing Emiliano Zapata in 1952’s Viva Zapata!, and for the 1951 film version of Streetcar.)

Marlon Brando faded a bit in the 1960s, taking a variety of offbeat roles in oddball films, but he became hot all over again in the 1970s when he starred in the sexually daring Last Tango in Paris (1972). He won a second Oscar for playing Mafia kingpin Don Corleone in The Godfather (also 1972), in which he uttered the famous line, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

In later years, Marlon Brando became famous for his reclusiveness and Orson Welles-like girth. His last feature film was the 2001 heist thriller The Score, in which he was paired with two younger-generation Method-trained actors: Robert De Niro and Edward Norton.

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Marlon Brando was married three times, all to actresses: to Anna Kashfi (1957–1959), Movita Castaneda (1960–1962), and Tarita Teriipaia (1962–1972). All three marriages ended in divorce… A 2020 GQ story said that Marlon Brando “left behind 14 children and at least 30 grandchildren” at his death in 2004.


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