Marlon Brando, famous for his roles in movies that rocked Hollywood, is also well-known for his tumultuous life. His children had many tragic moments, and his first son Christian Brando was a victim of kidnapping when he was 13.
Legendary Hollywood actor Marlon Brando had his fair share of remarkable roles in top movies, including "The Godfather," a movie that made history in the movie industry. He enjoyed a career that spanned more than 50 years and earned him accolades.
Although he made remarkable appearances in movies in the 1940s and '50s, Marlon's career faced many rough paths until he starred in "The Godfather." Things became better afterward, and he was well respected for his work.
A LOOK AT MARLON
Born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, Marlon grew up in Illinois. He got expelled from a military school and dug trenches until his father decided he needed to have a better life and financed his education.
The three times BAFTA Awards winner then relocated to New York, where he studied with acting coach Stella Adler. Adler had been praised several times for being the mentor for Marlon's early acting career.
He made his first Broadway appearance in "I Remember Mama" in 1944. He was voted as Broadway's "Most Promising Actor" for his role in "Truckline Caf." He starred as Stanley Kowalski in the 1951 version of "A Streetcar Named Desire."
He made appearances in "Viva Zapata," "Julius Caesar," and "The Wild One" in 1954. His role in "On the Waterfront" earned him an Academy Award. Amidst his successful career, which had some ups and downs, Marlon also led a dramatic life.
Cheyenne's son Tuki Brando, born amidst so many chaotic events, has become a fine young man.
Marlon was married three times to different co-stars and reportedly had 11 children. Five kids during his three marriages and the rest from other affairs. The Golden Globes winner married his first wife, actress Anna Kashfi, in 1957.
He and Kashfi welcomed son Christian Brando in 1958, a year before their divorce. He then married for the second time to actress Movita Castaneda, with whom he had two children before they split in 1968.
His third wife was his "Mutiny in the Bounty" co-star, Tarita Teri'ipaia, and they had two children together. The actor had other affairs with top celebrities and also adopted children after his marriages.
MARLON'S FIRST CHILD
Some of Marlon's kids had lives packed with so many ups and downs. His oldest child, Christian, always seemed to have tragedy hovering around him and had been top of the headlines multiple times for different unpleasant events.
Unlike his father, whose name rose to prominence for his hard work and respectable career in Hollywood, Christian is quite famous for his association with murder cases. When he was younger, his mother allegedly arranged his kidnapping.
Christian was introduced to the movie industry as a child, but he wasn't successful as an adult. A few years after his role in the Italian mafia film "La Posta in Gioco," Christian shot and killed Dag Drollet.
Drollet was Christian's half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend, and she was eight months pregnant at the time of the incident. Reports revealed that Marlon's oldest child pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1991 instead of being tried for first-degree murder.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but remained behind bars for only five years due to good behavior. Sadly that wasn't Christian's final encounter with the law. A few years after his release, he got implicated in another murder case.
Investigations revealed that Christian made a statement that got him involved in the death of his ex-girlfriend Bonnie Lee Bakley. However, a judge dismissed his involvement in the case.
Christian moved on with his life, and in 2004 he married Deborah Presley, but things also went wrong. His life continued to be riddled with troubles until 2008 when Christian died from pneumonia in a public hospital.
A LOOK AT CHEYENNE
Cheyenne was involved in an automobile accident that left her physically scarred. After her half-brother murder her boyfriend Drollet, the onetime model struggled with depression, mental illness, and attempted suicide.
Amidst Drollet's murder case, prosecutors' reports showed that Cheyenne wanted to avoid testifying in the case. She gave birth to Drollet's child a few days after this claim and began psychiatric treatment afterward.
In the month that followed her treatments, prosecutors tried to get the then-new mother to Los Angeles for her statement. However, amidst the chaos, Cheyenne overdosed on tranquilizers and depressant drugs, which landed her in a coma.
Although she recovered physically, Marlon's daughter tried to hang herself. Cheyenne didn't seem to have recovered from her depression after her tumultuous life and later committed suicide at her home on South Pacific island.
While Cheyenne was still pregnant, her puzzling behavior got even worse. She reportedly continued taking hallucinogenic drugs and attempting suicide twice but thankfully, her baby survived.
ABOUT CHEYENNE'S SON
Cheyenne's son, Tuki Brando, born amidst so many chaotic events, has become a fine young man with looks that have gotten him a remarkable career in the modeling world. Tuki has been on the cover of top magazines.
Tuki was not included in his grandfather's will, but this didn't stop his success. Two years after Marlon died in 2004, Bruce Weber met Tuki and used his photo with his grandmother for the sixth volume of his "All American" series.
Weber also used an image of Tuki for Italian L'Uomo Vogue. Marlon's grandson was on the February 2007 cover, which shot him to fame. He has also been the face of Versace and TechnoMarine watches.
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