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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 January 1895Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Date of Death 17 July 1965Los Angeles, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

The movie industry executive and producer Marlon Brando, Sr. was the father of Marlon Brando Jr., whom many consider the greatest movie actor of all time, and of movie and TV actress Jocelyn Brando. Marlon, Jr. made his father, a former salesman and businessman, the head of his personal production company in Hollywood, Pennebaker Productions, which was named after Sr.'s wife and Jr.'s mother, the former Dorothy Pennebaker. The company produced many pictures, though most starred other superstars other than Brando, including James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier.

Marlon Sr. was a hard-drinking womanizer who was frequently on the road, which did little to prevent his wife's descent into the alcoholism which killed her at a relatively young age in 1954. The Brando family was often uprooted, moving from Nebraska to Illinois and eventually (without Marlon Sr.) to New York City (where the three Brando children attended acting and art schools). Brando Sr., a World War One veteran, was a hard, unaffectionate man, and his son harbored a great deal of resentment and anger towards him until the day he died on July 18, 1965 at the age of 70. By that time, he had managed to lose a great deal of his son's money in unwise investment schemes, and to marry a woman many years his junior after the death of his wife and Marlon's mother.

Brando Sr. sent his son to his alma mater, the military school Shattuck Academy, from which Marlon Jr. eventually was expelled. During their lives together, Sr. and Jr. often were in conflict. Father and son bore an uncanny physical resemblance to one another, and resembled each other in ways that Marlon, Jr. cared not to contemplate, such as a lack of constancy and faithfulness. According to more than one biography of Marlon Brando Jr., the son cuckolded the father by seducing his second wife, a clear case of the Oedipal complex if there ever was one.

Brando used his memories of both his parents in the improvised scene in Last Tango in Paris (1972) ("Last Tango in Paris") where he recalls his childhood. In the scene, he remembered his father as a "whore-f#@%er and bar-fighter" and confessed that he didn't have too many good memories of the past, except for his mother teaching him to love nature.

Brando, Jr.'s first wife Anna Kashfi, in her 1975 memoir "Brando for Breakfast", claims that Anthony Quinn once told her that while he envied her husband's talent, he did not envy the pain that caused it, pain in Quinn's estimation, being an irritant like the grain of sand that causes an oyster to create a pearl. In this sense, Marlon Brando Sr. could be considered one of the main factors that enabled his son to deliver the pearls of his talent, his brilliant performances of men who generally are fatherless.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Pennebaker (22 June 1918 - 31 March 1954) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (4)

Father of Marlon Brando and Jocelyn Brando.
Great grandfather of Prudence Brando and Shane Brando (children of Miko C. Brando), Tuki Brando child of Cheyenne Brando and [error], child of Christian Brando.
Grandfather of Rebecca Brando and Miko C. Brando (children of Movita); Teihotu Brando (child of Tarita); and Christian Brando, aka Christian Brando (son of Anna Kashfi).
Father-in-law of Movita, Tarita, and Anna Kashfi during their marriages to Marlon Brando.

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