Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004)


One of the true legends of cinema has sadly left us.

Marlon Brando, regarded as one of the 20th Century’s finest actors, died in a Los Angeles hospital from lung failure. He was 80.

"The actor Marlon Brando passed away yesterday, July 1, at 6.30pm (11.30am AEST Friday) at the UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Medical Centre of lung failure, according to his doctors," hospital spokeswoman Roxanne Moster said.

The reluctant star had lived for years as a recluse in his hilltop home in Los Angeles and, despite his huge professional success, was reportedly in serious debt when he died.

In recent times, he was apparently getting by on welfare, screen actors guild pension payments and small residuals.

Brando, who had been ill for nearly a decade and basically kept to himself, will be sadly missed by his peers. "Marlon would hate the idea of people chiming in to give their comments about his death. All I’ll say is that it makes me sad he’s gone," said Francis Ford Coppola, who directed him in 1979’s "Apocalypse Now".

James Caan, who starred alongside Brando in "The Godfather", said "He influenced more young actors of my generation than any other actor. Anyone who denies it never understood what he was about. I loved him."

Some of Brando’s most memorable films include "On the Waterfront" (1954), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "The Wild One" (1954), "The Godfather" (1972), and "Superman" (1978).

Marlon Brando was a giant of cinema that will be sadly, sadly, missed.