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Marlon Brando Dies at 80

2 July 2004 | IMDb News

Marlon Brando, the legendary actor whose performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris made him one of the most important screen actors of all time and whose larger-than-life persona offscreen dominated his later years, died Thursday at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles; he was 80. According to Brando's attorney, David J. Seeley, the cause of the actor's death was being withheld because the actor was "a very private man." (A later report from Reuters stated that a UCLA Medical Center spokesperson said the actor died there at 6:30pm on Thursday of lung failure.) The most famous proponent of Method acting and considered by many to be America's finest actor, Brando paved the way for a new style of acting in the 40s and 50s, first working on Broadway, where he created his first signature role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his screen debut in 1950's The Men, which was followed by his Oscar-nominated re-creation of Kowalski in Elia Kazan's film of A Streetcar Named Desire. Riding his sudden superstardom, roles in Viva Zapata, Julius Caesar, The Wild One and On the Waterfront followed, the latter of which won him his first Oscar. Once he became a true icon in the late 50s and 60s, he branched into directing (1961's One Eyed Jacks) and a troubled, bloated adaptation of Mutiny on the Bounty, where his need for perfection (and infatuation with the south Pacific) put the movie over budget and over schedule.

That film marked the beginning of a string of failures in the 60s, and by the early 70s the actor's star seemed to have faded. However, it was a little gangster film in 1972 called The Godfather that catapulted Brando back into the spotlight, and his phenomenal turn as mob boss Vito Corleone earned him a second Oscar . which he notoriously refused, sending an actress dressed in Native American garb to the Academy Award ceremony to reject the award with a diatribe against the wrongs done to Native Americans by the U.S. He courted even more controversy with Bernardo Bertolucci's X-rated Last Tango in Paris (though he grabbed another Oscar nomination), and appeared in both Hollywood projects (Superman, for which he received a record salary at the time) and award-winning films (appearing as Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola's troubled masterpiece Apocalypse Now) through the 70s. Sporadic film appearances marked the end of his career, including The Freshman, A Dry White Season and Don Juan De Marco, and his later years were dominated by scandal when his son, Christian Brando, shot and killed the lover of his half sister, Cheyenne, at the family's home in 1990; Christian was jailed and Cheyenne committed suicide five years later. Legal fees reportedly drained the actor's fortune, and the scandal contributed to the stories of Brando's bizarre offscreen antics. He lived in seclusion for the past few years, and most recently was the target of yet more rumors to be published in an unauthorized biography (one of many). Details about funeral arrangements were not immediately forthcoming. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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Brando "$20 Million in Debt" According to Book

30 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Marlon Brando owes nearly $20 million and has hidden his two Academy Awards from debt-collectors - according to a new book about the actor. Brando In Twilight by Patricia Ruiz claims the Apocalpyse Now actor is living in a one-bedroom bungalow on government benefits and has stashed away the Best Actor Oscars he won for On The Waterfront and The Godfather. The book also claims Brando's former maid Christina Ruiz is threatening to reopen a $100 million lawsuit against the actor because he has broken agreements to pay $10,000 a month to support her three children, including Brando's ten-year-old autistic son Timothy. Author Ruiz claims Brando spent vast sums of money trying to defend his son Christian, who killed his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend Dag Drollet in 1990 - but Christian was jailed for manslaughter, leaving Brando $7 million in debt. But Brando, who reportedly told family and friends he was ready for death last year, is not giving up yet - he has agreed to lend his voice to upcoming animated movie Big Bug Man, according to American gossip site The Scoop. »

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Kanew set for Key Art lifetime nod

21 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Advertising veteran Gary Kanew will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to motion picture advertising at the 33rd annual Key Art Awards on April 30 at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland. Kanew began working in the trailer business during his college years at his brother's production company -- a leading producer of quality trailers for such films as The Graduate, Rocky and Annie Hall. He later founded his own trailer company, where he worked on campaigns for Apocalypse Now, Ordinary People, Reds and Raging Bull. He also worked on campaigns for Rain Man, Moonstruck, GoodFellas, the Die Hard series and the Lethal Weapon series. In recent years, he has produced a number of trailers, including for such films as The Matrix trilogy for Warner Bros. Pictures. »

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Harrison Single Again

9 January 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Latest: Harrison Ford is free to wed sweetheart Calista Flockhart at last - after officially becoming a bachelor. The actor has finalized his divorce from screenwriter Melissa Mathison Ford - a final decree in the uncontested divorce was entered on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A spokeswoman for the 61-year-old star confirmed that the divorce was final but had no further comment. The couple, who met on the set of the film Apocalypse Now in 1979 and wed in 1983, announced their separation in November 2000 and legally separated the following August. Mathison has custody of their two children Malcolm and Georgia. »

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