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Wilfrid Brambell (1912-1985) (born March 22, 1912 in Dublin, Ireland; died January 18, 1985 in London, England, UK) was an Irish film and television actor, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night.

His television career began during the 1950s, when he was cast in small roles in three Nigel Kneale / Rudolph Cartier productions for BBC Television: as a drunk in The Quatermass Experiment (1953), as both an old man in a pub and later a prisoner in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) and as a tramp in Quatermass II (1955). All of these roles earned him a reputation for playing old men, though he was only at the time in his forties.

It was this ability to play old men that led to his casting in his most famous role, as Albert Steptoe, the irascible father Steptoe and Son. Initially the role was merely a one-off for the BBC's Comedy Playhouse anthology strand: however, its success led to a full series being commissioned, which lasted throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. There were also two feature film spin-offs, a stage show and an American re-make entitled Sanford and Son, based on the original British scripts. In the latter, Brambell's part was taken by Red Foxx.

The success of Steptoe and Son made Brambell a high profile figure on British television, and earned him the major role of Paul McCartney's grandfather in The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night. A running joke is made throughout the film of his character being "a very clean old man." This is in reference to his on-screen son, Harold, in Steptoe and Son constantly referring to his father as "you dirty old man!"

Brambell had a difficult private life: he and Harry H. Corbett, who played Harold Steptoe in Steptoe and Son, detested each other, and were barely on speaking terms outside of takes by the end of the programme's run. In a series almost entirely based around the pair of them with no other regular characters, this made production of the series difficult and stressful.

Brambell was also a homosexual, at a time when it was very difficult, almost impossible, for public figures to be so. Indeed, when he first became famous for Steptoe and Son, it was still illegal in the UK. Earlier in his life he had been married, from 1948 to 1955, to Molly Josephine, but the marriage ended after she gave birth to the child of their lodger, Roderick Fisher, in 1953.

After the final series of Steptoe and Son was made in 1974, Brambell had some guest roles in films and on television, but both he and Corbett found themselves heavily type cast as their famous characters. In an attempt to take advantage of this situation, they undertook a tour of Australia in the late 1970s with a Steptoe and Son stage show: however, with the pair openly despising each other, the tour was a disaster and a working relationship proved impossible. On one occasion, Brambell used bad language and was openly derogatory about the Australian people in an interview. Brambell did, however appear on the BBC's television news to pay tribute to Corbett after the latter's death from a heart attack in 1982.

Brambell himself died less than three years later, of cancer. He was seventy-three. News of his death received far less attention than that of his co-star, and his funeral was sparsely attended.


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He was seventy-three. News of his death received far less attention than that of his co-star, and his funeral was sparsely attended. Academy Awards and nominations are noted:. Brambell himself died less than three years later, of cancer. It was later revealed that he died at UCLA Medical Center of lung failure. Brambell did, however appear on the BBC's television news to pay tribute to Corbett after the latter's death from a heart attack in 1982. The cause of Brando's death was intentionally withheld, with his lawyer citing privacy concerns. On one occasion, Brambell used bad language and was openly derogatory about the Australian people in an interview. On July 2, 2004, his lawyer confirmed that Marlon Brando had died the day before, July 1, at age 80.

In an attempt to take advantage of this situation, they undertook a tour of Australia in the late 1970s with a Steptoe and Son stage show: however, with the pair openly despising each other, the tour was a disaster and a working relationship proved impossible. On the other hand, most other actors found him generous, funny and supportive. After the final series of Steptoe and Son was made in 1974, Brambell had some guest roles in films and on television, but both he and Corbett found themselves heavily type cast as their famous characters. He also earned a reputation for being difficult on the set, often unwilling or unable to memorize his lines and less interested in taking direction than in confronting the film director with odd and childish demands. Earlier in his life he had been married, from 1948 to 1955, to Molly Josephine, but the marriage ended after she gave birth to the child of their lodger, Roderick Fisher, in 1953. Brando's notoriety, his family's troubled lives, his self-exile from Hollywood, and his obesity, unfortunately attracted more attention than his late acting career. Indeed, when he first became famous for Steptoe and Son, it was still illegal in the UK. She was only 25 years old.

Brambell was also a homosexual, at a time when it was very difficult, almost impossible, for public figures to be so. The tragedy was compounded in 1995, when Cheyenne, said to still be depressed over Drollet's death, committed suicide by hanging herself in Tahiti. In a series almost entirely based around the pair of them with no other regular characters, this made production of the series difficult and stressful. Afterward, Drollet's father said he thought Marlon Brando was acting and his son was "getting away with murder.". Corbett, who played Harold Steptoe in Steptoe and Son, detested each other, and were barely on speaking terms outside of takes by the end of the programme's run. I'm prepared for the consequences.". Brambell had a difficult private life: he and Harry H. If I could trade places with Dag, I would.

A running joke is made throughout the film of his character being "a very clean old man." This is in reference to his on-screen son, Harold, in Steptoe and Son constantly referring to his father as "you dirty old man!". .. The success of Steptoe and Son made Brambell a high profile figure on British television, and earned him the major role of Paul McCartney's grandfather in The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night. He commented softly to members of the Drollet family: "I'm sorry. In the latter, Brambell's part was taken by Red Foxx. Before the sentencing, Marlon Brando delivered an hour of rambling testimony in which he said he and his ex-wife had failed Christian. There were also two feature film spin-offs, a stage show and an American re-make entitled Sanford and Son, based on the original British scripts. He was sentenced to 10 years.

Initially the role was merely a one-off for the BBC's Comedy Playhouse anthology strand: however, its success led to a full series being commissioned, which lasted throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. After a heavily publicized trial, Christian was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and use of a gun. It was this ability to play old men that led to his casting in his most famous role, as Albert Steptoe, the irascible father Steptoe and Son. Christian, 31, claimed the shooting was accidental. All of these roles earned him a reputation for playing old men, though he was only at the time in his forties. In May 1990, Brando's first son, Christian, shot and killed Dag Drollet, 26, the Tahitian lover of Christian's half-sister Cheyenne, at the family's hilltop home above Beverly Hills. His television career began during the 1950s, when he was cast in small roles in three Nigel Kneale / Rudolph Cartier productions for BBC Television: as a drunk in The Quatermass Experiment (1953), as both an old man in a pub and later a prisoner in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) and as a tramp in Quatermass II (1955). The number of children he had is still in dispute, although he recognized 11 children in his will; they were:.

Wilfrid Brambell (1912-1985) (born March 22, 1912 in Dublin, Ireland; died January 18, 1985 in London, England, UK) was an Irish film and television actor, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night. All three wives were pregnant when he married them. The hotel on Tetiaroa was eventually built, although it went through many redesigns due to changes demanded by Brando over the years, and is still in operation. Teriipia became the mother of two of his children. Tahitian beauty Tarita Teriipia, who had appeared in the film as Fletcher Christian's love interest, became his third wife after he and Castaneda were divorced.

He took a 99-year lease on part of an atoll island, Tetiaroa, which he intended to make part-environmental laboratory and part-resort. The "Bounty" experience affected Brando's life in a profound way: he fell in love with Tahiti and its people. He was blamed for a change in directors and a runaway budget though he disclaimed responsibility for either. A remake of Mutiny on the Bounty in 1962, with Brando as Fletcher Christian, seemed to bolster his reputation as a difficult star.

In 1960 he married a Mexican actress, Maria "Movita" Castaneda, at least 16 years his senior, who had appeared in the first Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935, some 27 years before Brando's own version was released. She was revealed to be Welsh, and they separated a year later. He married actress Anna Kashfi in 1957, believing her to be East Indian. So did his romances and marriages.

Brando's crusades for civil rights, the American Indian and other causes kept him in the public eye throughout his career. Despite announcing plans to retire—which he made good on for most of the 1980s—he subsequently gave interesting supporting performances in movies such as A Dry White Season (for which he was again nominated for an Oscar in 1989), The Freshman in 1990 and Don Juan DeMarco in 1995. Moreau", earned him some of his most uncomplimentary reviews of his career. Other later performances, such as "The Island of Dr.

His career afterwards was uneven: in addition to his iconic performance as Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and his intensely personal performance in Last Tango in Paris, Brando has also played Jor-El, Superman's father, in the first Superman movie—a role he agreed to only on condition that he did not have to read the script beforehand and his lines would be displayed somewhere offscreen. Despite the controversy, Brando was again nominated for an award. The actor followed with one of his greatest performances in Last Tango in Paris, but it was overshadowed by an uproar over the erotic nature of the Bernardo Bertolucci film. She was booed as she denounced Hollywood's portrayal of her people.

Scott for Patton.) Brando boycotted the award ceremony, sending Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather (nee Maria Cruz) to state his objections. Brando turned down the Academy Award, the second actor to refuse an Oscar (the first being George C. Brando was voted the Academy Award for Best Actor for his intelligent performance; once again, he improvised important details that lent more humanity to what could otherwise have been a clichéd role. Francis Ford Coppola was electrified by Brando's characterization as the head of a crime family, but had to fight the studio in order to cast him.

Brando once again had to beg for a part, forcing a screen test in which he did his own makeup. His performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather in 1973 changed this. Nonetheless, his career had gone into almost complete eclipse by the end of the decade thanks to his reputation as a difficult star and his record in overbudget or marginal movies. Though even at this professional low point, Brando still managed to produce a few exceptional films; such as One-Eyed Jacks, a western that would be the only film Brando would ever direct.

Brando's star sank even further in the 1960s as he turned in increasingly uninspired performances in Mutiny on the Bounty and several other forgettable films. Army in postwar Japan in The Teahouse of the August Moon; as an Air Force officer in Sayonara, and a Nazi officer in The Young Lions. While he won an Oscar nomination for his acting in Sayonara, his acting had lost much of its energy and direction by the end of the 1950s. Brando followed that triumph by a variety of roles in the 1950s that defied expectations: as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, where he managed to carry off a singing role; as Sakini, a Japanese interpreter for the U.S. He improvised much of his dialogue with Rod Steiger in the famous, much-quoted scene with him in the back of a taxicab.

Under Kazan's direction, and with a talented ensemble around him, Brando used his method training and improvisational skills to produce a performance that continues to display new facets on each viewing. Brando finally won the Oscar for his role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for that role, and again in each of the next three years for his roles in Viva Zapata! in 1952, Julius Caesar in 1953 and On the Waterfront in 1954. He made a much larger impression the following year when he brought his performance as Stanley Kowalski to the screen in Kazan's adaptation of "Streetcar" in 1951.

True to his method, Brando spent a month in bed at a veterans' hospital to prepare for the role. Brando's first screen role was the bitter crippled veteran in The Men in 1950. Williams recalled that he opened the screen door and knew, instantly, that he had his Stanley Kowalski. Brando sought out that role, driving out to Provincetown, Massachusetts where Williams was spending the summer to audition for the part.

He achieved real stardom, however, as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947, directed by Elia Kazan. Critics voted him "Broadway's Most Promising Actor" for his role as an anguished, paraplegic veteran in Truckline Cafe, although the play was a commercial failure. He was expelled from his acting school in Sayville but was discovered in another play there and then made it to Broadway in the bittersweet drama, I Remember Mama, in 1944. Brando used his method acting skills in summer-stock roles in Sayville, New York.

Brando left Illinois for New York City, where he studied at the American Theatre Wing Professional School, New School, and the Actors' Studio. His father was largely critical of his son, but encouraged him to seek his own direction. Brando had a tumultuous childhood, in which he was expelled from several schools. Brando was a gifted mimic from early childhood and developed a rare ability to absorb the tics and mannerisms of people he played and to display those traits dramatically while staying in character.

His mother, a kind and talented woman with a drinking problem, was involved in local theater, and this first interested him in stage acting. He was of Dutch, French, English and Irish stock; the original family name was Brandeau. In 1937 his parents reconciled, and the family moved to Libertyville, Illinois, north of Chicago. In 1935 his parents separated, and his mother moved with her three children to Santa Ana, California.

Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His acting style, combined with his public persona as an outsider uninterested in the Hollywood of the early 1950s, had a profound effect on a generation of actors, including James Dean and Paul Newman, and later stars, including Robert De Niro. Marlon Brando (April 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004) was an American actor who brought the techniques of method acting to prominence in the films A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, both directed by Elia Kazan in the early 1950s. Big Bug Man (2006).

The Score (2001). Moreau (1996). The Island of Dr. Don Juan DeMarco (1995).

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992). The Freshman (1990). A Dry White Season (1989) - Nominated: Best Supporting Actor. The Formula (1980).

Apocalypse Now (1979). Roots: The Next Generations (1979) - TV mini-series; won Emmy Award. Superman (1978). The Missouri Breaks (1976).

Last Tango in Paris (1972) - Nominated: Best Actor. The Godfather (1972) - Winner: Best Actor (declined; accepted privately in later years). Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).

The Chase (1966). Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). One-Eyed Jacks (1961). The Young Lions (1958).

Sayonara (1957) - Nominated: Best Actor. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956). Guys and Dolls (1955). Desirée (1954).

On the Waterfront (1954) - Winner: Best Actor. Kurtz in Coppola's Apocalypse Now was arguably his last great role. . The Wild One (1954) Brando's role as Col. Julius Caesar (1953) - Nominated: Best Actor.

Viva Zapata! (1952) - Nominated: Best Actor. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) - Nominated: Best Actor. The Men (1950). Timothy (10).

Myles (12). Nina Priscilla (15). by his maid Christina Maria Ruiz:

    . Raiatua (23).

    Maimiti (28). mother not publicly known:

      . Petra Brando-Corval (32), daughter of Brando's assistant Caroline Barrett. by adoption:
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        Cheyenne (died 1995 at the age of 25). Rebecca Brando Kotlinzky (38). Simon Teihotu (41). by his marriage to Tarita Teriipia:

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          Miko (43). by his marriage to actress Movita Castaneda:

            . Christian (46). by his marriage to actress Anna Kashfi:
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