Hollywood, the place filled with hopes and dreams where actors come and go. While many claim their place in the industry, others just fizzle out like a water bubble. Well, among a few, Marlon Brando is the one who has the right to claim just that. Rising to fame through his role as Stanley Kowalski in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando has brought many successful and everlasting films in the world of cinemas, the likes of which includes movies like On the "Waterfront", The Godfather, Last Tango In Paris, and Apocalypse Now to name a few.
The star is no more with us but the impact he has made in the world of Hollywood shall remain as his legacy forever. Well, his professional endeavors at one side, but the actor's love life, in contrast, had been a rough ride. Unusual it may sound, but the actor was married thrice before he died in 2004. But what was that compelled him to multiple marriages or was it just his personal choice? Well, let's peek into the life of the star.
Brando's Early Career And Professionalism
Prior to coming on big screen, Marlon Brando used to work on Broadway where he sharpened his acting skills. The year 1950 was the start of his career in big screen with the movie "The Men".
However, it was his role as Stanley Kowalski in the 1951 film adaptation of the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" that led him to earn fame and showcased his acting talent to the world finally earning him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor.
He went on to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in the year 1954 for his portrayal of Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront".
Brando's career has not always been as successful as some of his movies was not able to gain good reviews or box office success. The 1960s was considered as the declining year for Marlon's acting skill as most of the movies that he did during those times were bashed by critics and were not appreciated by the audience as well.
Movies like "One-Eyed Jacks", "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "A Countess From Hong Kong" are some of the movies in the 1960s that were not the best of his work.
A person can learn many things from his mistakes and it seems to have been the case for Brando; after 10 years from his less than successful movies, he did the role of Vito Corleone in the movie "The Godfather".
"The Godfather" remains as one of the most commercially successful films of all times and his portrayal of Don Vito Corleone is hailed as his greatest work by the critics. The role also won him the second Academy Award for Best Actor.
He has given performances in famous and box office successful movies like "Last Tango in Paris", "Apocalypse Now", and "A Dry White Season" after his role in "Godfather" which were all successful.
Brando's Impact on Holywood and His Death
Marlon Brando was the actor who had the strong screen presence whenever his character would come on screen. He was an actor who studied with Stella Adler and is credited for popularizing Stanislavski System, which is also known as method acting.
Brando was the first one to show the world the capability and his acting has inspired many actors to follow in his footsteps. Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino are the first actors to follow in his footsteps who were later followed on by Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
To me, Marlon Brando was the greatest ever. That's a truth I hold to be self-evident. - Jack Nicholson
The man, who brought entertainment to many and was an inspiration for many fans and celebrities alike, Marlon Brando died at the age of 80 on July 1, 2004. His passing was the loss of a great talent, but though he may have passed, his legacy still remains and Hollywood shall forever remember him.
Marlon Brando's Marriage and His Children
Brando may have been successful in movies and may have inspired many generations, but he was not able to achieve a successful relationship and marriage. Marlon was married three times, but he was unable to make any of those marriages a success.
His first marriage was to Anna Kashfi whom he married in the year 1957. They had one child together, Christian Devi Brando, who later on went to jail for murdering his half-sister's boyfriend. Even though he was married to Kashil, he could not remain monogamous to her and had numerous relationships. Brando and Kashil divorced in 1959.
Brando's second marriage was with Mexican actress Movita Castenada in 1960. She was seven years his senior, and he met her on the set of "Viva Zapata". They had two children together and divorced two years later after their marriage.
Brando got married for the third time and to a much younger actress this time. His third marriage was to the actress Tarita Teriipaia, whom he married in 1962. When they first met, she was only 19 years old while he was 37. He was married to her for the longest time, and they had three children together. They eventually divorced in 1972.
Aside from his marriages, he also had an affair with a maid named Maria Cristina Ruiz with whom his affair lasted for 14 long years. He had another three children with her and he also adopted a few children throughout these relationships. Marlon Brando has total or 11 children but some say that the number of children that he has is closer to 15.