Marlon Brando

Name: Marlon Brando
Birth Name: Marlon Brando Jr
Height: 5' 10
Sex: M
Nationality: American
Date: April 3, 1924
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Occupation: actor, director, producer
Education: Shattuck Military School, Fairbault, Minnesota
Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York
Studied with Stella Adler
Actors Studio in New York
Death Date: July 1, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.
Place of Death: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Death Cause: lung failure

Husband/Wife: Tarita Teriipia (actress; born in 1941; married in 1962), Movita Castenada (actress; born on December 4, 1917; married in 1960; divorced in 1962), Anna Kashfi (actress; born on September 30, 1934; married in October 1957; divorced in 1959).

Relationship: Christina Ruiz (former maid), Rita Moreno (actress; born on December 11, 1931; 12-year on-and-off relationship), Josanne Marianna Berenger (model)

Father: Marlon Brando Sr. (salesman)
Mother: Dorothy Pennebaker (actress; died of effects of alcoholism in 1954)
Sister: Frances Brando (born in 1922; artist) and Jocelyn Brando (born in 1920; actress)

Son: Simon Tehotu (mother: Tarita Teriipia), Miko Brando (security guard; born in 1960; mother: Movita Castenada), Christian Devi (born on May 11, 1958; mother: Anna Kashfi)

Daughter: Ninna Priscilla Brando (born in 1989; mother: Christina Ruiz), Petra Barrett Brando (adopted; born in 1970), Tarita Cheyenne Brando (born in 1970; mother: Tarita Teriipia; commited suicide in April 1995), Rebecca Brando (mother: Tarita Teriipia)

The Brownsville Herald : Local residents recall filming of "Viva Zapata!" starring Marlon Brando

The Brownsville Herald

By Victoria Hirschberg
The Monitor

ROMA, July 3, 2004 — Antonia Saenz’s movie debut came when she carried a torch to light the dynamite in 1952’s Viva Zapata!

She was 17, a recent graduate of Rio Grande City High School and made $10 a day for her role as an extra in the film depicting rebel Indian leader Emiliano Zapata, played by Marlon Brando.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Saenz, who is now 71. “It makes me think I’m young again.”

Brando, known for his roles in films like On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire, died Friday of lung failure at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Regardless of his numerous roles, Brando always well be known in the small city of Roma for Viva Zapata!

In 1951, director Elia Kazan selected Roma as one of the filming locations for Viva Zapata! Saenz remembers being dressed in the sweltering Rio Grande Valley heat like an Indian peasant and watching Brando, Anthony Quinn and Jean Peters.

She said Quinn, who died in 2001, was very compassionate.

As for Brando, Saenz said he was stuck up but still has fond memories of making the movie. Of course she owns a copy of Viva Zapata!

“It’s good memories…of what I used to be able to do,” Saenz said of her only film.

R.C. Salinas was 11 when his mother would wake him for the trip to Roma from Rio Grande to watch the filming of Viva Zapata!

“I wasn’t the only young man taken out there by parents watching that movie,” Salinas, now 65, said.

He remembers the crowds of curious locals standing by and growing silent when the director yelled “Action!” Despite the heat, the female actresses wore traditional dresses as Quinn sat in front of the M. Guerra general store flirting with them during a scene, Salinas said.

The historic main plaza in Roma was a backdrop for many scenes in the movie. The Guerra store has closed but retains its historic look.

Salinas recalls Brando riding through the plaza on horseback.

Sometimes though, it wasn’t Brando.

Virgil Guerra of Roma used to step in for Brando on horseback, said Guerra’s sister-in-law, Ninfa Guerra. His parents were the owners of the M. Guerra store used in the film. Virgil has since died.

“I considered it an honor that Roma was chosen,” Salinas said. “I was very proud…it really put us on the map for a little while. (There was) The Korean War, the country was barely five years out of World War I1, Falcon Dam was under construction and then comes in Zapata.”

His favorite Brando movie is A Streetcar named Desire with The Godfather running a close second.

For then-9-year-old Noel Benavides, Brando looked huge as he rode into the plaza on his horse.

“It was exciting,” Benavides said. “Every morning…it was during the summer and it gets hot during the summer…the actors, they had fans all over the place to keep those actors cool. Summertime is a wonderful time for a 9-year-old, we didn’t have to get up for school (but) while the filming was going on, we woke up at the crack of dawn.”

He said unfortunately many locals who appeared in the film as extras have died because the movie was filmed more than 50 years ago. Several entities, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the city of Roma and the tourism department, coordinate an annual Viva Zapata! Festival to commemorate the film. The actors receive invitations, but none have attended, Benavides said.

Benavides said Brando was a great actor for many reasons besides filming a movie in Roma.

“He’s very dramatic,” he said. “He gets involved with his films. He was quite an individual.”

Posted by: Gilbert Zarate on Jul 03, 04

IOL: Nicholson expected to buy Brando's old home


23/07/2004 - 16:25:31

Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson is expected to buy the home of his late screen legend pal Marlon brando - to ensure his own privacy.

Brando, who died earlier this month, lived high above Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive for many years - in full view of Nicholson's sprawling abode which sits nearby.

To get to their homes, visitors are required to pass though a single electric gate.

But now that Brando is gone, pals say Nicholson is thinking of snapping up his home, which is worth a reported $10m (€8.2m).

A source says: "You drive to the right and it's Jack, to the left it was Marlon. Jack won't want anyone else up there.

"Marlon's property looked down onto Jack's houses - he'll want to keep his privacy."

Viva Zapata! True history

Viva Zapata!

Viva Zapata!

Emiliano Zapata was born in the village of San Miguel Anencuilco in the state of Morelos on the 8th of August 1879

The son of a 'strong farmer', Zapata grew up to become the most famous leader of the Mexican Revolution. Like Connolly or the Ladies' Land League in Ireland, Zapata is paid much lip service by the Mexican establishment, but his revolutionary ideas are ignored by those who inherited the power won in the Revolution. A gifted organiser, Zapata also spoke Náhuatl, his local indigenous language.

Elected leader of his village in 1909, Zapata began recruiting an insurgent army even before the Revolution beginning in 1910 which overthrew the dictator Porfirio Díaz. The links between the dictatorship and the U.S.A., combined with Mexico's colonial past, gave rise to much 'revolutionary nationalism' - revolution as defence of the nation - which is still a vibrant force today.

Zapata's Liberation Army of the South did not accept the new reformist government under Francisco Madera. The Zapatistas fought on against government troops lead by Victoriano Huerta, the general who overthrew Madera in February, 1913, and was then deposed in 1914. At the following Convention in Aguascalientes, called to decide the future of Mexico, the Zapatistas demanded 'tierra y libertad' - land and freedom - for their people.

This was the core of Zapata's 'Plan de Ayala', produced in November 1911. Clearly influenced by anarchist ideas spread in Mexico by people like Ricardo Flores Magón, Zapata demands the socialisation of land:

The lands, forests and water that have been usurped ... will be immediately restored to the villages or citizens who have title to them ... Because the great majority of Mexicans own nothing more than the land they walk on ... one third of these properties will be expropriated ... so that the villages and citizens of Mexico may obtain ejidos , sites for towns, and fields.

Zapata remained in opposition, fighting against terrible repression, until 1919. Lured to a meeting with government troops apparently mutinying against President Carranza, he was gunned down on April the 10th, 1919. Although the insurgents fought on, and Zapata's ghost was seen to ride the hills of his native state, Morelos, the conservatives won out, and Zapata's ideas of fair distribution of land remained ignored until the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas in the late 1930's.

Zapata's memory, like his ghost, rides on in Mexico. His name has been invoked by the indigenous rebel army in Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), in their struggle against exactly the same social ills that Zapata fought against: large landlords and (often foreign-owned) big business running a corrupt and repressive régime that leaves the peasants, particularly indigenous peoples, landless and exploited. Throughout this century, people all over the world have risen up against oppression, taking heart from Zapata's cry:

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!

Tribute to Marlon Brando

**This was taken from a great tribute site on Marlon, but it no longer exists. Sadly, so many internet sites come and go, taking their wealth of information and photographs with them.


"From a screenplay by John Steinbeck, the film traces the rise and fall of Emiliano Zapata, an outlaw hero who led a small band of men in as uprising against corrupt land barons in 1910 Mexico.
- To suggest Zapata's Indian ancestry, Brando had his nose thickened, eyelids slanted and hair and eyebrows darkened. He also donned a fake mustache.
- As usual, during the filming of Zapata, Brando coudn't help but get into mischief. On location in Texas, he shot off a string of firecrackers in a hotel lobby, serenaded Jean Peters (heroine) from a treetop at three in the morning, horrified cast and crew by playing dead for several minutes following the hail of gunfire that ends Zapata's life and gleefully told visiting reporters that he once ate grasshoppers and gazelle eyes.
- It was while on the Texas location that Brando first met his future wife Movita Castenada, who had a bit part in the picture. Movita had played Clark Gable's native-girl love interest in Mutiny on the Bounty (which was remade with Marlon Brando in the 60s).
- Zapata was a financial success and garnered excellent reviews.
- Brando won the following awards for his role as Zapata - "Best Foreign Actor" British Academy Award, "Best Actor" New-York Film Critics Circle Award and "Best Male Peformance" at the Cannes Film Festival for this movie.
- Brando again won an Academy award nomination, but lost to Gary Cooper for High Noon."