Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando – The Life and Times Of A Renowned Actor

This post is about one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, who died nearly two decades ago, Marlon Brando.


  • Born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, NE, US, and died on July 1, 2004
  • Had more than 11 children, including Christian and Cheyenne Brando
  • Won close to 20 major and minor film awards

Read on as we reveal several things you may be unaware of about Marlon Brando before his death.

Who Is Marlon Brando?

Marlon Brando was a well-known Hollywood actor and activist who died at 80 years old in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was one of the greatest actors during his lifetime.

Marlon was also among the actors who pioneered method acting and Stanislavski’s acting technique.

Life and Times of Marlon Brando

Marlon’s early life involved several misbehaviors. He has two elder sisters (Jocelyn and Frances) and was the only son of his parents.

His mother, Dorothy Pennebaker, worked as a stage actress, whereas his father, Marlon Brando Sr., was a salesman. He experienced abandonment issues while growing up, as his parents had to travel frequently due to their jobs. They also had a housekeeper who resigned to get married.

His family relocated to Evanston, Illinois, US, in 1930, where he became famous for his mimicking skills. In this city, he also met Wally Cox (a renowned American actor – now late), and they became friends.

Marlon had to move to Santa Ana, California, with his mother in 1936, immediately after she ended her marriage. Barely two years after, his parents reconciled, and his father bought a farmhouse in Libertyville, Illinois.

He then enrolled at Libertyville High School, where he failed all subjects but was outstanding in drama and sports. The school’s management later had to expel him for misconduct in 1941.

Afterward, his father sent him to Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota, which is his own alma mater. Marlon excelled in drama until he was placed on probation for misbehavior. Due to his confinement on campus, he sneaked out but was caught. The school wanted to expel him, but his fellow students supported him, which helped him to retain his studentship. However, he decided to drop out of school the following year.

Marlon Brando took a ditch-digging job after he left school. He also tried to join the Army but didn’t qualify because of an injury he sustained during high school.

Subsequently, he attended the American Theatre Wing Professional School in New York.

Marlon Brando had numerous partners and children. Out of his 14 children, three of them were adopted. He was also into homosexuals, as he confessed his involvement in homosexual relationships with several men, including Sandy Campbell.

Marlon Brando with his wife

Moreover, he dated several of his co-stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Reiko Sato, Dorothy Kilgallen, Ariane Pat Quinn, Katy Jurado, Rita Moreno, and Tarita Teriʻipaia.

Marlon Brando died from heart and respiratory issues on July 1, 2004. He was cremated, and his ashes were spread on Tahiti Island in French Polynesia and Death Valley in California.


Marlon Brando featured in many films before he died in 2004. Here’s a list of some of his featured movies:

  • The Men (1950) as Ken Wilcheck/Bud
  • Viva Zapata! (1952) as Emiliano Zapata
  • Julius Caesar (1953) as Mark Antony
  • The Godfather (1972) as Don Vito Corleone
  • Superman (1978) as Jor-El
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) Col. Walter E. Kurtz
  • The Formula (1980) as Adam Steiffel
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) as Dr. Moreau
  • The Score (2001) as Max

Awards Won by Marlon Brando Before His Death

During Marlon’s lifetime, he won about 20 film awards in different countries, including the USA, Finland, and Italy.

Marlon Brando holding an award

A few of his awards are as follows:

  • 1952 – Best Foreign Actor (Jussi Awards)
  • 1952 – Best Actor (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 1952, 1953, and 1954 – Best Film Foreign Actor (BAFTA Film Awards)
  • 1954 – Best Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 1954 and 1972 – Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1955 and 1973 – Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite – Male (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1958 – Best Foreign Actor (David di Donatello Awards)
  • 1973 – Actor of the Year (Jussi Awards)
  • 1996 – Worst Screen Couple (Golden Raspberry Awards)
  • 1996 – Worst Supporting Actor (Stinkers Bad Movie Awards)

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