10 facts you didn’t know about fascinating Marlon Brando
The whole life of Marlon Brando was rather mind-blowing. He was a rebel since birth. Marlon Brando is a well-known American actor, film director, and political activist. He changed the art of filming itself. However, as a child, he grappled with a troubled upbringing and tumultuous relationship throughout his lifetime. Keep on reading to learn little-known facts from the iconic actor’s past.
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#1 He was a Real Nightmare at School
He was expelled from school once for riding a motorcycle through the hallway. Another time, he pranked everyone by climbing up a tower, carrying down an enormous, heavy church bell, and burying it on the campus grounds. Then he organized a committee to find out who was responsible. By the way, he was never caught.
#2 Acting was Brando’s Family Business
His mother’s name was Dodie. She worked as an actress and a theater administrator. Brando’s elder sister was an actress on Broadway. She also appeared in several successful films.
#3 Someone Stole Brando’s Academy Award
Brando won Best Actor for his role in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront”. However, it was stolen. Years later, it was found at the London auction house and returned to the actor.
#4 Brando Declined an Academy Award himself
He rejected an Academy Award for his performance in “The Godfather”. He did so in protest of Hollywood’s depiction of indigenous Americans. In his place, Brando sent activist Sacheen Littlefeather.
#5 He Bought an Island
While filming “Mutiny on the Bounty”, Brando became fond of Tahitian culture. Later he bought a 12-island atoll and built his home there without harming the natural environment.
#6 Brando was an Activist
The actor fight for Civil Rights. Later he advocated for the rights of indigenous Americans.
#7 Marlon Brando’s Inventions
The actor was also known as an amateur drummer. He was especially fond of conga drums. So, he had several patents for his new tuning system for these drums. Moreover, he invented his own underwater slippers.
#8 Brando was a Pioneer of Method Acting
Brando studied his craft under the legendary Stella Adler and Elia Kazan. He was really immersed in his roles. Brando is credited with being one of the first actors to bring the Stanislavski system of acting and method acting.
#9 He Turned Down Marilyn Monroe
During Brando’s younger days, the greatest sex symbol was Marilyn Monroe. Everyone expected his list of conquests to include her name. However, he had his own reasons not to sleep with her. They became the best buddies without benefits.
#10 Another “Rebel Without a Cause”
In fact, Marlon Brando was originally offered the main role in the film “Rebel Without a Cause”. However, he declined the offer. It took 8 years for the Warner Bros. Studios to find another Brando. It was said that James Dean’s performance in the film was a kind of Marlon Brando imitation.
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