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Dead at 80.

I *finally* just watched The Godfather for the first time a few weeks ago. Maybe I should check out some of his other movies too.

The media can really do a number on your image of someone. All I can think of is that National Enquirer photo of him standing at the window in his underwear.

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Get ye to yon Video Store and rent

On the Waterfront

A Streetcar Named Desire


Aloha, Marlon.

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Don't forget "The Island of Dr. Moreau".
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Donf Forget "Last Tango in Paris" [Smile]
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Apocalypse Now and Superman, the Movie


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He has been in such terrific movies, and also some comedies, ( The Freshman ).
What a fantastic actor. Plus, he meant what he said.
He turned down an Oscar to stay true to his beliefs.
Another giant has passed.
He will be missed.

" Every move a picture! "
Buddy Love

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Brando ROCKED.

He did things mostly on his own terms...whether that was good or bad for his career, I dunno. He had some stuff going on in his life, but it was definitely on HIS terms.


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How much was he paid in Superman, appearing in such a short footage?
well , here's a few more:

The Men, 1950

A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

Viva Zapata!, 1952

Julius Caesar, 1953

The Wild One, 1954

On the Waterfront, 1954

Desiree, 1954

Guys and Dolls, 1955

The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1956

Sayonara, 1957

The Young Lions, 1958

The Fugitive Kind, 1960

One-Eyed Jacks, 1961 (also director)

Mutiny on the Bounty, 1962

The Ugly American, 1963

Bedtime Story, 1964

Morituri, 1965

The Chase, 1966

The Appaloosa, 1966

The Countess From Hong Kong, 1967

Reflections in a Golden Eye, 1967

Candy, 1968

The Night of the Following Day, 1969

The Nightcomers, 1971

The Godfather, 1972

Last Tango in Paris, 1972

The Missouri Breaks, 1976

Superman, 1978

Apocalypse Now, 1979

The Formula, 1980

A Dry White Season, 1989

The Freshman, 1990

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, 1992

Don Juan DeMarco, 1995

The Island of Dr. Moreau, 1996

The Brave, 1997

Free Money, 1998

The Score, 2001

Apocalypse Now Redux, 2001

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There are more of his films on here.

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He lived a secluded life and seldom made public appearances... so he was easy fodder for the Hollywood press.

There's an animation connection to this sad event. Stephen Blackehart,one of his sons who's an actor,was also a Casting Assistant on several Disney animated feature films...

Mulan (1998)
Hercules (1997)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Pocahontas (1995)

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I loved Mr. Brando . He was terrific. I hope he gets to play with your daughter in his afterlife.

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Oops! I meant his daughter!

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Yeah. That is kinda creepy. My daughter is fine, thanks. He's welcome to play with my old pooch, Buddy. He likes his belly rubbed.

Buddy. I don't know about Brando.

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There have been a lot of strange headlines the past few months about him. He was sueing an old employee. he was beeing sued. supposedly he was finacially bankrupt and living in a tiny apartment off his social security. I wonder what was true and if the cause of his death was natural.
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NPR just said it was from a lung collapse.

What a fine actor. Did anybody happen to see Hearts of Darkness? It's a great documentary about the making of Apocolypse Now. Brando ad-libbed almost every line.

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CNN) -- Marlon Brando, the stage and screen actor whose performances in "A Streetcar Named Desire," "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather" earned him plaudits as one of the greatest actors of all time, has died, his attorney said. He was 80.

Brando's agent, Jay Cantor, said the actor was admitted to UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday evening and that the cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that involves scarring of the lungs.

Brando had suffered from congestive heart failure and was overweight.

The actor was perhaps the most influential of his generation, noted Bob Thomas of The Associated Press.

Brando shot to fame in 1947 with his groundbreaking performance in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire" as the brutal, animalistic Stanley Kowalski.

Brando, a devotee of the Method, gave a raw, vital performance under Elia Kazan's direction that had critics swooning. Using the technique, fostered by Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky and popularized at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio, actors such as Brando drew on their own psychology and experience in creating roles.

"There had never been such a display of dangerous, brutal male beauty on an American stage -- its influence can still be felt, in fashion photography and sport as well as acting," wrote David Thomson in his New Biographical Dictionary of Film.

The actor was as famous for his off-screen antics as his on-screen performances. He could be intensely private, and yet he earned reams of publicity for his eccentric behavior and sometimes outlandish salary demands.

On "The Score" (2001), he refused to be on the set at the same time as director Frank Oz; he received $4 million for 10 minutes of acting in "Superman" (1978); he sent a woman who called herself Sacheen Littlefeather to decline his Oscar for "The Godfather" (1972).

But Brando was always held in esteem, often sought after -- even for a small part for the opening of "Scary Movie 2," which he turned down for health reasons.

Widely imitated
Marlon Brando was born April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother was active in the local theater and encouraged two local actors, Henry Fonda and Dorothy McGuire, onto the stage.

The young Marlon, known as Bud to the family, moved a handful of times with his family -- first to Evanston, Illinois, later to Santa Ana, California, and finally back to Illinois. Known as a rambunctious child, he was sent to military school as a teenager to curb his behavior. He was expelled.

Prevented from enlisting in World War II due to his 4-F status, he moved to New York at 19 to live with his sister Frances. Another sister, Jocelyn, was studying acting with legendary coach Stella Adler; Brando soon joined her. Adler was quickly impressed.

"Within a year, Marlon Brando will be the best young actor in the American theater," she said, according to the AP.

After a handful of other roles, "Streetcar" -- which hit Broadway in 1947 -- made him a star. Brando, notes the AP, wasn't completely happy with the attention, which focused on his motorcycle riding, bongo playing and role as Stanley.

Marlon Brando's performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), with Vivien Leigh, made him a star.
"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," he told an interviewer.

Brando's first film, "The Men" (1950), earned raves, but it wasn't until the 1951 film version of "Streetcar" -- directed by Kazan -- that he became a major movie star. Three years later, Brando won his first Oscar for his performance as ex-boxer Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront," also directed by Kazan. One of his lines from the film, "I coulda been a contender," has been widely imitated.

His roles in "Streetcar," "Waterfront" and "The Wild One" (1953) established him as an icon of the 1950s. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for eight Oscars, winning two -- for "Waterfront" and "The Godfather" (1972).

He followed his early success with hits in "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956) and "Sayonara" (1957), but his career went into decline in the 1960s, particularly after his mannered performance as Fletcher Christian in 1962's big-budget flop "Mutiny on the Bounty."

Legendary status
His career revived, however, with perhaps his most famous role, that of Don Corleone in "The Godfather." Director Francis Ford Coppola had only Brando in mind for the role, a decision not favored by producers, who almost fired the filmmaker over the decision.

Coppola was rewarded when the film became a huge hit -- it was the highest-grossing movie of all time until "Jaws" (1975) came along -- and Brando's quietly regal, brooding performance as a Mafia kingpin was the film's centerpiece.

The actor followed up his success in "The Godfather" with a different kind of film, Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris," in which he played a depressed American expatriate who strikes up a charged affair with a young Paris woman (Maria Schneider). Brando and Schneider were nakedly fearless, both physically and emotionally; the film was rated X upon its release in the United States in 1973.

One of Marlon Brando's last great roles was as Colonel Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now."
He also played the mad Colonel Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), a Coppola film racked by dissent and difficulties but hailed by many as a classic about the Vietnam War.

His later films were a mixed bag. He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for "A Dry White Season" (1989), parodied his "Godfather" role in "The Freshman" (1990) and played a thoughtful therapist in "Don Juan DeMarco" (1995). But he also rented himself out for performances in "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery" (1992) and the widely panned "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996).

Brando was married three times, to Anna Kashfi in 1957, the Mexican actress Movita in 1960 and a Tahitian named Tahita. He had nine children.

In 1990, his son Christian shot and killed Dag Drollet, the lover of Brando's daughter Cheyenne, in Beverly Hills. Christian Brando was eventually found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years.

Cheyenne Brando committed suicide in 1995.

Brando reportedly wound up millions of dollars in debt defending Christian, and the star subsisted during his final years almost entirely on small residuals from his films, Social Security benefits and a pension from the Screen Actors Guild.

Details about funeral plans were not disclosed. David J. Seeley, Brando's attorney, told the AP that arrangements would be private.

I am not young enough to know everything- Oscar Wilde

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While I admit that he was a great actor, I have to throw this out there too, that he was reported to not want to deal with Frank Oz when he directed Brando in a somewhat recent film. Can't remember the film name.

Brando basically called Oz "Miss Piggy" or "the puppet guy" and refused to take any direction or criticism from him. Another go-between was needed to communicate between Brando and Oz.

I recall that as being true when I heard it, and I could never get over Brando's ego and pompousness after that. Both he and Oz are both artists, just of different natures. Brando just looked down his nose at Oz.

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Here's the story, from

Monday, July 9, 2001

'The Score' director Frank Oz is 'Miss Piggy,' says Marlon Brando

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marlon Brando's off-screen antics during filming of The Score were high drama.

Brando would refuse to come to the set if director Frank Oz was present, leaving co-star Robert DeNiro to direct one of Brando's scenes. Oz watched from an off-site monitor and sent instructions to DeNiro via an assistant director, Time magazine reported in its July 16 issue.

When they were in the same room, Brando called Oz Miss Piggy, and at one point said, "I bet you wish I was a puppet so you could ... make me do what you want," Time reported.

As a young puppeteer, Oz provided the voice for Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show.

The film stars Brando as an elderly gay crook orchestrating the biggest heist of his career; DeNiro as a thief ready for retirement and Edward Norton as an aspiring young thug.

The 77-year-old Brando earned about $3 million US for three weeks of work, Time reported. DeNiro, 57, signed on first for $15 million. And Norton, 31, joined the cast to act alongside two legends.

"I always imagined my first drama would be lower budget, maybe $15 million," said Oz, 57. "I could get really dark and dirty with actors who were unknown."

The film cost nearly $70 million.

As far as I'm concerned, this kind of behavior completely cancels out any contributions that he made to the acting world because I will never be able to see the man as anything more or less than a pompous ass in real life.

Frank Oz is multi-talented and vastly creative and has probably brought more joy to people and children all over the world than Brando could ever contemplate. Just because Oz took a different path than Brando, the fat man looks down his nose at him. I could only imagine what he must have thought about us, the Public.

I will weep when Frank Oz dies, and I still lament Jim Henson. Brando... meh.

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I remember seeing Streetcar for the first time and being completely blown away with his performance in juxtaposition with the other actors. They were so phenomenally distant. His rage as Stanley in that film seemed then, as it does now, to reflect the justifiable anger towards those who let life happen to them and never take control of their own out of fear. Doubts aside, he made it happen and it was always stray of bullsh*t. No
one remembers the rich and how much they have amassed (other than what artist's have made for them) But, People remember those with less, and how they best delt with it. That's the story, in fact, that's the story of most of us, and that's what I saw in his best work. As an artist, he made it in spades. He got it, IMHO.

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The best thing you can say about Brando is that he's one of the few actors who starred in un-remakeable movies. Perfect movies that no one else can remake.

Bogart is the master of this. You do NOT remake a Bogart movie. It just doesn't work.

Brando starred in 'Streetcar' and 'On The Waterfront' and you don't remake those.

That's when an actor and team know they've hit the stars. They're cemented in quality to such a degree that what follows pales in comparison.

A dear friend was best friends with Brando for decades. I remember calling him one day when Brando was at his house and they were chowing down. Them two men ate for over 12 hours straight and watched cartoons. I was so honored to have Brando tell me on the phone he liked my comics.

He said hi to my Mom way back in the 50's. She wouldn't shut up about it.

What else can you say about a guy who changes an industry for the better several times?


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Brando, for better I think, broke the established rules of what a movie actor was supposed to sound and look like. Before Brando, movie actors were exceptionally phony (think Joan Crawford). After, they may be more egotistical, and their self-exposure may be embarassing, but at least they're more real.

On the other hand, Brando as a performer could be temperamental, egotistical, contemptuous, and many people ducked when he walked their way. He ruined certain movies (like when he took over the directorial reins of "Mutiny on the Bounty").

All in all, he was an original. Which, in a community of clones, is notable in itself.

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