Marlon Brando Net Worth

Marlon Brando Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Marlon Brando net worth is
$100 Million

Marlon Brando Wiki Biography

Marlon Brando was born on 3 April 1924 ,in Omaha, Nebraska USA of Irish, Dutch, German and English heritage. He died on 1 July 2004, aged 80. Marlon Brando was a famous actor, director and social activist and had a great influence on today’s film and acting industry.

So how big is Marlon Brando’s net worth? Sources estimate his net worth to be an impressive amount of $100 million, which Brando accumulated through a lifetime of amazing acting in a great number of roles in film, television and theater.

Marlon Brando Net Worth $100 Million

Marlon’s interest in acting became clear in the very early stages of his life, when used to do various impressions of his classmates. Marlon’s feature film debut was in the American drama film “The Men” in 1950. At that time, he had already made a great impression on the Broadway stage and was even called “Broadway’s Most Promising Actor” by the critics. In 1951, Brando appeared in his second feature film, the drama “A Streetcar Named Desire”. For this role, Brando was nominated for an Academy Award as the “Best Actor”. Even though this was just his second film role, Brando instantly became one of the Hollywood’s most famous male actors. A year later, Marlon appeared in the biographical film “Viva Zapata!” and received both BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival Awards for his amazing performance.

The next 20 years of Brando’s career were the most successful, and during this period he built most of his impressive net worth. While most of his roles were successful, a few of his titles stand out among the others, such as crime drama “On the Waterfront” (1954), film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” (1953), romantic film “Last Tango in Paris” (1972), crime film “The Godfather” (1972) and the epic adventure film “Apocalypse Now” (1979).

Even though played a few decent roles in the 60s, at that time period Marlon was more interested in taking part in social movements and some of his movies were not as successful as those in which he starred before and after this decade, making the 60s the worst period of his acting career. However, in the 70s and 80s, Brando returned to his previous position as one of the best Hollywood actors and won a great number of awards for his spectacularly played roles, therefore, his net worth began to further increase. During his acting career, Brando won two Oscar Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA awards and many other awards which are a mark of his success.

In his personal life, Marlon Brando was always an interesting person and was never afraid to express his sometimes controversial views or opinions. Brando participated in various campaigns and movements seeking equal rights for African-American and Native-American people. Throughout his life, Brando had several wives and girlfriends and had been a father to 16 children. His first wife was Anna Kashfi with whom he had a son Christian (born in 1958). With his second wife, Movita Castaneda, Brando had two children: Mico (born in 1961) and Rebecca (born in 1966). Brando had two more children with his third wife, Tarita Teriipaia: Simon Teihotu (born in 1963) and Tarita Cheyenne (born in 1970). Brando also had three children with Maria Christina Ruiz and five children with unknown women.

Full NameMarlon Brando
Net Worth$100 Million
Date Of BirthApril 3, 1924, Omaha, Nebraska, United States)
DiedJuly 1, 2004, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthOmaha
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
EducationActors Studio, The New School, Shattuck-Saint Mary's
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseTarita Teriipaia (m. 1962–1972), Movita Castaneda (m. 1960–1962), Anna Kashfi (m. 1957–1959)
ChildrenChristian Brando, Cheyenne Brando
ParentsDodie Brando, Marlon Brando, Sr.
SiblingsJocelyn Brando, Frances Brando
NicknamesMarlon Brando, Jr. , Bud , Mr. Mumbles , Marlon Brando Jr.
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Cannes Best Actor Award, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Act...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Directors Guild o...
MoviesThe Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire, Apocalypse Now, On the Waterfront, The Wild One, Last Tango in Paris, Superman, The Score, Guys and Dolls, One-Eyed Jacks, Listen to Me Marlon, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Julius Caesar, Don Juan DeMarco, The Freshman, Sayonara, The Young Lions, The Chase, The ...
TV ShowsThe Godfather Saga, Omnibus, Actors Studio
1Usually received top-billing in movies. Even if didn't have the titular role or was the most seen character
2Was known for being very difficult to work with
3Often improvised his own dialogue
4The pioneering use of Method Acting
5Frequently played young, somewhat misunderstood rebels in his youth (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Wild One (1953), On the Waterfront (1954)), and later powerful criminals (The Godfather (1972), The Formula (1980), The Freshman (1990)).
6Bizarrely unique voice with an extreme nasal tonality spoken in mumbles
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (2001)$1,000,000
The Score (2001)$3,000,000
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)$5,000,000
A Dry White Season (1989)$3,300,000 plus 11.3% of gross with proviso M.G.M. would contribute his upfront payment plus a similar amount to an anti-apartheid group
A Dry White Season (1989)$4,000
The Formula (1980)$2,700,000
Apocalypse Now (1979)$2,000,000 plus additional percentage (equivalent of $6,338,429 in 2012 dollars)
Apocalypse Now (1979)$3,500,000
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)$25,000
Superman (1978)$3,000,000
The Missouri Breaks (1976)$1,250,000 plus 11% of gross receipts over $8,850,000 (equivalent of $5,000,000 in 2012 dollars)
Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)$250,000 + 10% of the profits (equivalent of $10,000,00 in 2012 dollars)0
The Godfather (1972)$50,000 plus percentage of gross on sliding scale; points sold back for $100,000 ($150,000 equivalent of to $865,000 in 2013 dollars)
The Nightcomers (1971)$50,000
Queimada (1969)$750,000
The Night of the Following Day (1968)$50,000
Candy (1968)$50,000 plus points
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)$750,000 + 10% of the net profits (equivalent of $5,326,041 today)
The Chase (1966)$750,000 plus $130,000 fee to his production company Pennebaker (equivalent of $6,249,222 in 2012 dollars)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)$1,250,000 (equivalent of $9,500,000 in 2012 dollars)
Sayonara (1957)$300,000 (equivalent of $2,456,423 in 2012 dollars)
Guys and Dolls (1955)$200,000 (equivalent of $1,710,668 in 2012 dollars)
On the Waterfront (1954)$100,000 (equivalent of $855,334 in 2012 dollars)
Viva Zapata! (1952)$100,000 (equivalent of $868,245 in 2012 dollars)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)$75,000 (equivalent of $663,706 in 2012 dollars)
The Men (1950)$50,000 (equivalent of $477,354 in 2012 dollars)
The Men (1950)$40,000
1I too have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. I'd never paid much attention to what people think about me. Deep down, I feel a bit ambiguous.
2[To Bernardo Bertolucci about his role in Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)] Never again will I make a film like this one. For the first time, I have felt a violation of my innermost self. It should be the last time.
3I am myself, and if I have to hit my head against a brick wall to remain true to myself, I will do it.
4[after directing One-Eyed Jacks (1961)] I don't feel it's what I set out to do. In my film, everybody lied, even the girl. The only one who told the truth was the Karl Malden character. Paramount made him out to be the heavy, a liar. Now the characters in the film are black and white, not gray and human as I planned them.
5[before directing One-Eyed Jacks (1961)] I want to make a frontal assault on the temple of clichés.
6[on Leonardo DiCaprio] He looks like a girl.
7To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
8I'm not a film fanatic. If I never saw another movie in my life, it wouldn't bother me. Acting is what I do to make money, but it's certainly not my life-style. Compared to world affairs, to peace conferences, making a movie is absolutely nothing!
9If you want something from an audience, you give blood to their fantasies. It's the ultimate hustle.
10[on Burt Reynolds] He's the epitome of everything that's disgusting about the thespian. He worships at the temple of his own narcissism.
11I don't think it's the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed.
12[observation, 1952] One more film and I will have my pile. My mother and father are taken care of. I have eight hundred head of cattle on my ranch in Nevada. This [Viva Zapata! (1952)] should soon bring me an income of $80,000 a year. That will be enough. Any acting I do will be on the stage.
13[on Hollywood] A small-minded little town in the middle of nowhere.
14[To his cast and crew on the set of One-Eyed Jacks (1961)] I've got to have clouds, not a clear sky, before we can go on shooting.
15[To his cast on the set of One-Eyed Jacks (1961)] I don't know how this film is going to end. But I want a scene where someone gets shot in the back. Who wants to be the shooter? Who wants to be the shootee?
16[on Charles Chaplin] Chaplin you got to go with. Chaplin is a man whose talents is such that you have to gamble. First off, comedy is his backyard. He's a genius, a cinematic genius. A comedic talent without peer.
17[on American Indians] When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues.
18You can say something in a certain spirit, with a smile, but when it appears in print, there's no smile.
19I'm not going to lay myself at the feet of the American public and invite them into my soul. My soul is a private place. And I have some resentment of the fact that I live in a system where you have to do that.
20Ask most kids about details about Auschwitz or about how the American Indians were assassinated as a people and they don't know anything about it. They don't want to know anything. Most people just want their beer or their soap opera or their lullaby.
21[on his refusal to talk about Marilyn Monroe's death] It's disemboweling a ghost.
22I just don't believe in washing my dirty underwear for all to see, and I'm not interested in the confessions of movie stars.
23What people are willing to do in front of a public is puzzling. I don't understand why they do it. I guess it makes them feel a little less lonely. I always found it distasteful and not something I cared to do.
24If you've made a hit movie, then you get the full 32-teeth display in some places; and if you've sort of faded, they say, "Are you still making movies? I remember that picture, blah blah blah." And so it goes. The point of all this is, people are interested in people who are successful.
25People will like you who never met you, they think you're absolutely wonderful; and then people also will hate you, for reasons that have nothing to do with any real experience with you. People don't want to lose their enemies. We have favorite enemies, people we love to hate and we hate to love. If they do something good, we don't like it. I found myself doing that with Ronald Reagan. He is anathema to me. If he does something that's reasonable, I find my mind trying to find some way to interpret it so that it's not reasonable, so that somewhere it's jingoist extremism.
26George Bernard Shaw said that thinking was the greatest of all human endeavors, but I would say that feeling was. Allowing yourself to feel things, to feel love or wrath, hatred, rage.
27Acting is just hustling.
28A prostitute can give you all kinds of wonderful excitement and inspiration and make you think that nirvana has arrived on the two-o'clock plane, and it ain't necessarily so.
29I don't think any movie is a work of art.
30Mao Tse-tung was the last giant.
31We've somehow substituted craft for art and cleverness for craft. It's revolting! It's disgusting that people talk about art and they haven't got the right to use the word. It doesn't belong on anybody's tongue in this century. There are no artists. We are businessmen. We're merchants. There is no art. Pablo Picasso was the last one I would call an artist.
32[on claims he defamed Italian-Americans with his portrayal of The Godfather (1972)] I played an Irishman who was a freak psychopath (in The Nightcomers (1971)) and I didn't get any letters from any Irish-American organizations. It would have been difficult to make The Godfather (1972) with an eighth Chinese, a quarter Russian, a quarter Irish and an eighth Hispanic. Very difficult to take those people to Sicily and call them O'Houlihan.
33[on acting] I don't put it down. But I resent people putting it up.
34[on the taxi cab scene in On the Waterfront (1954)] People often spoke about that, "Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah." It wasn't wonderful at all. The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he's partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn't the scene itself.
35[on Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)] I don't know what that film's about. So much of it was improvised. [Bernardo Bertolucci] wanted to do this, to do that. I'd seen his other movie, The Conformist (1970), and I thought he was a man of special talent. And he thought of all kinds of improvisations. He let me do anything. He told me the general area of what he wanted and I tried to produce the words or the action.
36If an actor can't improvise, then perhaps the producer's wife cast him in that part. You wouldn't be in the film with such a person. Some actors don't like it. Laurence Olivier doesn't like to improvise; everything is structured and his roles are all according to an almost architectural plan.
37[on Charles Chaplin] A remarkable talent but a monster of a man.
38I liked High Anxiety (1977). Mel Brooks makes me laugh. They had a Laurel and Hardy festival on television; boy, I laughed at that. It went on all night long; I was up half the night laughing.
39[on Lily Tomlin] Good God, is she angry. Whew! She gives me the impression of somebody incandescent with rage that comes out in this crinkle-eyed smiling face. Acid. She's funny, but all of her humor comes from anguish, rage and pain. Don Rickles, too. Most humor does.
40Bob Hope will go to the opening of a phone booth in a gas station in Anaheim, provided they have a camera and three people there. He'll go to the opening of a market and receive an award. Get an award from Thom McAn for wearing their shoes. It's pathetic. It's a bottomless pit. A barrel that has no floor. He must be a man who has an ever-crumbling estimation of himself. He's constantly filling himself up. He's like a junkie -- an applause junkie, like Sammy Davis Jr.. Sammy desperately longs to be loved, approved of. He's very talented.
41I don't know Woody Allen, but I like him very much. I saw Annie Hall (1977) -- enjoyed it enormously, He's an important man. Woody Allen can't make any sense out of this world and he really tells wonderful jokes about it. Don't you think it was remarkable that his time came to get his door prize at the Academy Awards and he stayed home and played his clarinet? That was as witty and funny a thing as you could do.
42Mothers feel about their children the way husbands feel about women. It's 'my' kid. Women who are in the women's movement, some of them say they are not their husband's possession, but then they'll unconsciously refer to their child as a possession. They use the same kind of language about their children as they would hate for their husbands to use about them.
43The Godfather (1972) said that a man with a briefcase can steal more money than a man with a pistol.
44If you have enough money, you can do anything. You can even get a President shot. All you have to do is hire Sam Giancana, Sirhan Sirhan. You can get anybody killed for a can of beer. Hire some dumbo hit man, pay him $50,000. You can hire a 17-year-old kid, he'll be out in the streets in two or three years.
45I think Robert F. Kennedy really, finally, cared; he realized that all of the rhetoric had to be put down into some form of action. That's perhaps the reason they killed him. They don't care what you say, you can say as much as you want to, provided you don't do anything. If you start to do something and your shuffling raises too much dust, they will disestablish you. That's what happened to Martin Luther King.
46I'm often amused when I read American history and I read what great things America was going to be, what great things we were going to produce, the magnificent life we were going to have. We were determined to be an impressive and strong nation that needed a lot of people and a lot of land. And all those people who came: "Give us your great unwashed." Well, we got all the great unwashed there were. From every prison we certainly got a lot of scum and dummies. We didn't get the cream of the crop. We got people from the lowest echelons of society who couldn't make it or weren't happy where they were. Or who were taken from Africa, brought to America in chains and turned into animals.
47[on working with David Niven on Bedtime Story (1964)] Working with David was the only time I ever looked forward to filming. I just couldn't wait to wake up each morning and go to work so he could make me laugh.
48[on his regret at not appearing in the movie version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)] I know more about being a homosexual than Paul Newman. It's very clear to me that Tennessee Williams modeled Alexandra Del Lago after Tallulah Bankhead. I surely know how to appear opposite a Tallulah character better than Newman.
49I'm just another son-of-a-bitch sitting in a motor home on a film set and they come looking for Zeus.
50An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening.
51If I hadn't been an actor, I've often thought I'd have become a con man and wound up in jail.
52I hated authority and did everything I could to defeat it by resisting it, subverting it, tricking it and outmaneuvering it. I would do anything to avoid being treated like a cipher.
53Food has always been my friend. When I wanted to feel better or had a crisis in my life, I opened the icebox.
54With so much prejudice, racial discrimination, injustice, hatred, poverty, starvation and suffering in the world, making movies seemed increasingly silly and irrelevant.
55Acting is an illusion, a form of histrionic slight of hand, and in order to carry it off, an actor must have intense concentration. Before I go into a scene, I study it, almost psychoanalyze it. Then I discuss it with the director and then rehearse it. When actual shooting commences, I put in earplugs to screen out the extraneous noises that inevitably prick at one's concentration.
56I know it can be hard for a troubled kid like James Dean to have to live up to sudden fame and the ballyhoo Hollywood created around him. I saw it happen to Marilyn Monroe and I also knew it from my own experience. In trying to copy me, I think Jimmy was only attempting to deal with these insecurities, but I told him it was a mistake.
57Everyone on a movie deserves an award - not just one person.
58A lot of the old movie stars couldn't act their way out of a box of wet tissue paper, but they were successful because they had distinctive personalities. They were predictable brands of breakfast cereal: on Wednesdays we had Quaker Oats and Gary Cooper; on Fridays we had Wheaties and Clark Gable. They were off-the-shelf products you expected always to be the same, actors and actresses with likable personalities who played themselves more or less the same role the same way every time out.
59News is business. And, uh, people sell news, and unfortunately people in my position are in the public eye, are sellable commodities, but they're not any different than Kleenex or Dial Soap or anything else. And uh, so if we find something out that's about your sex life, or something you do with your fingernails after you cut them off, if you smoke the grime from your navel, then... then... that's big news. That's important... But anyway, it doesn't matter. Because, finally, you know... I've found that people really don't believe all the nonsense they read. And they look at you when they meet you, and wonder if it's true, but they finally make a decision based on what their experience with you personally is.
60On The Godfather (1972), I had signs and cue cards everywhere -- on my shirt sleeves, on a watermelon and glued to the scenery. Not memorizing lines increased the illusion of reality and spontaneity.
61I had a great deal of respect for Don Corleone; I saw him as a man of substance, tradition, dignity, refinement, a man of unerring instinct who just happened to live in a violent world and who had to protect himself and his family in this environment. I saw him as a decent person regardless of what he had to do, as a man who believed in family values and was shaped by events just like the rest of us.
62[on Al Pacino] I didn't say much to Pacino when we were making The Godfather (1972), but I not only consider him one of the best actors in America, but in the world. I never meant anything more in my life.
63When I saw The Godfather (1972) the first time, it made me sick; all I could see were my mistakes and I hated it. But years later, when I saw it on television from a different perspective, I decided it was a pretty good film.
64If given the choice between Kenneth Branagh's production of Henry V (1989) or Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Terminator (1984), there's hardly a question of where most television dials would be turned. If the expenditure of money for entertainment in America is any indication of taste, clearly the majority of us are addicted to trash.
65I come from a long line of Irish drunks.
66I bumped into Marilyn Monroe at a party. While other people drank and danced, she sat by herself in a corner almost unnoticed, playing the piano.
67[on Lee Strasberg] An ambitious, selfish man who exploited the people who attended the Actors Studio, and he tried to project himself as an acting oracle and guru. Some people worshipped him, but I never knew why.
68Most New York and Beverly Hills psychoanalysts are a little crazy themselves, as well as highly motivated to separate patients from their money while making their emotional problems worse.
69Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: "How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty... how could she kill herself?" Nobody could understand it because those are the things that everybody wants, and they can't believe that life wasn't important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere.
70At Paramount, I sat at lunch with John Wayne. I couldn't even talk.
71[on Marilyn Monroe] Marilyn was a sensitive, misunderstood person, much more perceptive than was generally assumed. She had been beaten down, but had a strong emotional intelligence -- a keen intuition for the feelings of others, the most refined type of intelligence. We had an affair and saw each other intermittently until she died in 1962. It's been speculated that she had a secret rendezvous with [Robert F. Kennedy] that week and was distraught because he wanted to end an affair between them. But she didn't seem depressed to me, and I don't think that if she was sleeping with him at the time she would have invited me over for dinner. I'm sure she didn't commit suicide. I have always believed that she was murdered.
72The good directors that I've worked with will say I'm a good guy. The other fellows will say I'm a bad guy.
73[on Dustin Hoffman] I believe that he has talent. He ought to get away from this rather nervous character that he's played since Midnight Cowboy (1969). Then we'd really be able to see that he's a complete actor.
74[on Hollywood] A cultural boneyard.
75Regrets belong to the past.
76Humphrey Bogart played himself in every movie. Clark Gable always played Clark Gable.
77Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
78You're not going to call The Rolling Stones artists. I heard somebody compare them - or The Beatles - to Bach [Johann Sebastian Bach]. It was claimed they had created something as memorable and as important as Bach, Haydn [Joseph Haydn], Mozart [Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart] and Schubert [Franz Schubert]. I hate rock 'n' roll. It's ugly. I liked it when the blacks had it in 1927.
79[on Cheyenne Autumn (1964)] That was worse than any other film, because it didn't tell the truth. Superduper patriots like John Ford could never say that the American government was at fault. He made the evil cavalry captain a foreigner. John Ford had him speak with a thick accent, you didn't know what he was, but you knew he didn't represent Mom's apple pie.
80[on Burt Reynolds] I disagree with the thought process of people like him, who is a totally narcissistic person who epitomizes everything wrong with being a celebrity in Hollywood.
81I know I'm not an easy person to get along with, I'm no walk in the park.
82[1976] Homosexuality is so much in fashion it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing.
83Three or four times, I've pulled a gun on somebody. I had a problem after Charles Manson, deciding to get a gun. But I didn't want somebody coming in my house and committing mayhem. The Hillside Strangler victims - one of the girls was found in back of my Los Angeles house. My next-door neighbor was murdered, strangled in the bathroom. Mulholland Drive is full of crazy people. We have nuts coming up and down all the time.
84I don't see anybody as evil. When you start seeing people as evil, you're in trouble. The thing that's going to save us is understanding. The inspection of the mind of Eichmann [Adolf Eichmann] or Himmler [Heinrich Himmler]... Just to dispense with them as evil is not enough, because it doesn't bring you understanding. You have to see them for what they are. You have to examine John Wayne. He's not a bad person. Who among us is going to say he's a bad man? He feels justified for what he does. The damage that he does he doesn't consider damage, he thinks it's an honest presentation of the facts.
85Everybody ought not to turn his back on the phenomenon of hatred in whatever form it takes. We have to find out what the anatomy of hatred is before we can understand it. We have to make some attempt to put it into some understandable form. Any kind of group hatred is extremely dangerous and much more volatile than individual hatred. Heinous crimes are committed by groups and it's all done, of course, in the name of right, justice. It's John Wayne. It's the way he thinks. All the crimes committed against Indians are not considered crimes by John Wayne.
86[on John Wayne's 1971 interview with Playboy magazine] That doesn't need a reply, it's self-evident. You can't even get mad at it; it's so insane that there's just nothing to say about it. He would be, according to his point of view, someone not disposed to returning any of the colonial possessions in Africa or Asia to their rightful owners. He would be sharing a perspective with B.J. Vorster if he were in South Africa. He would be on the side of Ian Smith. He would have shot down Gandhi [Mohandas K. Gandhi], called him a rabble rouser. The only freedom fighters he would recognize would be those who were fighting Communists; if they were fighting to get out from under colonial rule, he'd call them terrorists. The Indians today he'd call agitators, terrorists, who knows? If John Wayne ran for President, he would get a great following... I think he's been enormously instrumental in perpetuating this view of the Indian as a savage, ferocious, destructive force. He's made us believe things about the Indian that were never true and perpetuated the myth about how wonderful the frontiersmen were and how decent and honorable we all were.
87I always enjoyed watching John Wayne, but it never occurred to me until I spoke with Indians how corrosive and damaging and destructive his movies were - most Hollywood movies were.
88This is a false world. It's been a struggle to try to preserve my sanity and sense of reality taken away by success. I have to fight hard to preserve that sense of reality so as to bring up my children.
89I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.
90Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.
91The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
92I have eyes like those of a dead pig.
93America has been good to me, but that wasn't a gift.
94If Wally [Wally Cox] had been a woman, I would have married him and we would have lived happily ever after.
95Most people want those fantasies of those who are worthy of our hate - we get rid of a lot of anger that way; and of those who are worthy of our idolatry. Whether it's Farrah Fawcett or somebody else, it doesn't make a difference. They're easily replaceable units, pick 'em out like a card file. Johnnie Ray enjoyed that kind of hysterical popularity, celebration, and then suddenly he wasn't there anymore. The Beatles are now nobody in particular. Once they set screaming crowds running after them, they ran in fear of their lives, they had special tunnels for them. They can walk almost anyplace now. Because the fantasy is gone. Elvis Presley - bloated, over the hill, adolescent entertainer, suddenly drawing people into Las Vegas - had nothing to do with excellence, just myth. It's convenient for people to believe that something is wonderful, therefore they're wonderful.
96A movie that I was in, called On the Waterfront (1954): there was a scene in a taxicab, where I turn to my brother, who's come to turn me over to the gangsters, and I lament to him that he never looked after me, he never gave me a chance, that I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum... "You should of looked out after me, Charley." It was very moving. And people often spoke about that, "Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah." It wasn't wonderful at all. The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he's partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn't the scene itself. There are other scenes where you'll find actors being expert, but since the audience can't clearly identify with them, they just pass unnoticed. Wonderful scenes never get mentioned, only those scenes that affect people.
97Even today, I meet people who think of me automatically as a tough, insensitive, coarse guy named Stanley Kowalski. They can't help it, but it is troubling.
98I'm one of those people who believes that if I'm very good in this life I'll go to France when I die.
99It seems to me hilarious that our government put the face of Elvis Presley on a postage stamp after he died from an overdose of drugs. His fans don't mention that because they don't want to give up their myths. They ignore the fact that he was a drug addict and claim he invented rock 'n' roll when in fact he took it from black culture; they had been singing that way for years before he came along, copied them and became a star.
100It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek... Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.
101[on Malcolm X] He was a dynamic person, a very special human being who might have caused a revolution. He had to be done away with. The American government couldn't let him live. If 23 million blacks found a charismatic leader like he was, they would have followed him. The powers that be couldn't accept that.
102If the vacuum formed by Dr. [Martin Luther King's] death isn't filled with concern and understanding and a measure of love, then I think we all are really going to be lost here in this country.
103[after accepting the Best Actor Oscar for On the Waterfront (1954) at the 27th Academy Awards ceremony] I can't remember what I was going to say for the life of me. I don't think ever in my life that so many people were so directly responsible for my being so very, very happy.
104[on the Academy Awards, Connie Chung TV interview, 1990] What do I care? I've made all the money I need to make. I won a couple of Academy Awards if I ever cared about that. I've been nominated I don't know how many times and I'm in a position of respect and standing in my craft as an actor in this country. So what the hell, I don't need to gild the lily.
105[on the Academy Awards, to Connie Chung after his Best Supporting Actor nomination for A Dry White Season (1989)] That's a part of the sickness in America, that you have to think in terms of who wins, who loses, who's good, who's bad, who's best, who's worst... I don't like to think that way. Everybody has their own value in different ways, and I don't like to think who's the best at this. I mean, what's the point of it?
106[on directing] I did it once. It was an ass-breaker. You work yourself to death. You're the first one up in the morning... I mean, we shot that thing [One-Eyed Jacks (1961)] on the run, you know. You make up the dialog the scene before, improvising, and your brain is going crazy.
107[on his characterization of Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)] [The role] was actor-proof, a scene that demonstrated how audiences often do much of the acting themselves in an effectively told story.
108Acting is an empty and useless profession.
109[on the impact of The Godfather (1972)] I'd gotten to know quite a few mafiosi, and all of them told me they loved the picture because I had played the Godfather with dignity. Even today I can't pay a check in Little Italy.
110Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting is a sign of maturity.
111Regret is useless in life. It's in the past. All we have is now.
112[when asked how he spent his time away from the camera] People ask that a lot. They say, "What did you do while you took time out?", as if the rest of my life is taking time out. But the fact is, making movies is time out for me because the rest, the nearly complete whole, is what's real for me. I'm not an actor and haven't been for years. I'm a human being - hopefully a concerned and somewhat intelligent one - who occasionally acts.
113[on his unforgettable role as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972)] I went home and did some rehearsing to satisfy my curiosity about whether I could play an Italian. I put on some makeup, stuffed Kleenex in my cheeks and worked out the characterization first in front of a mirror, then on a television monitor. After working on it, I decided I could create a characterization that would support the story. The people at Paramount saw the footage and liked it, and that's how I became the Godfather.
114[on Frank Sinatra] He's the kind of guy that when he dies, he's going up to heaven and give God a bad time for making him bald.
115If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
116With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end. I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes.
117The most repulsive thing you could ever imagine is the inside of a camel's mouth. That and watching a girl eat octopus or squid.
118I don't want to spread the peanut butter of my personality on the mouldy bread of the commercial press.
119[on one of his most famous characters, Stanley Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)] Kowalski was always right, and never afraid. He never wondered, he never doubted. His ego was very secure. And he had the kind of brutal aggressiveness that I hate. I'm afraid of it. I detest the character.
120If you're successful, acting is about as soft a job as anybody could ever wish for. But if you're unsuccessful, it's worse than having a skin disease.
121I put on an act sometimes, and people think I'm insensitive. Really, it's like a kind of armour because I'm too sensitive. If there are two hundred people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out.
122I don't know what people expect when they meet me. They seem to be afraid that I'm going to piss in the potted palm and slap them on the ass.
123Would people applaud me if I were a good plumber?
124An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
125The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them.
126The more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to be brutalised, develop scabs and never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything because you always feel too much.
1Soon after his birth the family moved to Libertyville, Illinois where he was raised.
2About a year into the run of A Streetcar Named Desire on the New York stage he was fooling around with some of the guys backstage and ended up with a broken nose.
3Wore lifts in some of his films.
4Got his role as Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979) after Al Pacino turned down.
5Had to lose weight in order to play Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
6In the early 1960s, he contributed thousands of dollars to both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCIC) and to a scholarship fund established for the children of martyred Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers.
7Was one of the many Hollywood celebrities who like to make weekend visit's to Ralph Helfer's "Africa U.S.A" Exotic Animal Ranch in Soledad Canyon, California.
8In late 1959, this was suggested that he might play William the Conqueror in an epic film which would be the first Cinerama movie to tell a dramatic story instead of being simply a travelogue. Reports suggested that Maria Schell might be his leading lady, that Christopher Fry might write the script and that Laurence Olivier might direct. However, the film was never made, and it seems likely that none of these celebrities was actually made any firm offer. This was several years more before the first narrative films in Cinerama.
9He won his first Oscar for On the Waterfront (1954) on March 20, 1955, four days before he turned age 31, making him the youngest Best Actor winner. He held the record for 23 years.
10Although he played John Cazale, James Caan and Al Pacino's father in The Godfather (1972), he was only eleven years older than Cazale and sixteen years older than Caan and Pacino in real life.
11Had appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: On the Waterfront (1954) and The Godfather (1972).
12He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1765 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
13He appeared with Glenn Ford in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) and Superman (1978) while his elder sister Jocelyn Brando worked with him in The Big Heat (1953).
14Playing the role of Stanley Kowalski, Brando had to describe the Napoleonic Code. Later in his career, he would play the role of Napoleon in Désirée (1954).
15Between 1981 and 1983, Brando received multimillion offers to play Al Capone, Pablo Picasso and Karl Marx but turned them down.
16Brando enjoyed talking to strangers on other islands or passing boats on his ham radio anonymously. He did not used his real name, and often called himself "Mike" or "Matin Bumby" and spoke in very believable French, German and Japanese accents.
17Brando donated his $25,000 salary for his one day of work on Roots: The Next Generations (1979) to the American Indian Movement.
18Brando agreed to appear in Candy (1968) as a favour to friend Christian Marquand, who helped with Brando's negotiations with the French government in purchasing the Tahitian island of Tetiaroa.
19When shooting The Men (1950), Brando stayed in the one bedroom apartment of actor Richard Erdman. Brando slept on the couch and was a voracious eater. Brando, who was being paid $40,000 for his role, never offered to help with expenses or restock the refrigerator for Erdman, who was being paid only $5000.
20While he was at the Actors Studio, Brando directed Julie Harris in a modern version of "Hedda Gabler" set in Nebraska.
21When asked to contribute to his biography for the theater program of "I Remember Mama", Brando claimed he was born in Calcutta and had a Great Dane whom he feeds "dehydrated cubes of dog food".
22His mother co-starred with a young Henry Fonda in Eugene O'Neill's "Beyond the Horizon" at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
23Acquired the nickname of 'Bud' to distinguish himself from his father whom he disliked.
24Brando was a great fan of French actress Arletty, who had played Blanche Dubois on the Paris stage and was in a film he greatly admired, Children of Paradise (1945). When he went to Paris, he made it a point to meet her but was disappointed, calling her a "real tough bird".
25Producer Robert Evans said that Brando was signed for the role of Don Corleone in The Godfather (1972) for $50,000 plus a percentage of the gross on a sliding scale: after the film hit a $10 million threshold, Brando would receive 1% of the gross for the next $10 million and an additional 1% for every $10 million up to 5% when the film grossed over $60 million. (Thus, Brando would receive $100,000 for the second $10 million; $200,000 for the third $10 million; $300,000 for the fourth $10 million; $400,000 for the fifth $10 million; and 5% of everything above that. In desperate need of cash, Brando's attorney called Evans and requested a $100,000 advance. Charlie Bluhdorn, who owned Paramount, demanded that he surrender his points for the cash, and Brando did. Upon its release, "The Godfather" became the top-grossing film of all time. Evans estimated that Brando lost $11 million by selling back his points. Brando was so angry, he refused to appear in The Godfather: Part II (1974) unless he was compensated for his bad deal. Paramount refused. When the studio considered him for the lead in The Great Gatsby (1974), he pushed aside his agent and demanded an unprecedented $4 million fee, seeking to make up for his lost money. Paramount cast Robert Redford instead.
26Was a huge fan of professional wrestling.
27One of only four actors to win two Oscars for films that also won Best Picture (the others being Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman). In addition, he and Hoffman are the only actors to win two Best Actor Oscars for films that won Best Picture.
28His Sacheen Littlefeather controversy at the Oscars resulted in the Academy setting stricter rules that nominees cannot send someone else to accept the award onstage or address the audience, and only the presenter is allowed to accept on the winner's behalf. Exceptions are made in the case that the honoree genuinely could not attend due to illness or death.
29He allegedly refused to be interviewed for Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) (a documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)) because he claimed Francis Ford Coppola still owed him $2 million.
30Finished first in MSN's "The Big 50: Cinema's Greatest Legends" poll in March 2009 (Robert De Niro finished runner-up with Al Pacino in third place).
31He died in 2004 at age 80, from obesity, pulmonary fibrosis, diabetes, cardiac failure, and an enlarged liver suggesting cancer.
32His ashes were scattered in Tahiti and Death Valley.
33In the last three years of his life, Marlon filmed a series of classes of him giving acting lessons to Sean Penn, Jon Voight and Nick Nolte. Marlon intended to call the series "Lying for a Living" and to sell DVDs of it on shopping channel QVC to raise money. The DVDs were never released publicly following his death.
34While making Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) in Tahiti, Brando fell in love with the place. So in 1966, he purchased Tetiaroa, a small atoll located approximately 30 miles north of Tahiti. Tetiaroa is to be the site of a lavish new ecological hotel called The Brando. Consisting of 30 deluxe fares (villas), it will be the only hotel on Tetiaroa.
35His idols are Fredric March, John Barrymore and Spencer Tracy.
36In a 1989 TV interview with Connie Chung, Brando told her that he contributed his entire salary for A Dry White Season (1989) to an anti-apartheid group in South Africa with the understanding that MGM would make a similar contribution. The movie was the first Brando had made in nine years. Brando quoted his salary at $3.3 million plus 11.3% of gross. He claimed that MGM reneged on its own matching contribution to the group and that he was uncertain how much the group received from MGM because of his percentage. Brando's anger with MGM over reneging on its charitable contribution and for cutting his scenes (which he felt were a more forceful indictment of apartheid and had been done to prevent South Africa's then-apartheid government from banning the studio's films) was felt to be one of the reasons that Brando gave his first interview in many years.
37Spoke French fluently, from his marriage to his Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) co-star Tarita.
38His favorite movie was Henry V (1989) which starred and was directed by Kenneth Branagh.
39Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 43-46. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
40In the summer of 1995, he started shooting a movie called "Divine Rapture" in the tiny Irish village of Ballycotton, County Cork. His co-stars were Johnny Depp, Debra Winger and John Hurt. Marlon was playing a priest in the film and he had dyed his hair red for the role. Shooting began, but was never completed due to lack of financing.
41Encouraged Johnny Depp to get himself a private island just like his one in Tahiti.
42Former brother-in-law of Eliot Asinof.
43His favorite comedians were Charles Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, W.C. Fields, Wally Cox, Woody Allen and Don Rickles. However, he did consider The Marx Brothers "embarassing".
44Brando's first Oscar nomination for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) marked his first of four consecutive nominations, a feat he shares with Jennifer Jones (1943-1946), Thelma Ritter (1950-1953), Elizabeth Taylor (1957-1960) and Al Pacino (1972-1975).
45His Mulholland Drive home once shared a driveway with his The Missouri Breaks (1976) co-star Jack Nicholson. Nicholson later bought Brando's home from his estate.
46The American Film Institute named him the fourth Greatest Male Star of All Time (1999).
47Turned down Stacy Keach's role in American History X (1998).
48He was sought for the role of O'Brien the interrogator in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), along with Sean Connery and Paul Scofield. Scofield accepted the role, but had to drop out of shooting after breaking his arm and was replaced by Richard Burton.
49Is related to four presidents of the United States: James Madison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Jimmy Carter; and to General George S. Patton.
50Brando was sought for the role of Bull McCabe in The Field (1990), but Richard Harris was cast instead.
51A large part of his estate was bought by entrepreneur Keya Morgan.
52He was originally cast in John Wayne's role as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror (1956), but backed out at the last minute.
53Turned down Charlton Heston's Oscar winning role in Ben-Hur (1959).
54Turned down Gary Cooper's Oscar winning role in High Noon (1952).
55Turned down Edmund Purdom's role in The Egyptian (1954).
56Originally considered too young at 23 to play Stanley Kowalski in the Broadway version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", and the producers of the show tried to get 34-year-old Burt Lancaster, newly a huge star in movies thanks to The Killers (1946). When Lancaster was unable to get permission from the film studio, Brando was given the part and became an overnight sensation.
57Grandfather of Tuki Brando, son of Brando's daughter Cheyenne, the three children of Teihotu Brando, Michael Brando son of Christian Brando, the children of Michael G. Gilman and Shane Brando and Prudence Brando, from Miko C. Brando, among others.
58Subject of the song "I'm Stuck in a Condo with Mr. Marlon Brando" by The Dickies.
59He was an avid user of the Internet in his final years, often going into chat rooms to start arguments.
60Was Oliver Stone's first choice for the role of Richard Boyle in Salvador (1986). However, Brando had become notoriously reclusive by the time the project got underway and turned down the role.
61Turned down the role of Vulcan in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). Director Terry Gilliam was summoned to Brando's Mulholland Dr. home in Los Angeles to discuss the role, but this became apparent that Brando really was not interested in taking the role. Nonetheless, Gilliam treasured the time he got to spend with Brando. The role later was played by Oliver Reed, who spent his time drinking and trying to seduce Uma Thurman, who was a virgin at the time.
62Sean Penn told writer Charles Bukowski that Brando put scripts from producers into his freezer, in order to use them as targets in skeet shooting. Brando would take the frozen scripts and have them tossed in the air into the canyon below his home at night, and then proceed to blast them into smithereens with a shotgun while they were on the fly. By freezing the scripts, the pages were stiff and made for better "clay pigeon" substitutes. The practice is mentioned in one of Bukowski's poems. Bukowski also wrote about Brando in his short story "You Kissed Lilly", in which Lilly masturbates while watching Brando in a movie on television. The story is part of the collection "Hot Water Music" (1983).
63Jay Kantor was a lowly mailroom clerk at Lew Wasserman's talent agency Music Corp. of America when he was sent to pick up Brando and drive him to the agency. Impressed by the young man, Brando promptly appointed him his agent (Kantor was the inspiration for the character Teddy Z on the television series The Famous Teddy Z (1989)).
64After he received his first Academy Award nomination (Best Actor for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)), Brando impishly told the Hollywood press corps that he would not attend the ceremony but would send a cab driver in his place to pick up the Oscar, should he win the award. Indeed, Brando did not attend, and some columnists claimed that a cabby actually was in attendance in Brando's seat at Los Angeles' RKO Pantages Theatre the night of ceremony of March 20, 1952. Alas, Brando was the sole "Steetcar" acting nominee not to win that night as Humphrey Bogart took home the gold, so the question can never be satisfactorily resolved.
65His character Ken Wilcheck in his cinema debut The Men (1950) has the nickname "Bud", which was his own nickname as he was a "junior". (Brando's father, Marlon Brando Sr., later worked for his company Pennebaker Productions, which was named after his mother, the former Dorothy Pennebaker.) The only other film in which Brando goes by the name which his family and intimate friends called him is The Night of the Following Day (1968).
66Brando's children: 1) From first marriage (with Anna Kashfi) = Christian Devi Brando aka Christian Brando (b. 1958); 2) From second marriage (with Movita Castaneda) = Miko C. Brando (b. 1961) and Rebecca Brando Kotlinzky (b. 1967); 3) From third marriage (with Tarita Teriipia) = Simon Teihotu Brando (b. 1967), Stefano Brando (b. 1967) and Tarita Cheyenne Brando (b. 1970 and d. 1995); 4) From liaisons with Maria Christina Ruiz, his maid = Ninna Priscilla Brando (b. 1989), Myles Jonathan Brando (b. 1992) and Timothy Gahan Brando (b. 1994). Also adopted three children: Petra Brando-Corval (daughter of Brando's assistant, Caroline Barrett), Maimiti Brando and Raiatua Brando.
67He was close friends with the reclusive singer Michael Jackson for many years, even appearing in his music video "You Rock My World" in 2001. The last time Brando left his bungalow in Hollywood was to stay at Jackson's Neverland Ranch in the summer of 2003.
68Brando's decision to send a Mexican actress named Maria Cruz--calling herself Sacheen Littlefeather--to refuse his Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather (1972) at The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) brought widespread condemnation. At the ceremony, Clint Eastwood remarked he did not know whether he should dedicate the Oscar he was presenting to "all the cowboys shot in John Ford's westerns". Michael Caine, nominated for his performance in Sleuth (1972), angrily condemned Brando's actions while Rock Hudson remarked, "Sometimes to be eloquent is to be silent.".
69Posthumously received the Stella Adler Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by his friend and neighbor Warren Beatty to his son Miko C. Brando.
70Supported John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.
71Made the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual survey of movie exhibitors, five times from 1954 to 1973. He debuted at #10 in 1954, and climbed to #6 in 1955 before falling off the list in 1956. He again made the list, as #4, in 1958. He did not appear on the list again until 1972, when he was ranked the #6 Box Office star after the extraordinary success of The Godfather (1972). He made one last appearance in 1973, going out as he had come onto the list, at #10.
72Was offered the role of Viktor Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago (1965) by double-Oscar winning director David Lean. However, a month went by and Brando failed to respond to Lean's written inquiry into whether he wanted to play Komarovsky, so the director offered the role to James Mason, who was a generation older than Brando. Lean decided on Mason, who initially accepted the role, as he did not want an actor who would overpower the character of Yuri Zhivago (specifically, to show Zhivago up as a lover of Lara, who would be played by the young Julie Christie, which the charismatic Brando might have done, shifting the sympathy of the audience). Mason eventually dropped out and Rod Steiger, who had just won the Silver Bear as Best Actor for his role as the eponymous The Pawnbroker (1964), accepted the role.
73Signed on to appear in director Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the play Child's Play (1972) as schoolteacher Joseph Dobbs, but backed out just before principal photography was to begin when he realized James Mason had the better role as his schoolteacher rival. According to Bob Thomas' "Brando: Portrait of the Artist as a Rebel", Brando quit the production when he realized his flagging career would soon be revitalized by the The Godfather (1972). A last-minute replacement, Robert Preston was signed to take over the role, and though a fine actor, he bombed in the performance due to over-projection of his voice (Preston had been playing mainly in the theater in the previous decade). Brando subsequently was sued by producer David Merrick. Ironically, both Brando and Mason were rivals for the role of Viktor Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago (1965). Both were offered the role by David Lean, and both turned the role down.
74Keith Richards's son, Marlon Richards is named after him.
75Was considered by director Tim Burton for the role of the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992). Batman creator Bob Kane was relieved that he was not cast, as he considered Brando the "wrongest possible choice for the role".
76Turned down the role of the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999), which went to Christopher Walken.
77Turned down the role of Earl Partridge in Magnolia (1999), which went to Jason Robards.
78The very last film role that was ever offered to him was Rayburn in Man on Fire (2004), less than a year before he passed away. The role instead went to Christopher Walken.
79Turned down the role of the Sundance Kid in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) after Paul Newman took over the production from Steve McQueen. McQueen, who was obsessed with Newman as his rival as a movie actor and superstar, had bought the script from William Goldman, originally called "The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy". McQueen was slated to play "The Sundance Kid". When he dropped out and Newman took over the production, the title was reversed and Brando was offered the role. He declined in order to film Burn! (1969) with Gillo Pontecorvo. Brando earlier had dropped out of Elia Kazan's The Arrangement (1969) shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Brando told Kazan he could not star in a run-of-the-mill movie after King's assassination. Instead, he opted for "Burn", which was a pro-revolutionary story about a rebellion of African slaves in the Caribbean.
80He worked for union scale on the anti-apartheid film A Dry White Season (1989) with the proviso that the producers donate $3 million (which would have been his normal fee) to charity. When Brando was interviewed by Connie Chung for her television program Saturday Night with Connie Chung (1989), broadcast on October 7, 1989, he said he was upset with the picture and mentioned the charitable gift the producers had made on his bequest to show his commitment to toppling apartheid in South Africa. Brando could be generous at that time, as he appeared to be set financially for life due to his profit participation in Apocalypse Now (1979) and the $14-million settlement he won from Superman (1978) producer Ilya Salkind. However, the defense of his son Christian Brando, who was arrested for murder on May 16, 1990, reportedly cost his father as much as $5 million, so Brando was forced to go back to work after almost a decade away from the screen, but for the anti-apartheid picture and what he intended as his career swan-song, The Freshman (1990), for which he was paid $3 million (approximately $4.7 million in 2005 dollars). When he died in 2004, Brando left an estate valued at more than $20 million.
81Brando's friend, actor William Redfield, mentioned him prominently in the memoir he wrote about the 1964 stage production of "Hamlet" (later transferred to film as Hamlet (1964)) directed by John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton. In "Letters from an Actor" (1967, Viking Press), Redfield--who played Guildenstern--said that Brando had been considered the Great White Hope by his generation of American actors. That is, they believed that Brando's more naturalistic style, combined with his greatness as an actor, would prove a challenge to the more stylized and technical English acting paradigm epitomized by Laurence Olivier, and that Brando would supplant Olivier as the world's greatest actor. Redfield would tell Burton stories of Brando, whom the Welsh actor had not yet met. Redfield sadly confessed that Brando, by not taking on roles such as Hamlet (and furthermore, by betraying his craft by abandoning the stage, thus allowing his instrument to be dulled by film work), had failed not only as an actor, but had failed to help American actors create an acting tradition that would rival the English in terms of expertise.
82Was unable to raise the $10-million bail initially required of his son Christian Brando (Christian Brando) in the May 16, 1990, slaying of his sister Cheyenne's boyfriend Dag Drollet. After a two-day preliminary hearing in early August 1990, the presiding judge ruled that enough evidence had been presented to try Christian on first-degree murder charges. At that time, the judge refused to lower the $10-million bail due to what he termed evidence of the Brando family's failure to cooperate with he court, specifically citing Cheyenne's flight from the United States to avoid helping the police investigation. However, two weeks later the same judge reduced Christian's bail to $2 million, which Marlon was able to post by putting up his Mulholland Drive house as collateral. He soon accepted a cameo role in the film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) for $5 million, according to Variety magazine, the bible of the Hollywood trade papers.
83His monumental portrayal of Vito Corleone in the masterpiece The Godfather (1972) is the #1 Greatest Movie Character of All Time in Premiere magazine.
84His performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) is ranked #69 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
85His performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) is ranked #85 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
86Became quite friendly with Elizabeth Taylor while shooting Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). He agreed to pick up her Best Actress Award for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) from the New York Film Critics Circle. When Brando made his appearance at the NYFCC Award ceremony at Sardi's on January 29, 1967, he badgered the critics, querying them as to why they had not recognized Liz before. He then flew to Dahomey, Africa, where Taylor was shooting The Comedians (1967) with husband Richard Burton to personally deliver the award. Brando later socialized with the Burtons, visiting them on their famous yacht the Kalizma, while they plied the Mediterreanean. Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi, in her book "Brando for Breakfast" (1979), claimed that Brando and Burton got into a fistfight aboard the yacht, probably over Liz, but nothing of the incident appears in Burton's voluminous diaries, in which Burton says he found Brando to be quite intelligent but believed he suffered, like Liz did, from becoming too famous too early in his life. He recognized Brando as a great actor, but felt he would have been more suited to silent films due to the deficiency in his voice (the famous "mumble"). As a silent film star, Burton believed Brando would have been the greatest motion picture actor ever.
87The producers of the film adaptation of Sir Peter Shaffer's play Equus (1977) were interested in casting either Brando or Jack Nicholson in the lead role of Dr. Martin Dysart. The role went instead to Richard Burton, who had to "screen-test" for the role by agreeing to appear in the play on Broadway. Burton did, got rave reviews and a special Tony Award, and won his seventh and last Oscar nomination for the role. In his diary, Burton wrote that in the late 1950s, he was always one of the first actors producers turned to when Brando turned down a role.
88Brando had to sue Francis Ford Coppola to get all the money owed to him from his percentage of the profits of Apocalypse Now (1979). Brando characterized the people in the movie industry as "liars" to Lawrence Grobel (who conducted his 1979 Playboy interview): "Even Francis Coppola owed me one-and-a-half million and I have to sue him. They all do that, as they make interest on the money... so they delay paying... It's all so ugly, I hate the idea of having to act, but there's no other way to do it.".
89Was paid $3 million for 10 days work on The Formula (1980) (approximately $8.5 million in 2005 terms). Brando told Lawrence Grobel ("Conversations with Brando") that the movie, which he only made for the money as he was broke, was ruined in the editing room, with the humor of his scenes cut out. In his autobiography, Brando--in a caption for a picture from the film--recounts that George C. Scott asked him during the shooting of the film whether he, Brando, would ever give the same line - reading twice. Brando replied, "I know you know a cue when you hear one." The two both played chess together during waits during the shooting. Scott said that Brando was not that good a player.
90According to Lawrence Grobel's "Conversations with Brando" (NY: Hyperion, 1991), Brando ultimately made $14 million from Superman (1978). The Salkinds, producers of the movie, tried to buy out his share of the profits for $6 million, but Brando refused and had to file a lawsuit to recover what was owed him.
91The Chase (1966) producer Sam Spiegel was quite fond of Brando, who won his first Best Actor Oscar in the Spiegel-produced Best Picture winner On the Waterfront (1954). Spiegel was worried that motorcycle enthusiast Brando would kill himself like James Dean had, in an accident (Brando had had lacerated his knee while biking before filming began). Spiegel constantly queried "Chase" director Arthur Penn as to whether Brando had brought his motorcycle with him to the filming. When Brando got wind of this, he had the bike brought over to the set on a trailer and left on the lot to play a joke on Spiegel, who quickly arrived at the shooting to see that Brando did not drive it. When Spiegel found out it was all a joke, the normally taciturn producer laughed heartily. Spiegel originally had acquired the property that became "The Chase" in the 1950s and wanted Brando to play the role of Jason "Jake" Rogers and Marilyn Monroe to play his lover, Anna Reeves. By the time production began in 1965, Brando was too old to play the role of the son, and took the role of Sheriff Calder instead. Brando was paid $750,000 and his production company, Pennebaker, was paid a fee of $130,000 (Marlon's sister Jocelyn Brando was cast in the small role of Mrs. Briggs). Brando did not like the role, and complained that all he did in the picture was wander around. He began referring to himself as "The Old Lamplighter". However, many critics and cinephiles consider Sheriff Calder one of his best performances.
92Was the first male actor to break the $1-million threshold when MGM offered him that amount to star in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), its remake of its own 1935 classic. Brando had turned down the lead role in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which had been offered by producer Sam Spiegel, because he did not like the lengthy shooting schedule. Ironically, "Bounty" itself wound up with an extensive shooting schedule due to a snail-pace schedule caused by a plethora of problems due to location shooting. With overages due to the extended shoot, Brando pocketed $1.25 million for the picture (approximately $8 million in 2005 dollars). Elizabeth Taylor had previously broken the million-dollar mark for a single picture with her renegotiated contract for Cleopatra (1963). Both films went vastly over schedule and wildly over budget and wound up hemorrhaging rivers of red ink despite relatively large grosses, though Taylor's flick outshone Brando's in the area of fiscal irresponsibility and wound up bankrupting its studio, 20th Century-Fox. Seventeen years later, after almost a decade of failure that caused him to be considered "box office poison" in the late 1960s/early 1970s (a string of flops that began with the failure of the "Bounty" remake), Brando became the highest paid actor in history with a $3.7-million up-front payment against a percentage of the gross for Superman (1978), a role that required his presence on the set for 12 days, plus an additional day for looping. Steve McQueen earlier had priced his services at $3 million a picture but had gotten no takers (many in Hollywood at the time believed he had deliberately set his price that high so he could take some time off). It was the price he quoted Francis Ford Coppola for his services for Apocalypse Now (1979), but Coppola refused to meet his demands and McQueen stayed off the screen for four years. Brando later appeared in the Coppola film in what is a supporting performance for a leading man/superstar salary of at least $2 million plus 8% of the gross over the negative cost. Brando made more money from his share of "Apocalypse Now" than from any other picture he appeared in; it financed his own retirement from the screen during the 1980s. After a decade off screen, so potent was the Brando name that he reportedly was paid over $2 million (donated to charity) for a supporting role in the anti-apartheid drama A Dry White Season (1989). Even toward the end of his life, when most of his contemporaries other than Paul Newman were no longer stars (Tony Curtis's asking price reportedly had dropped to $50,000 in the early 1990s) and could no longer command big money (Newman was the exception in that the financially secure superstar did not ask for big money), Brando could still command a $3-million salary for a supporting role in The Score (2001).
93His performance as Paul in Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) is ranked #27 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
94His performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) is ranked #2 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
95Is mentioned in Robbie Williams' song "Advertising Space".
96It was his idea for Jor-El to wear the "S" insignia as the family crest in Superman (1978).
97In his 1976 biography "The Only Contender" by Gary Carey, Brando was quoted as saying, "Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed.".
98After clashing with French director Claude Autant-Lara, Brando walked off production of Rouge et noir (1954).
99He did not like to sign autographs for collectors. Because of this, his own autograph became so valuable that many checks he wrote went uncashed--his signature on them was worth more than the value of the check itself. Ironically, his secretary Alice Marchak remembered a time when a fan asked for his autograph. Brando promptly signed the fan's autograph book twice. Brando then told the fan that he had heard that one John Wayne autograph was equal to two Marlon Brando's on the collector's market.
100When cast as Colonel Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), Brando had promised to lose weight for the role, as well as read Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness", on which Coppola's script was based. Coppola had envisioned Kurtz as a lean and hungry warrior; the character of Kurtz in the Conrad novellas was a wraith and weighed barely more than a child despite his great stature, due to his suffering from malaria. When the 52-year-old Brando--who had already been paid part of his huge salary--appeared on the set in the Philippines, he had lost none of the weight, so Coppola and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro were forced to put Brando's character in the shadows in most shots. In the penultimate appearance of Kurtz in the film, when he appears in silhouette in the doorway of his temple compound as the sacrificial bull is lead out, a very tall double (about 6' 5") was used to try to give the character a greater physical stature, rather than just Buddha-like belly-fat that girded the 5' 10" Brando. He did not get around to reading the novella until many years later.
101Both of his Oscar-winning roles have been referenced in the Oscar-winning roles of Robert De Niro. DeNiro played the younger version of his character, Vito Corleone, in The Godfather: Part II (1974). Brando's first Oscar was for On the Waterfront (1954), where his famous lines were "I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could been somebody." DeNiro imitates this monologue in Raging Bull (1980), which won him his second Oscar.
102Apocalypse Now (1979) was based on the novel "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. Years after "Apocalypse Now" was released, a television film was made of Heart of Darkness (1993), which featured Ian McDiarmid in a small role. McDiarmid also appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), a remake of Bedtime Story (1964), a comedy film in which Brando appeared.
103Contrary to popular belief, Brando was not an atheist. At his son's trial, where he supposedly revealed his atheism and refused to swear upon a Bible, his actual words were, "While I do believe in God, I do not believe in the same way as others, so I would prefer not to swear on the Bible.".
104Rode his own Triumph 6T Thunderbird, registration #63632, in The Wild One (1953).
105In a 1966 review of Brando's film The Chase (1966), film critic Rex Reed commented that "most of the time, he sounds like he has a mouth full of wet toilet paper".
106At the time of his death at age 80, Brando had been suffering from congestive heart failure, advanced diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis (damage to the tissue inside the lungs resulting from a bout of pneumonia in 2001). Doctors had recently discovered a tumor inside his liver, but he died before they could operate to remove it.
107His decision to play the title role in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) turned out to be an offer that he definitely should have refused. He received the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Award, beating Burt Reynolds, who was nominated for Striptease (1996), by a single vote. The vote was cast by Razzie Award founder John Wilson, who always chooses to vote last.
108Was a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call signs KE6PZH (his American license) and FO5GJ (is license for his home in French Polynesia). For both licenses, he used the name "Martin Brandeaux".
109Shortly before his death, his doctors had told him that the only way to prolong his life would be to insert tubes carrying oxygen into his lungs. He refused permission, preferring to die naturally.
110A collection of personal effects from Brando's estate fetched $2,378,300 at a June 30, 2005 auction at Christie's New York. His annotated script from The Godfather (1972) was bought for a world record $312,800. "Godfather" memorabilia were the most sought-after items at the 6.5-hour auction, which attracted over 500 spectators and bidders and multiple telephone bids. Brando's annotated film script originally was figured to sell at between $10,000 and $15,000, but brought more than 20 times the high end of the pre-auction estimate. The previous record for a film script bought at auction was $244,500 for Clark Gable's Gone with the Wind (1939) script, which was auctioned at Christie's New York in 1996. A letter from "Godfather" writer Mario Puzo to Brando asking him to consider playing the role of Don Corleone in the movie version of his novel was bought for $132,000. A photograph of Brando and former lover Rita Moreno in The Night of the Following Day (1968), the only piece of film memorabilia he kept in his Mulholland Drive home, was bought for $48,000. A transcript of a telegram from Brando to Marilyn Monroe after her 1961 nervous breakdown was bought for $36,000. His extensive library of over 3,600 books was sold in lots, some of which fetched over $45,000; many of the books were annotated in Brando's own hand.
111His The Night of the Following Day (1968) co-star Richard Boone directed the final scenes of the film at the insistence of Brando, who could no longer tolerate what he considered the incompetence of director Hubert Cornfield. The film is generally considered the nadir of Brando's career.
112Elton John's song "Goodbye Marlon Brando" was inspired by the actor's retirement in 1980.
113Believed that he could control stress in his life and physical pain through meditation. So sure he was of this, that he wanted to prove it. When he decided in the early 1990s to be circumcised, he wanted the doctor to do the operation with no anesthesia so that he could show off this skill. The doctor refused because of medical ethics, but Brando underwent the operation anyway after receiving a painkilling shot in his back. However, he wanted to show the doctors what he could do, and he asked them to take his blood pressure. Through meditation, he brought his blood pressure down more than 20 points.
114He liked to box. While performing as Stanley Kowalski in the stage version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", he would often persuade a member of the stage crew to spar with him in a room underneath the stage between his acts. During one of these impromptu boxing matches, a crew member surprised him with a hard punch to the nose. Brando's nose was broken so badly that it literally was split across its bridge. He managed to go on stage and finish the play despite the fact that backstage efforts to stanch the bleeding had failed, but he was taken to the hospital immediately after. His famous broken-beak nose was the result of his having taken off his bandages in order to cover his nose with Mercurochrome to make it look particularly bad when he was visited by the play's producer, Irene Mayer Selznick. The subterfuge worked, as Selznick gave him two weeks off from the grind of the play (he was on stage with "Streetcar" for two years), but by taking the bandages off, his nose did not properly set.
115His mother gave him an odd pet: a raccoon he named Russell.
116He constantly referred to his good friend Johnny Depp as "the most talented actor of his generation".
117Mentioned in the song "Risen Within" by MC Homicide featuring Paz.
118Was named #4 Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
119He was voted the 15th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere magazine.
120The news agency Reuters, in an article about about Vanity Fair magazine's upcoming Hollywood issue, reported after his death that Brando repeatedly voiced objections to appearing in The Godfather (1972). According to Brando's friend Budd Schulberg, who won an Oscar writing the screenplay for On the Waterfront (1954), Brando repeatedly told his assistant Alice Marchak that he would not be in a film that glorified the Mafia. Schulberg said that Marchak pestered him to read the bestseller, and at one point he threw the book at her, saying, "For the last time, I won't glorify the Mafia!" However, Marchak noticed that Brando subsequently began toying with the idea of a mustache to play Don Corleone, at first drawing one on with an eyebrow pencil and asking her, "How do I look?" "Like George Raft," she replied. Marchak told Schulberg this went on for awhile, with Brando trying different mustaches, until he finally won the role after agreeing to a screen test. Among the actors he beat out for the role were Laurence Olivier, who was too sick to work on the film, and Burt Lancaster, who had offered to do a screen test for the role and was looked on favorably by Paramount brass.
121He and director Tony Kaye paid 350,000 pounds sterling for footage of what allegedly is the "Angel of Mons", according to The Sunday Times (March 11, 2001). The Angel of Mons was an apparition that legend holds appeared in the skies during the British Expeditionary Force's first encounter with the Imperial German army during World War I, which enabled a successful retreat by the BEF. The film allegedly was found in August 1999 in a junk-shop, which had a trunk belonging to a man called William Doidge, a World War I veteran. Doidge had been at Mons in August 1914 and knew about or possibly saw the apparition in the sky as the British army retreated before the overwhelming German advance. After the war he became obsessed by these apparitions. An American war veteran told him in 1952 that angels had appeared before some American troops were drowned during an exercise in 1944 at Woodchester Park in the Cotswolds. Doidge went there with a movie camera and supposedly captured images of them. Kaye planned to make a film of the incident, starring Brando as the American veteran, but the plans fell through when the two fell out over an acting video.
122Tithed a tenth of his income to various black civil-rights organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
123Attended the memorial service for slain Black Panthers member Bobby Hutton.
124When participating in the March on Washington, brandished a cattle prod to show the world the brutality blacks faced in the South.
125Bette Davis, who had presented Brando with his first Best Actor Oscar at the 27th Academy Awards in 1955, told the press that she was thrilled he had won. She elaborated, "He and I had much in common. He, too, had made many enemies. He, too, is a perfectionist.".
126At the 27th Academy Awards, held March 30, 1955, at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Brando chewed gum throughout the ceremony, according to columnist Sidney Skolsky. When Bette Davis came out to present the Best Actor Oscar, Brando stopped chewing. When she announced him as the winner, Brando took the gum out of his mouth and shook hands with fellow nominee Bing Crosby, who had been reckoned the favorite that night, before going on stage to accept the statuette.
127At the 77th Academy Awards ceremony, he was the last person featured in the film honoring film industry personalities who had passed away the previous year.
128In his September 1972 Playboy magazine interview, director Sam Peckinpah said that a problem with One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is that Brando would not play a villain. Peckinpah had worked on rewriting the script, which was based on the novel "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones", a retelling of the Billy the Kid legend. According to Peckinpah, Billy the Kid was a genuine villain, whereas Brando's character "Rio" was not, thus lessening the dramatic impact of the story. He praised Brando for his acting comeback as Don Corleone in The Godfather (1972), both as the return of a great actor and as an example of Brando's newfound willingness to shuck off his old predilection and actually play a villain.
129Won his seventh, and last, Best Actor Oscar nomination in 1974, for Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972), after he had generated much ill-will in Hollywood by refusing his Oscar for The Godfather (1972). Academy President Walter Mirisch said of the nomination, "I think it speaks well for the Academy. It proves that voting members are interested only in performances, not in sidelights." Interestingly, the only other actor to refuse an Academy Award, George C. Scott, also was nominated as Best Actor the year following his snubbing of the Academy. So far, Brando, Scott and screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who refused to accept his 1935 Oscar for the movie The Informer (1935) due to a Writers Guild strike, are the only people out of more than 2,000 winners to turn down the Award.
130Even before he let himself get obese and balloon up to over 350 lb., his eating habits were legendary. The Men (1950) co-star Richard Erdman claimed Brando's diet circa 1950 consisted "mainly of junk food, usually take-out Chinese or peanut butter, which he consumed by the jarful". By the mid-1950s, he was renowned for eating boxes of Mallomars and cinnamon buns, washing them down with a quart of milk. Close friend Carlo Fiore wrote that in the 1950s and early 1960s, Brando went on crash diets before his films commenced shooting, but when he lost his willpower he would eat huge breakfasts consisting of corn flakes, sausages, eggs, bananas and cream, and a huge stack of pancakes drenched in syrup. Fiore was detailed by producers to drag him out of coffee shops. Karl Malden claimed that, during the shooting of One-Eyed Jacks (1961), Brando would have "two steaks, potatoes, two apple pies a la mode and a quart of milk" for dinner, necessitating constant altering of his costumes. During a birthday party for Brando--the film's director as well as star--the crew gave him a belt with a card reading, "Hope it fits." A sign was placed below the birthday cake saying, "Don't feed the director." He reportedly ate at least four pieces of cake that day. His second wife Movita, who had a lock put on their refrigerator to stop pilfering by what she thought was the household staff, awoke one morning to find the lock broken and teeth marks on a round of cheese. The maid told her that Brando nightly raided the fridge. Movita also related how he often drove down to hot dog stands late at night (one of his favorite spots was the legendary Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood; it was open 24 hours a day, and Brando would go there at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and polish off a half-dozen hot dogs at a time). Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) costumer James Taylor claimed that Brando split the seat on 52 pairs of pants during the shooting of the film, necessitating that stretch fabric be sewn into his replacement duds. He split those, too. Ice cream was the culprit: Brando would purloin a five-gallon tub of the fattening dessert, row himself out into the lagoon and indulge. On the set of The Appaloosa (1966), Brando's double often had to be used for shooting after lunch, and filming could only proceed in long shots, as Brando could no longer fit into his costumes. Dick Loving, who was married to Brando's sister Frannie, said that Brando used to eat "two chickens at a sitting, and [go] through bags of Pepperidge Farm cookies." It was reported during the filming of The Missouri Breaks (1976) that the environmentally sensitive Brando fished a frog out of a pond, took a huge bite out of the hapless amphibian, and threw it back into the drink. Living on his island of Tetioroa, Brando created what he called "real-life Mounds Bars" by cracking open a coconut, melting some chocolate in the sun, then stirring it into the coconut for a tasty treat. By the 1980s, there were reports that one of his girlfriends had left him because he failed to keep his promise of losing weight. He seemed to be dieting, but to her astonishment, he never lost weight. She found out that his buddies had been throwing bags of Burger King Whoppers over the gates of his Mulholland Dr. estate late at night to relieve the hunger pangs of their famished friend. In the late 1980s, Brando was spotted regularly buying ice cream from a Beverly Hills ice cream shop--five gallons at a time. He supposedly confessed that he was eating it all himself. Finally, a reported Brando snack was a pound of cooked bacon shoved into an entire loaf of bread. When Brando became sick, he seriously cut back and lost 70 pounds on a bland diet, but never lost his love of food and especially ice cream.
131After a decade of being considered "box-office poison" after the large losses generated by the big-budget remake of Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), the twin successes of The Godfather (1972) and Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) made Brando a superstar again. He was named the #6 and #10 top money-making star in 1972 and 1973, respectively, by the Motion Picture Herald. The top 10 box-office list was based on an annual poll of movie exhibitors in the United States as to the drawing power of stars, conducted by Quigley Publications. Brando used his unique combination of box-office power and his reputation as the greatest actor in the world to command huge salaries throughout the decade, culminating in the record $3.7 million for 12 days work paid him for Superman (1978) by Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind. Factored for inflation, his adjusted salary of $11.25 million in 2002 terms equals almost $1 million a day, a record that stood until Harrison Ford breached it for K-19: The Widowmaker (2002).
132Shortly before his death in 2004, he gave EA Games permission to use his voice for its video game The Godfather (2006).
133Just after the end of World War II, he met then-unknown James Baldwin and Norman Mailer at a cafeteria in New York. He became friends with Baldwin, a friendship that lasted until Baldwin's death.
134Considered Montgomery Clift a friend and a "very good actor". They were not rivals, as the public perceived them to be during the 1950s. After Clift died of a heart attack in 1966, Brando took over his role in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967).
135Studied modern dance with Katherine Dunham in New York in the early 1940s and briefly considered becoming a dancer.
136His best friend was Wally Cox, whom he had known as a child and then met again when both were aspiring actors in New York during the 1940s. According to Brando's autobiography, there was not a day that went by when he did not think of Wally. So close did he feel to Cox, he even kept the pajamas he died in.
137The story about his mother his character Paul tells Jeanne in Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972), about how she taught him to appreciate nature, which he illustrates with his reminiscence of his dog Dutchy hunting rabbits in a mustard field, is real, based on his own recollections of his past.
138Brando tried to join the Army during World War II but was rejected due to a knee injury he had sustained while playing football at Shattuck Military Academy. After he made The Men (1950), the Korean War broke out, and he was ordered by the draft board to report for a physical prior to induction. As his knee was better due to an operation, he initially was reclassified from 4-F to 1-A, but the military again rejected him, this time for mental problems, as he was under psychoanalysis.
139Was scheduled to appear in the David Lean-directed "Nostromo" (1991), but when Lean died, the production came to a halt. Thus, the world missed the last of three chances to see one of the world's greatest actors work with one of the world's greatest directors. Producer Sam Spiegel, who had won an Oscar for On the Waterfront (1954), offered Brando the title role in Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which he turned down, saying he did not want to ride camels in the desert for two years. Brando was Lean's first choice for the male lead in Ryan's Daughter (1970), but Brando, who at that time was considered box office poison by movie studios, never was offered the role.
140Asked The Godfather (1972) co-star James Caan what he would want if his wishes came true. When Caan answered that he would like to be in love, Brando answered, "Me too. But don't tell my wife.".
141Took possession of friend Wally Cox's ashes from his widow in order to scatter them at sea but actually kept them hidden in a closet at his house. In his autobiography, Brando said he frequently talked to Cox. The Los Angeles Times on September 22, 2004 quoted Brando's son, Miko, to the effect that both his father's and Cox's ashes were scattered at the same time in Death Valley, California in a ceremony following Brando's death.
142Was a huge fan of Afro-Caribbean music, and changed from being a strict drummer to the congas after becoming enthralled by the music in New York City in the 1940s.
143According to co-producer Fred Roos, Brando was scheduled to make a cameo appearance in The Godfather: Part II (1974), specifically in the flashback at the film's ending in which Vito Corleone comes back to his home and is greeted with a surprise birthday party. In fact, he was expected the day of shooting but did not show up due to a salary dispute. According to Francis Ford Coppola, he had not been paid for The Godfather (1972) and thus would not appear in the sequel.
144Director Francis Ford Coppola wanted Brando to appear as Preston Tucker Jr. in his biopic of the maverick automotive executive he planned to make after he completed The Godfather: Part II (1974). Brando was not interested but did appear in Apocalypse Now (1979), the film Coppola actually did make after finishing The Godfather (1972) sequel. When Coppola finally got around to making the film Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), he cast Jeff Bridges in the role.
145Paramount studio brass wanted him to appear as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (1974), but he wanted $4 million, an unheard-of salary at the time.
146According to friend George Englund in his book "The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando", he testified at the manslaughter trial of his son Christian Brando that his mother and father and one of his two sisters had been alcoholics.
147In his autobiography, he said that he was physically attracted to Vivien Leigh during the making of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). However, he could not bring himself to seduce her, as he found her husband, Laurence Olivier, to be such a "nice guy".
148He was reportedly once interested in playing Pablo Picasso on film and was trying to reduce weight on a banana diet. The film was never made.
149He attended a staging of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical "Long Day's Journey Into Night" with an eye towards starring in a proposed film of the play. The play deals with the drug addiction of Mary Tyrone, modeled after O'Neil's own mother, which, along with her husband's miserliness and her oldest son's alcoholism, has blighted her youngest son's life. When asked his opinion of the play, Brando, whose mother was an alcoholic and had died relatively young in 1954, replied, "Lousy". Jason Robards, who originated the role of older son James Tyrone, Jr. in the original Broadway production in 1956, subsequently appeared in Sidney Lumet's 1962 movie.
150He was reportedly interested in making a film of Rolf Hochhuth's controversial play "The Deputy", an indictment of the alleged silence of Pope Pius XII (God's "Deputy" on Earth) over the Nazi persecution of the Jews during World War II. The film was never made.
151In his book "The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando", George Englund relates how Brando told him a couple of years before his death that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offered him a Lifetime Achievement Oscar on the condition that he attend the ceremony to personally accept the award. Brando refused, believing that the offer should not be conditional, and that the condition that he appear on the televised ceremony showed that the Academy was not primarily focused on honoring artistic excellence.
152Was offered $2 million for four days work to appear as a priest in Scary Movie 2 (2001) but had to withdraw when he was hospitalized with pneumonia in April 2001. Consequently, the role was played by James Woods.
153Received top billing in nearly every film he appeared in, even if not cast in the lead role.
154During an acting class, when the students were told to act out "a chicken hearing an air-raid siren", most of the students clucked and flapped their arms in a panic, while Brando stood stock-still, staring up at the ceiling. When asked to explain himself, Brando replied, "I'm a chicken - I don't know what an air-raid siren is.".
155Mentioned in the song "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" by The Killers, the song "American Horse" by The Cult, and the song "Eyeless" by the heavy metal band Slipknot.
156Biographer Peter Manso said that at the time of production of flops such as The Appaloosa (1966), Brando had turned down the leading role of a Hamlet production in England, with Laurence Olivier.
157He was voted the 7th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
158Empire magazine profiled him as part of their "Greatest Living Actors" series. The issue containing this feature was published a week before his death.
159Film critic Roger Ebert praised Brando as "the Greatest Actor in the World".
160Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue".
161He was offered a chance to reprise his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Jor El in Superman II (1980), but he turned them both down due to his own credo that once he finished a role, he put it away and moved on. He turned down both films despite being offered three times more money than any of his co-stars.
162Russell Crowe wrote and sang a song about him called "I Wanna Be Marlon Brando".
163He reputedly suggested that his cameo role as Jor-El in Superman (1978) be done by him in voice-over only, with the character's image onscreen being a glowing, levitating green bagel. Unsure if Brando was joking or not, the film's producers formally rejected the suggestion.
164Helped out a great deal of minorities in America, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native American Indians.
165Had English, as well as smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Dutch, French, German, Irish, Scottish and Welsh, ancestry. He is descended from Johann Wilhelm Brandau (b. 1670), who was a German immigrant. The surname was eventually changed to "Brando". One of Marlon's maternal great-grandfathers, Myles Joseph Gahan, emigrated to the United States from Ireland.
166Brando's first wife was Anna Kashfi, who bore him a son whom they named Christian. His second wife was Movita Castenada, who played the Tahitian love interest of Lt. Byam in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). His third wife was Tarita Teriipia, who played the Tahitian love interest of Lt. Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
167Appeared on the front sleeve of The Beatles' classic album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as Johnny in The Wild One (1953).
168Mentioned in Neil Young's song "Pocahontas", David Bowie's song "China Girl", Bruce Springsteen's song "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City", and Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire".
169Studied at the Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
170His signature was considered so valuable to collectors, that many personal checks he wrote were never cashed because his signature was usually worth more than the amount on the check.
171Expelled from high school for riding a motorcycle through the halls.
172Said that the only reason he continued to make movies was in order to raise the money to produce what he said would be the "definitive" film about Native Americans. The film was never made.
173Adopted child: Petra Barrett Brando, whose biological father is author James Clavell and biological mother is Caroline Barrett.
174Was mentioned in La Dolce Vita (1960) in a discussion about salary paid to film stars.
175One of the innovators of the Method acting technique in American film.
176He used cue cards in many of his movies because he refused to memorize his lines. His lines were written on the diaper of the baby, "Kal-El", in Superman (1978).
177Received more money for his short appearance as Jor-El in Superman (1978) than Christopher Reeve did in the title role. Brando later sued for a percentage of the film's profits.
178Ranked #12 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 100 Entertainers" of all time (2000).
179In April 2002, a woman filed a $100-million palimony lawsuit in California against Brando, claiming he fathered her three children during a 14-year romantic relationship. Maria Cristina Ruiz, 43, filed the breach-of-contract suit, demanding damages and living expenses. The lawsuit was settled in April 2003.
180Daughter Cheyenne committed suicide in 1995, aged 25.
181Younger brother of actress Jocelyn Brando, who appeared with him in The Ugly American (1963) and The Chase (1966).
182While filming The Score (2001), he refused to be on the set at the same time as director Frank Oz, referring to the former "Muppets" director as "Miss Piggy".
183Born to alcoholic parents, Brando was left alone much of the time as a child.
184His son Miko C. Brando was once a bodyguard for Michael Jackson. Jackson and Brando remained good friends thereafter.
185Was the youngest of three children of Marlon Brando Sr. and Dorothy Pennebaker Brando.
186Lived on infamous "Bad Boy Drive" (Muholland Drive in Beverly Hills, California), which received its nickname because its residents were famous "bad boy" actors Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Brando.
187Native of Omaha, Nebraska. His mother once gave stage lessons to Henry Fonda, another Nebraska native.
188Owned a private island off the Pacific coast, the Polynesian atoll known as Tetiaroa, from 1966 until his death in 2004.
189Two years before Brando declined his Oscar for Best Actor in The Godfather (1972), he had applied to the Academy to replace the one he had won for On the Waterfront (1954), which had been stolen. Prior to its theft, Brando had been using the Oscar as a doorstop.
190Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#14) (1995).
191Was roommates with childhood friend Wally Cox during his theatrical training in New York City. The two remained lifelong friends, and Brando took Cox's sudden death from a heart attack at age 48 extremely hard.
192Worked as a department store elevator operator before he became famous. He quit after four days due to his embarrassment in having to call out the lingerie floor.
193Eldest son Christian Brando was arrested for murdering his half-sister's boyfriend Dag Drollet in 1990. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March 1991 and released in January 1996.
194He balked at the prospect of Burt Reynolds in the role of Santino Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
195Ranked #13 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]


The Godfather2006Video GameDon Vito Corleone (voice)
Michael Jackson: You Rock My World2001Video shortBoss
The Score2001Max
Free Money1998Warden Sven 'The Swede' Sorenson
The Brave1997McCarthy
The Island of Dr. Moreau1996Dr. Moreau
Don Juan DeMarco1994Dr. Jack Mickler
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery1992Tomas de Torquemada
The Freshman1990Carmine Sabatini
A Dry White Season1989Ian McKenzie
The Formula1980Adam Steiffel, Chairman Titan Oil
Apocalypse Now1979Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Roots: The Next Generations1979TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Lincoln Rockwell
The Godfather: A Novel for Television1977TV Mini-SeriesDon Vito Corleone
The Missouri Breaks1976Lee Clayton
Ultimo tango a Parigi1972Paul
The Godfather1972Don Vito Corleone
The Nightcomers1971Peter Quint
Burn!1969Sir William Walker
The Night of the Following Day1969Chauffeur
Reflections in a Golden Eye1967Maj. Weldon Penderton
A Countess from Hong Kong1967Ogden
The Appaloosa1966Matt
The Chase1966Sheriff Calder
Morituri1965Robert Crain
Bedtime Story1964Freddy Benson
The Ugly American1963Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite
Mutiny on the Bounty19621st Lt. Fletcher Christian
One-Eyed Jacks1961Rio
The Fugitive Kind1960Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier
The Young Lions1958Lt. Christian Diestl
Sayonara1957Major Gruver
The Teahouse of the August Moon1956Sakini
Guys and Dolls1955Sky Masterson
Omnibus1955TV SeriesStanley Kowalski
Désirée1954Napoleon Bonaparte
On the Waterfront1954Terry Malloy
The Wild One1953Johnny Strabler
Julius Caesar1953Mark Antony
Viva Zapata!1952Zapata
A Streetcar Named Desire1951Stanley Kowalski
The Men1950Ken
Actor's Studio1949TV Series


Listen to Me Marlon2015Documentary performer: "A Woman in Love"
Barbra: The Concert1995TV Special documentary performer: "I'll Know" 1950 - uncredited
Ultimo tango a Parigi1972performer: "Shenandoah" - uncredited
The Ugly American1963performer: "Annie Laurie" - uncredited
Guys and Dolls1955performer: "A Woman in Love" 1950, "Follow the Fold" 1950, "I'll Know" 1950, "Luck Be a Lady" 1950 - uncredited


One-Eyed Jacks1961


Untitled Famine Relief Fund-Raising Documentary1967Documentary


Lying for a Living2002Video documentary producer


An Actor's Life (Less Ordinary)2017dedicated to the memory of
Hollow Men2012Video short very special thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentary dedicated to the memory of
The Libertine2004dedicated to the memory of
The Merchant of Venice2004special thanks
Echek2000Short thanks
In the Name of the Father1993special thanks


Lying for a Living2002Video documentaryHimself - Host
Marlon Brando: The Wild One1996TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Larry King Live1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón, corazón1994TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night with Connie Chung1989TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV SpecialHimself - Interview
Raoni1978DocumentaryNarrator (English version, voice)
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1974TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1972-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today1963-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Godfather: Behind the Scenes1971Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
This Week1968TV SeriesHimself
Gala de l'Unicef1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Pikkuisen hymyä1967TV MovieHimself
The 32th Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Best Actress
Meet Marlon Brando1966Documentary shortHimself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The Theater of Tomorrow1963TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The David Susskind Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in Leading Role
Cinépanorama1957TV Series documentaryHimself
Operation Teahouse1956Documentary shortHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Director
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Imágenes prohibidas1994TV Series documentaryPaul
In the Name of the Father1993Don Vito Corleone
One on One: Classic Television Interviews1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Edward R. Murrow: The Best of 'Person to Person'1993VideoHimself
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-19801992VideoDon Vito Corleone
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1991DocumentaryHimself
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside1990TV Movie documentaryHimself / Don Vito Corleone
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialIan McKenzie
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryColonel Walter E. Kurtz
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special1989TV MovieHimself / Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
Great Performances1988TV SeriesMarc Antony
Apocalypse Pooh1987Video shortColonel Walter E. Kurtz (uncredited)
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
The Rebels: Marlon Brando1981Video documentary
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryTerry Malloy Stanley Kowalski
Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still1972DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesSky Masterson
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself
El último tango del DunixiDocumentary filmingHimself
I Am Not Your Negro2016DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryJohnny Strabler
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Listen to Me Marlon2015DocumentaryHimself
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution2015DocumentaryHimself
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 20142014TV MovieHimself
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Civil Rights Activist
Un jour, une histoire2014TV Series documentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Éternelle Jean Seberg2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesHimself (segment "Watters' World")
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks...2013TV Series documentaryDon Corleone
Hollywood Rebellen2013TV Movie documentary
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryDon Vito Corleone
Cinéphiles de notre temps2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Marlon Brando tuli Suomeen2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Invasion2011DocumentaryHimself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryTerry Malloy / Himself
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHimself
Reel Injun2009DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHimself
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesTerry Malloy
Glenn Beck2009TV SeriesDon Vito Corleone
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Tracks2008TV Series documentaryHimself
El espíritu de la democracia2008TV MoviePaul
Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies2008TV Movie documentaryJohnny Strabler (uncredited)
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesDon Vito Corleone
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
Blood, Sweat, & Brando2008VideoHimself
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Legenden2007TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino2007TV MovieHimself
On the Lot2007TV Series
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews2007VideoHimself
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition2007Video GameDon Vito Corleone
The Godfather: The Don's Edition2007Video GameDon Vito Corleone
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns'2006Video documentaryHimself
Resurrecting Jor-El2006Video documentary shortJor-El
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentaryHimself
The Rise of Two Legends2006Video shortHimself
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut2006VideoJor-El
20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Godfather: Mob Wars2006Video GameDon Vito Corleone
E! True Hollywood Story2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Curse of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself / Jor-El (uncredited)
Superman Returns2006Jor-El
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryDon Vito Corleone (uncredited)
Guys and Dolls: From Stage to Screen2006Video documentary shortHimself
Guys and Dolls: The Goldwyn Touch2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Godfather and the Mob2006TV Movie documentaryDon Vito Corleone
Hollywood Greats2006TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Roles
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2006TV Series
Voces2006TV Series documentaryEmilio Zapata
Lost in the Thinking2005Video shortJor-El
The Originals2005Documentary shortHimself
Bullets Over Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary
VM Show Vol. 22005TV SeriesDon Vito Corleone
Biography1995-2005TV Series documentaryHimself / Napoleon Bonaparte
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesPaul
Cineastas contra magnates2005Documentary uncredited
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialMemorial Tribute
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Dateline NBC2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Dies de transició2004TV Series documentaryPaul
Michael Jackson: The One2004TV Movie documentaryBoss (segment "You Rock My World")
James Dean and Marlon Brando2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Michael Jackson: Number Ones2003Video documentaryBoss (segment "You Rock My World")
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself
American Masters1989-2003TV Series documentaryHimself Stanley Kowalski Emiliano Zapata ...
Celebrities Uncensored2003TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro2003TV MovieHimself
Charlie Chaplin - Les années suisses2003TV Movie documentaryOgden Mears (uncredited)
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio1994-2003TV SeriesHimself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend2001Video documentary shortHimself / Jor-El
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Francis Coppola's Notebook2001Video documentary short
Gordon Willis on Cinematography2001Video documentary shortDon Vito Corleone (uncredited)
Private Screenings2001TV SeriesMajor Gruver
A Huey P. Newton Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman'2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Magic Behind the Cape2001Video documentary shortHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Special documentary
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity1999Video documentaryHimself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary uncredited
Århundredets vidner1998TV Series documentaryJohnny Strabler
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton1997TV Short documentaryHimself
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender1997DocumentaryHimself
Showbiz Today1997TV Series
All Power to the People! (The Black Panther Party and Beyond)1996DocumentaryHimself
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryTerry Malloy, 'On the Waterfront' (uncredited)

Won Awards

2004Lifetime Achievement Award (Premio alla carriera)Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)
2000OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
1997Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
1996Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
1989Best Actor AwardTokyo International Film FestivalA Dry White Season (1989)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialRoots: The Next Generations (1979)
1974Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1974NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorUltimo tango a Parigi (1972)
1974NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorUltimo tango a Parigi (1972)
1973OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Godfather (1972)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Godfather (1972)
1973Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1973JussiJussi AwardsActor of the Year (Vuoden näyttelijä)
1972Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Movie Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)Queimada (1969)
1972KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Godfather (1972)
1967Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureThe Appaloosa (1966)
1961Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actor
1961Golden SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalOne-Eyed Jacks (1961)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1765 Vine Street.
1958DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Sayonara (1957)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceThe Young Lions (1958)
1956Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleOn the Waterfront (1954)
1955Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaOn the Waterfront (1954)
1955BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorOn the Waterfront (1954)
1954BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorJulius Caesar (1953)
1954NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorOn the Waterfront (1954)
1953BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorViva Zapata! (1952)
1952Best ActorCannes Film FestivalViva Zapata! (1952)
1952Diploma of MeritJussi AwardsForeign ActorA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Nominated Awards

1997Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
1993Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorChristopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
1990OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Dry White Season (1989)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureA Dry White Season (1989)
1990BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Dry White Season (1989)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Dry White Season (1989)
1981Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Formula (1980)
1980Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Formula (1980)
1980Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsMost Annoying Fake Accent: MaleThe Formula (1980)
1975People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1974OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleUltimo tango a Parigi (1972)
1974BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorUltimo tango a Parigi (1972)
1973BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe Godfather (1972)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Ugly American (1963)
1962DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesOne-Eyed Jacks (1961)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star12th place.
1959BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorThe Young Lions (1958)
1958OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleSayonara (1957)
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaSayonara (1957)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
1955Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleJulius Caesar (1953)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleViva Zapata! (1952)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

2nd Place Awards

1973NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Godfather (1972)
1972NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe Godfather (1972)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1957NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorSayonara (1957)
1951NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

3rd Place Awards

1989NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Dry White Season (1989)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1955BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalOn the Waterfront (1954)

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