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Marlon Brando was my friend. He was exceptionally kind, generous, a great friend, a lifelong eight-year-old, a huge prankster, and an inventor. He read everything, loved science and truth, singing, poetry, and beautiful music, was one of the funniest people I knew, and believed in me before I really believed in myself. He was a great actor because he was a great human being.

Posted by aalkon at July 3, 2004 9:44 AM


Couple of things i remember about him.
He was a self-described atheist. Also on that list were people like jack nicholson, katherine hepburn, jodie foster, chris reeve, etc
I wrote an article for free inquiry mag. urging
the celebrity athiest/agnostic community to come out and be more vocal and make more projects extolling the virtues of naturalistic worldviews as opposed to the supernatural. It was "A humanists open letter to Hollywood."
the other thing i recall is that a while back he got into a flap when he said something like hollywood was being run by jews. I seem to remember the JDL's Irv Rubin in front of his gate picketing him. I believe marlon ended up recanting.
we need more of his like in Hollywood. an actor that was seemingly aware that what he did wasn't that important, and one that shunned the whole hollywood celebrity nonsense. That's why I think he became a man that sought out so many other projects and areas. He was an emperor that was aware he had no clothes on.
Sometimes smart, sometimes dopey, but a seeker, a man looking. What else can you ask for?

Posted by: chris at July 3, 2004 8:01 AM

A big schlong.

Posted by: Lena at July 3, 2004 10:57 AM

Oh, so there are no Jews in Hollywood? At CAA, what are the names on the doors, O'Reilly and Jones? Please. FYI, he always said he respected Jews because of the value Jews placed in learning. What he said about the Jews running Hollywood, it's unfortunate that too many people take any sentence with the word "Jew" (or certain other denominations) as derogatory. It wasn't meant that way.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 3, 2004 2:24 PM