Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
James D. Bissell to Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando Biography (1924-)
Born April 3, 1924, in Omaha, NE; son of Marlon (a chemical feed and pesticide manufacturer) and Dorothy Pennebaker (an actress; maiden name, Myers) Brando; married Anna Kashfi, October, 1957 (divorced, 1959); married Motiva Castenada, 1960 (divorced); married Tarita Teriipaia (an actress; divorced); children: (first marriage) Christian Devi (also known as Gary Brown); (second marriage) Miko, Rebecca; (third marriage) Simon (Teihotu), Cheyenne (deceased); (additional children) Ninna Priscilla, Stefano (also known as Stephen Blackehart); brother of Jocelyn Brando (an actress).
Career: Actor. Member: Screen Actors Guild. Awards, Honors:
Theatre WorldPromising Personalities Award, 1945; Academy Award nomination, best actor, 1951, for A Streetcar Named Desire; British Academy Award, best foreignactor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes International FilmFestival Award, best actor, and Academy Award nomination, best actor, all 1952, for Viva Zapata!; British Academy Award, best foreign actor, and Academy Award nomination, best actor, both 1953, for Julius Caesar; Academy Award, best actor, 1954, British Academy Award, best foreign actor, 1954, and Golden Globe Award, best actor, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 1955, all for On The Waterfront; Golden Globe Award, world film favorite, 1956, 1973, and 1974; Academy Award nomination, best actor, 1957, for Sayonara; Academy Award, best actor, 1972, and Golden Globe Award, best actor, 1973, both for The Godfather; Academy Award nomination, best actor, 1973, for Last Tango in Paris; Emmy Award, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries, 1979, for Roots: The Next Generations; Tokyo International Film Festival Award, best actor, and Academy Award nomination, bestsupporting actor, both 1989, for A Dry White Season.
Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
- Birth Details
- April 3, 1924
- Omaha, Nebraska, United States
- (Debut) Ken Wilozek, The Men(also known as Battle Stripe),United Artists, 1950
- Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Warner Bros./TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1951
- Emiliano Zapata, Viva Zapata!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952
- Marc Antony, Julius Caesar(also known as William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
- Johnny, The Wild One, Columbia, 1953
- Napoleon Bonaparte, Desiree, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
- Terry Malloy, On The Waterfront, Columbia, 1954
- Guy Masterson, Guys and Dolls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
- Sakini, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer, 1956
- Major Lloyd Gruver, Sayonara, Warner Bros., 1957
- Christian Diestl, The Young Lions, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
- Val "Snakeskin" Xavier, The Fugitive Kind, United Artists, 1960
- Rio, One-Eyed Jacks, Paramount, 1961
- Fletcher Christian, Mutiny on the Bounty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
- Harrison Carter MacWhite, The Ugly American, Universal, 1963
- Freddy Benson, Bedtime Story, Universal, 1964
- Robert Crain, Morituri(also known as Code Name Morituri andThe Saboteur), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
- Matt Fletcher, The Appaloosa(also known as Southwest to Sonora), Universal, 1966
- Sheriff Calder, The Chase, Columbia, 1966
Meet Marlon Brando(documentary), Maysles Films, 1966
- Ogden Mears, A Countess from Hong Kong, Universal, 1967
- Major Weldon Pendelton, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Warner Bros.,1967
- Grindl, Candy(also known as Candy e il Suo Pazzo Mondo), Cinerama, 1968
- Bud the chauffeur, The Night of the Following Day, United Artists,1969
- Sir William Walker, Burn!(also known as Queimada! and Quemada!), United Artists, 1970
- Peter Quint, The Nightcomers, Avco Embassy, 1971
- Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather(also known as Mario Puzo'sThe Godfather), Paramount, 1972
- Paul, Last Tango in Paris(also known as Le Dernier Tango a Paris and Ultimo Tango a Parigi), United Artists, 1973
- Robert E. Lee Clayton, The Missouri Breaks, United Artists, 1976
- Jor-El, Superman(also known as Superman: The Movie), WarnerBros., 1978
- Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now, United Artists, 1979
- Narrator, Raoni: The Fight for the Amazon, Interama, Inc., 1979
- Adam Steiffel, The Formula, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1980
- Ian McKenzie, A Dry White Season, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989
- Carmine Sabatini, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Paramount, 1991
- Tomas de Torquemada, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Warner Bros., 1992
- Dr. Jack Luchsinger, Don Juan DeMarco(also known as Don Juan and the Centerfold and Don Juan DeMarco and the Centerfold), New Line Cinema, 1995
- Title role, The Island of Dr. Moreau, New Line Cinema, 1996
- McCarthy, The Brave, Acappella Pictures/Brave Pictures/Majestic Films, 1997
One-Eyed Jacks, Paramount, 1961
- "I'm No Hero," Actor's Studio, CBS, 1949
Larry King Live, syndicated, 1994
Person to Person, CBS, 1955
- "Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio," American Masters, PBS, 1991
Other Television Appearances
- George Lincoln Rockwell, Roots: The Next Generations(miniseries),CBS, 1979
- Sven the Swede, Free Money(movie), Starz!, 1999
- (With others) Roots: The Next Generations, CBS, 1979
Bobino, Adelphi Theatre, New York City, 1944
- Nels, I Remember Mama, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1944
Truckline Cafe, New York City, 1946
Candida, New York City, 1946
A Flag Is Born, New York City, 1947
- Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1947
- (Author of introduction) Christopher Davis, North American Indian,Hamlyn Feltham, 1969
- (Author of foreword) Stella Adler, The Technique of Acting, Bantam(New York City), 1989
- (Author of epilogue) Tennessee Williams, Five O'Clock Angel: Letters of Tennessee Williams to Maria St. Just, 1948-1982 with commentary byMaria St. Just and preface by Elia Kazan, Penguin (New York City),1991
- (With Robert Lindsey) Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me(autobiography), Random House (New York City), 1994
- Bly, Nellie, Marlon Brando: Larger Than Life, November, 1989, Pinnacle Books (New York City), 1994.
- Brathwaite, Bruce, The Films of Marlon Brando, BCW Publishing (Bembridge), 1977.
- Carey, Gary, Marlon Brando: The Only Contender, St. Martin's (New York City), 1985.
- Downing, David, Marlon Brando, Stein & Day (New York City), 1984.
- Jordon, Rene, Marlon Brando, Pyramid, 1973.
- Manso, Peter, Brando: The Biography, Hyperion (New York City), 1994.
- McCann, Graham, Rebel Males: Clift, Brando, and Dean, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1993.
- Morella, Joe, and Edward Z. Epstein, Marlon Brando: The Unauthorized Biography, Crown (New York City), 1973.
- Offen, Ron, Brando, Regnery (Chicago, IL), 1973.
- Paige, David, Marlon Brando, Creative Education (Mankato, MN), 1977.
- Ryan, Paul, Marlon Brando: A Portrait, Carroll & Graf (New York City), 1994.
- Schirmer, Lothar, editor, Marlon Brando: Portraits and Film Stills, 1946-1995, with an essay by Truman Capote, Stewart, Tabori and Chang (New York City), 1996.
- Thomas, Bob, Marlon: Portrait of the Rebel as an Artist, Random House (New York City), 1974.
- Thomas, Tony, The Films of Marlon Brando, Citadel (Secaucus, NJ),1973.
Esquire, p. 156.
Film Comment, April, 1996,/August, 1991, p. 30.
GQ, p. 73.
Jet, October 31, 1994, p. 60.
Life, March 31, 1989, Autumn, 1990, p. 64.
Los Angeles Magazine, p. 208; September, 1990, p. 183.
Newsweek, May 28, 1990, p. 25.
New Yorker, October 24, 1994, pp. 78, 80-5.
Premiere, October 24, 1994, pp. 78-89.*