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Geburtstag: 3. April 1924
Todesdatum: 1. Juli 2004
Marlon Brando, Jr. war ein amerikanischer Schauspieler. Er gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Charakterdarsteller der Filmgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts.
Mit seinen Rollen in den Filmen Endstation Sehnsucht und Die Faust im Nacken verschaffte er der Schauspieltechnik des Method Acting weltweit Beachtung. Sowohl mit seiner Art der Darstellung als auch durch sein Auftreten in der Öffentlichkeit als gesellschaftlicher Außenseiter, den die Spielregeln Hollywoods nicht interessierten, beeinflusste er die jüngere Schauspielergeneration nachhaltig.
Zwischen 1952 und 1990 war er siebenmal in der Kategorie Bester Hauptdarsteller und einmal als Bester Nebendarsteller für den Oscar nominiert, zweimal gewann er ihn in der Kategorie Bester Hauptdarsteller. 1973 verweigerte er die Annahme seiner zweiten Auszeichnung für seine Titelrolle in Der Pate aus Protest gegen den bis zu dieser Zeit verbreiteten abwertenden Umgang der amerikanischen Filmindustrie mit den Indianern. Weitere Auszeichnungen erhielt Brando bei internationalen Filmfestivals, unter anderem 1952 in Cannes und 1989 in Tokio.In einer 1999 veröffentlichten Liste des American Film Institute, auf der die 25 größten männlichen Filmlegenden aller Zeiten aufgeführt werden, nahm er den vierten Rang ein.
Marlon Brando nutzte seine Prominenz für ein vielseitiges gesellschaftspolitisches Engagement, beispielsweise zur Unterstützung der US-Bürgerrechtsbewegung der Afroamerikaner und der indigenen Organisation des American Indian Movement. Wikipedia
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„I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture.“
Songs My Mother Taught Me (1994)
Kontext: I have always considered my life a private affair and the business of no one beyond my family and those I love. Except for moral and political issues that aroused in me a desire to speak out, I have done my utmost throughout my life, for the sake of my children and myself, to remain silent … But now, in my seventieth year, I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture.
„I don't think I was constructed to be monogamous. I don't think it's the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed.“
1994 statement, as quoted in Kosher Sex : A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy (2000) by Shmuley Boteach
„When I lie on the beach there naked, which I do sometimes, and I feel the wind coming over me and I see the stars up above and I am looking into this very deep, indescribable night, it is something that escapes my vocabulary to describe.“
New York Times (July 2, 2004)
Kontext: When I lie on the beach there naked, which I do sometimes, and I feel the wind coming over me and I see the stars up above and I am looking into this very deep, indescribable night, it is something that escapes my vocabulary to describe. Then I think: 'God, I have no importance. Whatever I do or don't do, or what anybody does, is not more important than the grains of sand that I am lying on, or the coconut that I am using for my pillow.' So I really don't think in the long sense.
Said in 1960, quoted in Marlon Brando, Ch. 11 (1974, rev. 1989), by David Shipman.
Marlon Brando: The Only Contender, Gary Carey (1985), Ch.13
„Bob Hope will go to the opening of a phone booth in a gas station in Anaheim, providing they have a camera there and three people. He'll go to the opening of a market to receive an award. He'd get an award from Thom McCan for wearing their shoes. It's pathetic. It's a bottomless pit. A barrel that has no floor. He must be a man who has an ever-crumbling estimation of himself. He's constantly filling himself up. He's like a junkie – an applause junkie. What happens to those people when they can't get up and do their shtick, God only knows. Bob Hope, Christ, instead of growing old gracefully or doing something with his money, be helpful, all he does is he has an anniversary with the President looking on. It's sad. He gets on an airplane every two minutes always going someplace. It didn't bother him at all to work the Vietnam War. Oh, he took that in his stride. He did his World War II and Korean War act. "Our boys" and all that. He’s a pathetic guy.“
Speaking of his performance in On the Waterfront (1954). Songs My Mother Taught Me (1994)
"If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don't know what it is."- Eli Kazan on Brando's performance in On the Waterfront, published in Marlon Brando, Portraits and Film Stills 1946-1995 (1996)
„This picture will try to show the Nazism is a matter of mind, not geography, and that there are Nazis — and people of good will — in every country. The world can't spend its life looking over its shoulder and nursing hatreds. There would be no progress that way.“
At a press conference for The Young Lions in Berlin; republished in Marlon Brando, Portraits and Film Stills 1946-1995 (1996)
„Kazan is a performer's director, the best director I ever worked with… Most actors don't get any help from directors. Emotional help, if you're playing an emotional part. Kazan is the only one I know who really gives you help.“
Rolling Stone Issue No. 213 (May 20, 1976) on Elia Kazan
Introduction to The Technique of Acting by Stella Adler (1988)