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Marlon Brando

As an actor, Brando was once considered a genius, but he died a creepy obese man who seemed more than a little crazy. Evidently one of his best friends was Michael Jackson. Need we say more? There's also his infamous April 1996 appearance on Larry King's cable interview show, when Brando went off on an insensitive (and many assumed antisemitic) tangent about the people who control Tinseltown:

BRANDO: "Hollywood is run by Jews; it is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of -- of people who are suffering. Because they've exploited -- we have seen the -- we have seen the Nigger and Greaseball, we've seen the Chink, we've seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap, we have seen the wily Filipino, we've seen everything but we never saw the Kike. Because they knew perfectly well, that that is where you draw the wagons around."

KING: When you say -- when you say something like that you are playing right in, though, to anti-Semitic people who say the Jews are --

BRANDO: No, no, because I will be the first one who will appraise the Jews honestly and say "Thank God for the Jews."

Don't forget his eleven children. His son Christian shot and killed the lover of his sister Cheyenne. Christian went to jail, and Cheyenne committed suicide.

Things seem to have changed for Brando after he took the role of Jor-El in the 1978 blockbuster Superman: The Movie. For portraying a character having less than ten minutes of screen time, he received $3.7 million on top of 11.3% of the gross receipts. During his 13 days of filming, Brando read all his lines from cue cards.

Owns the entire atoll of Tetiaroa, in Polynesia. Part of it is now a resort operated by ex-wife Tarita. He doesn't actually own the island, but he does hold a 99 year lease.

Timeline

3 Apr 1924 Marlon Brando born, Omaha NE.
1940 Sent to Shattuck Military Academy in Fairbult, Minnesota. He is expelled.
1954 On the Waterfront.
1954 Mother, Dorothy Pennebaker, dies.
12 Jan 1955 Marlon Brando sends a telegram to Sammy Davis, Jr.: "'Never dug you before. Dug you last night. You the man. Marlon."
11 Oct 1957 Marries Anna Kashfi from Calcutta, at Brando's aunt's house in Eagle Rock during the filming of The Young Lions. Later, Marlon finds that exotic erotic Kashfi is actually ex-waitress Joanna O'Callaghan from Cardiff.
11 May 1958 Son, Christian Devi Brando, born.
22 Apr 1959 Divorces Kashfi.
5 Jun 1960 Marries Movita Castenada. (Until 1962.)
1962 Marries waitress Tarita Teriipia.
1966 Leases the Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa for 99 years.
1970 Daughter, Tarita Cheyenne Brando, born.
1972 Ex-wife Kashfi kidnaps Christian Brando and absconds with him to Mexico.
1972 The Godfather.
1978 Superman, for which he is paid $14M (3.7M plus 11% gross ticket sales.)
1979 Apocalypse Now as Col. Kurz, for which Brando is paid $1M.
16 May 1990 Son, Christian Brando, arrested for the murder of Cheyenne's boyfriend, at the family residence on Mulholland Drive. At the time of arrest his blood alcohol content is an impressive 0.19, and he says to officers: "I shot him, man, but not on purpose. We were both in a fit of rage. The gun went off. Please believe me, man. I wouldn't do it in my father's house... "I did it because he hurt my sister. He was laying on the couch. He was fighting with my sister. I said, 'You leave my sister alone.' We were both in a rage. The fucking gun went off... Man, death is too good for the guy." Christian pleads guilty to the murder, and receives a ten year sentence.
16 Apr 1995 Daughter, Tarita Cheyenne Brando, hangs herself in Tahiti. She is buried next to her slain boyfriend.
1995 Kisses Larry King on the mouth, on Larry King Live.
1996 Christian Brando released from prison. He now lives in Washington state.
2000 DNA tests are administered to Rose, the daughter of Bonnie Lee Bakely (who has since been murdered), to determine if she is Robert Blake's daughter or Christian Brando's. The baby is Blake's.
Sep 2001 In a bizarre performance, Marlon Brando appears in sunglasses in a leather recliner onstage at Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration in Madison Square Garden: "In any event while you're... wondering who that old fat fart is sitting there... I wanted you to realize that in that minute there were hundreds if not thousands of children hacked to death with a machete, beaten to death by their parents, got typhus and died of a disease." Brando examines his watch for a bit. "Hundreds of children have been hacked to death in the minute I've looked at my watch. Hundreds more were beaten. Don't chat! Think about what I'm saying. It could be you." Then the booing commences with great fervor.
Aug 2003 Courtney Love's mother Linda Carroll denies published reports that Courtney is the granddaughter of Marlon Brando.
1 Jul 2004 A local news broadcast on KPOH CBS 5 of Phoenix, AZ, reports that Marlon Brando has died at the age of 80.


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