View Full Version : Brando living in poverty

06-30-2004, 07:27 AM
This made me sad. I love Marlon Brando.

Marlon Brando is no longer a contender.
The screen legend, once among the most influential actors in the world, is living in poverty and getting by with the help of government aid, according to a forthcoming book.

The 80-year-old actor lives in a one-room bungalow, owes banks nearly $20 million, and is so fearful of bill collectors that he’s hidden the Oscars he won for “On the Waterfront” and “The Godfather,” reports the Sunday Times of London.


06-30-2004, 11:51 AM
I like Brando also....but come on...he owes 20 million to banks?...geeze ..sounds like he kinda did himself in doesnt it?

06-30-2004, 10:19 PM
People should manage their money better. I'm NOT sad about this at all. Marlon Brando might have been a great actor but he also should have been smart enough to manage his money. Too bad that he's in this position but stupidity leads people to this. I have no pity for him.


07-02-2004, 10:00 AM
Well we can all stop worrying and feeling sorry for him, he just died!

07-02-2004, 10:09 AM
I just heard on the radio! God rest his Soul. No more worries now.

07-02-2004, 10:14 AM
Obit (http://abcnews.go.com/sections/Entertainment/US/Marlon_Brando_Obit_040702-1.html)

Marlon Brando Dead at 80
Hollywood Icon Considered One of Greatest U.S. Actors of All Time

July 2, 2004 — Marlon Brando, considered one of the greatest American actors of all time and the winner of best actor Oscars for memorable performances in On the Waterfront and The Godfather, has died. He was 80.

The actor died in a Los Angeles hospital, his lawyer said.

Playing larger than life, emotionally raw characters, Brando was the sexy, angry everyman of his generation.

He was the drunken, rapacious hunk in A Streetcar Named Desire; the definitive motorcycle rebel in The Wild One; and the hardworking longshoreman in On the Waterfront. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Brando won two gold men.

Later in his career, Brando was best known for his reclusive, eccentric behavior, on-set tantrums and outsized indulgence in food and women. In the mid-1990s, Brando weighed more than 300 pounds and he had at least nine children with three ex-wives and various others.

A Bad Home Births a Brilliant Actor

Born in Nebraska and raised in Illinois with two older sisters, Brando's childhood was less than idyllic. His father was a farm-feed, limestone and insecticide salesman and his mother was a retired stage actress. Both were raging alcoholics.

In his autobiography, Brando describes his mother as someone who "preferred getting drunk to caring for us," and said of his father: "His blood consisted of compounds of alcohol, testosterone, adrenaline and anger."

Expelled from a military academy as a teen, Brando dug ditches until his father agreed to pay for school. He then moved to New York and studied acting with Stella Adler and at Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio, where he became a true "method" actor.

Brando debuted on Broadway in 1944, when he was just 20, in I Remember Mama. In 1947, he electrified Broadway — and became famous — as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Rebel, Rebel

Brando hit the big screen as a World War II veteran in The Men (1950). Then in quick succession he appeared in the defining roles of his career: the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Viva Zapata! (1952); Julius Caesar (1953), as a potent Marc Antony; The Wild One (1953), as an angry young motorcycle gang leader; On the Waterfront (1954); Guys and Dolls (1955), where he sang and danced; and The Young Lions (1958), as an emotionally complex young Nazi.

In his prime, Brando defined rebel chic; his role in The Wild One inspired the now-classic jeans and T-shirt look (with and without the leather jacket).

In the 1960s, though, Brando's career floundered. He established a reputation as difficult on the set of the expensive flop Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). Brando threw tantrums, tried to change the script, had affairs and got fat. A clause in his contract paid him $5,000 for each day they went over the allotted filming time; in the end, he made $1.25 million for the role. By 1972 Brando's former brilliance was so tarnished that when he was considered for the role of Don Corleone in The Godfather, he had to test for it.

To further enhance his eccentric mystique, when Brando won the Oscar for his role, he notoriously sent a proxy — a young woman who identified herself as Apache actress Sacheen Littlefeather — to protest Hollywood's treatment of American Indians. In her speech she declined the award on his behalf. It was later discovered that her real name was Maria Cruz, she wasn't an Apache, and in 1970 she had won the Miss American Vampire contest.

His next film, Last Tango in Paris (1972), was so rife with controversy it received an X rating. But it was hailed by critics and Brando picked up another Oscar nod.

Brando went on to roles in big films like Apocalypse Now and Superman — some said he ruined the former with his over-the-top, improvised performance.

"Last Tango in Paris required a lot of emotional arm wrestling with myself," the actor wrote in his autobiography, "and when it was finished, I decided that I wasn't ever again going to destroy myself emotionally to make a movie."

His final Academy Award nomination was for best supporting actor in A Dry, White Season (1989). Starring with Matthew Broderick in The Freshman (1990) with Johnny Depp in Don Juan DeMarco (1995) and Robert De Niro in The Score (2001) Brando was blustery and, critics said, bad.

Never one to memorize his lines very well — he was a known improviser — he stopped trying and read cue cards or had off-camera crew whisper lines he heard over headphones.

A Dramatic Life

Brando's personal life was equally troubled and soap-operatic. He had at least nine children with his three ex-wives and several other women. In 2002, his Guatemalan housekeeper filed suit against him for $100 million for damages resulting from their 14-year affair and support for their three children. The case was eventually settled, but she reportedly threatened to reopen the case after Brando fell behind in child support payments.

"With women," Brando once said, "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."

While chasing women, he neglected his children. "I have come to despise my father for the way he ignored me as a child," said his daughter Cheyenne, who was in and out of mental hospitals and drug rehabilitation programs most of her life.

Brando's son Christian killed his pregnant sister's abusive fiancι in 1990 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brando came out of seclusion in a rare court appearance to testify in support of his son.

Tragedy was soon compounded. Cheyenne came home for Easter Sunday in 1995 and, after many previous suicide attempts, finally succeeded in hanging herself.

Reclusive to the End

It's no wonder that with all this scandal and tragedy, Brando was hounded by and hid from the press. "I don't want to spread the peanut butter of my personality," he once said, "on the moldy bread of the commercial press." Brando rarely ever attended a film premiere. He often hid on Tetiaroa, the Polynesian island he bought in 1966.

He came out of seclusion — somewhat — on paper to write an 1994 autobiography, Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me. Mostly well received, some critics lamented that by delving into philosophy and politics, it did not reveal much of the real Brando.

One of Brando's many biographers, Patricia Bosworth, quoted a late-in-life ex-girlfriend of Brando's who, while watching TV with him, clicked on Streetcar. They watched a while, and then Brando said, "Oh God, I was beautiful then. But I'm much nicer now."

Brando's surviving children include sons Christian Devi Brando, Miko Brando and Simon Tehotu Brando and daughters Rebecca Brando, Petra Barrett Brando and Ninna Priscilla Brando. He is also survived by two sisters, Jocelyn Brando and Frances Brando.

Babe 8)

07-02-2004, 10:18 AM
Babe, your print is so large it is hard to read.

07-02-2004, 02:11 PM
You do know he passed away yester right , Marlon Broando ...

07-02-2004, 02:12 PM
Oh yea never mind ya'll already know , opps

07-02-2004, 06:52 PM
yes it is sad!

07-13-2004, 02:14 PM
Doesn't sound like he was in too much poverty....but...I suppose poverty is according what to one is accustomed too...or their definition of poverty

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Marlon Brando has 10 living children and his $21.6 million estate includes his Beverly Hills home, according to his will.

Brando's assets included $18.6 million in real estate and $3 million in personal property, according to the will, which does not specify how the estate will be split.

The iconic Oscar-winning actor died of lung failure at age 80 on July 1.

The will was filed Friday in Superior Court.

Brando said in the will that he was not married.

His living children are identified in the will as Christian, 46; Miko, 43; Teihotu, 41; Rebecca Brando Kotlinzky, 38; Petra Brando-Corval, 32; Maimiti, 28; Raiatua, 23; Nina Priscilla, 15; Myles Jonathan, 12; and Timothy Gahan, 10.

He identified his former maid, Maria Christina Ruiz, as the mother of his three youngest children.

She was appointed their guardian. Ruiz filed a $100 million breach-of-contract suit against Brando but settled out of court.

Petra Brando-Corval was adopted and is not a beneficiary of the will. She was the child of Brando's former personal assistant, Caroline Barrett, who sued the actor after a dispute over a $185,000 loan. Another daughter, Cheyenne, committed suicide in 1995.

Babe 8)

07-13-2004, 11:03 PM
Oh c'mon. He left 10 children by numerous wives and girlfriends and he left $21.6M. The man was never destitute but some of his kids might be because he chose not to provide for all of them. I'm supposed to look up to this man, why????? Sorry but he was an actor. That means nothing to me. The fact that he sired so many children with so many mothers makes me dislike him even more. Marlon Brando may have been a great actor but he was never a great person. Certainly not a person to look up to.


07-13-2004, 11:05 PM
I don't know anything about him * But wasn't he in the GOD Father Or something like that ???