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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Place of Death
Westwood,Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of Death
Respiratory Failure From Pulmonary Fibrosis With Congestive Heart Failure
Claim to Fame
A Streetcar Nemed Desire (1951), On The Waterfront (1954), The Godfather (1972).
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Marlon Brando, Jr. was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor whose body of work spanned over half a century. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential actors of the 20th Century. Brando is best known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, both directed by Elia Kazan in the early 1950s, and his Academy-Award winning performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather and as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, the latter two directed by Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970s.Brando was also an activist, lending his presence to many issues, including the American Civil Rights and American Indian Movements. He was named the fourth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.Brando was born to Marlon Brando Sr. (1895–1965) and Dorothy Pennebaker Brando (1897-1954) in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1935, when he was 11 years old, his parents separated. His mother briefly took her three children (Marlon, Jocelyn (1919–2005) and Frances Brando (1922-1994) to live with her mother in Santa Ana, California, until 1937 when the parents reconciled and moved to Libertyville, Illinois, a village northwest of Chicago. The family was primarily of Dutch, Irish, German, Huguenot and English stock. Contrary to what is stated in some biographies, Brando`s grandfather was not French; he, Eugene E. Brando, was from New York state. Brando`s grandmother Marie Holloway abandoned Eugene and their son Marlon Brando Sr. when he was five years old. The Brando family had been long settled in New York state. The family name was earlier spelled Brandow and originated with a German immigrant, Johann Wilhelm Brandau, who settled in America in the early 1700s. Brando`s mother, Dodie, was an unconventional but intelligent and talented woman. She smoked, wore pants and drove automobiles at a time when it was unusual for women to do so. However she suffered from alcoholism and often had to be retrieved from Chicago bars by Brando`s father. She later became a leader of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dodie was an actress and administrator in local theater and was written about for her theatrical work by the Omaha newspapers. She helped a young Henry Fonda to begin his own acting career, and fueled Brando`s interest in stage acting. His father, Marlon Sr., was a gifted amateur photographer. Brando`s maternal grandmother, Bessie Gahan Pennebaker Meyers, to whom Brando was perhaps closer than his own mother, was also unconventional. Widowed at a young age, she worked to support herself as a secretary and later as a Christian Science healer, and was well known in Omaha. Her father, Myles Gahan, was a doctor from Ireland and her mother, Julia Watts, was from England. Brando was a gifted mimic from early childhood and developed a rare ability to absorb the tics and mannerisms of people he played and to display those traits dramatically while staying in character. His sister, Jocelyn Brando, however, was the first to pursue a career in acting, going to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. She later appeared on Broadway, in movies and on television. Next, Marlon`s sister Frannie left college in California to study art in New York. Marlon followed.Brando had a tumultuous childhood. He was held back a year in school and was later expelled from Libertyville High School. At the age of 16, he was sent to Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota where his father had gone before him. At Shattuck, he excelled at theater and got along well within the structure of the school. In his final year (1943), he was put on probation for talking back to an officer during maneuvers. A part of his probation was that he be confined to the school campus but he eventually tried sneaking off campus into town and was caught. The faculty voted to expel him. He received support from his fellow students who thought the punishment too harsh. He was later invited back for the next year, but decided not to finish school.He worked as a ditch-digger in his hometown as a summer job arranged by his father, but had decided to follow his sisters to New York. One sister was trying to be a painter and the other had already appeared on Broadway. He visited his sister Frances in New York at Christmas 1942 and liked the experience. Brando was given six months of support from his father, after which his father offered to help him get a job as a salesman. Brando left Illinois for New York City, where he studied at the American Theatre Wing Professional School, New School Dramatic Workshop, and the Actors` Studio. It was at the New School`s Dramatic Workshop that he studied with Stella Adler and learned the techniques of the Stanislavski System. There is a possibly apocryphal story in which Adler spoke about teaching Brando, saying that she had instructed the class to act like chickens, then adding that a bomb was about to fall on them. Most of the class clucked and ran around wildly, but Brando sat calmly
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Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois, United States (Expelled), Shattuck Military Academy, Faribault , Minnesota, United States (Dropped Out)
Full Name at Birth
Marlon Brando Jr.
Marlon Brando, Sr. (A Pesticide And Chemical Feed Manufacturer.)
Dorothy Julia (née Pennebaker.)
Jocelyn Brando (1919–2005) (Aged 85 Or 86)., Frances Brando (1922-1994) (Aged 71 Or 72).
Elia Kazan, Wally Cox, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, Keenan Wynn, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Jean Simmons
Christian Brando (Son), Miko Brando (Son), Rebecca Brando (Daughter), Simon Brando (Son), Cheyenne Brando (Daughter), Ninna Brando (Daughter), Myles Brando (Son), Timothy Brando (Son), Stefano Brando/Stephen Blackehart (Son), Dylan Brando (Son), Angelique Brando (Daughter), Petra Brando-Corval (Adopted Daughter), Maimiti Brando (Adopted Daughter), Raiatua Brando (Adopted Daughter)
Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. He is credited with bringing realism to film acting, helping to popularize the Stanislavski system of acting, studying with Stella Adler in the 1940s. Regarded for his cultural influence on 20th century film, Brando's Academy Award-winning performances include that of Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972). Brando was an activist for many causes, notably the civil rights movement and various Native American movements.
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