Marlon Brando

- His astrological star sign is Aries

- He was 5ft 9 in. tall.

- His childhood family nickname was Bud.

- Frank Sinatra nicknamed him “Mr Mumbles”

- He was expelled from high school for riding a motor cycle through the halls.

- His mother gave him a pet raccoon, which he named Russell.

- He studied modern dance in New York in the early 1940s and once thought of becoming a dancer.

- Was fond of boxing.

- He rode his own Triumph 6T Thunderbird motorcycle in the movie The Wild One (1953).

- His portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) is ranked the No. 1 Greatest Movie Character of All Time by Premiere Magazine.

- Was a great fan of Afro-Caribbean music, and loved to play the congas.

- It was his idea for Jor-El to wear the “S” insignia as the family crest in Superman.

- He did not like to sign autographs, so his cheques became valuable collectors items - so much so that, very often people did not cash his checks, because his signature was worth more than the check was made out for!

- In his autobiography, he said that he was physically attracted to Vivien Leigh during the filming of A Streetcar Named Desire, but couldn’t bring himself to seduce her, as he thought her husband, Laurence Olivier, was such a nice guy!

- Struggled with weight problems his entire life…On the set of Mutiny On The Bounty, he reportedly split the seat on 52 pairs of pants during shooting of the film!

- He was voted 15th greatest actor of all time by Premiere Magazine.

- Was named No 4 on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by The American Film Institute.

- He constantly referred to his friend Johnny Depp as “the most talented actor of his generation”.

- Gave one-tenth of his income to various Black organizations, such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

- He used the gold statuette Oscar for Best Actor he’d received in 1954 as a doorstop.

- When he died in 2004, Brando left an estate valued in excess of $20 million.

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