Marlon Brando and Chess

Marlon Brando and Chess

billwall
Sep 16, 2007, 12:00 AM |
21 | Fun & Trivia

 

Marlon Brando (1924-2004) was born on April 23, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska.  He grew up (1930-1938) in Libertyville and Evanston, Illinois, a town northwest of Chicago.  He learned chess as a teenager and tried to teach his friend, Wally Cox, how to play chess.  Brando later moved to New York City and continued to play chess.  He was not a strong player and  a poor loser. Whenever he lost, he would knock alll the pieces off the board and say, "I'm bored."  He did play a lot of chess anc would call his friends at all hours to invite them over to play some chess.  Sondra Lee, an actress and Brando's girlfriend during his theater days, played chess and was able to beat Marlon Brando in most of the games they played.  Marlon Brando almost always played chess between scenes and during breaks on the movie sets.  In 1953, Marlon Brando played chess between scenes while filming Julius Caeser.  A Hollywood reporter wanted to get an interview with Brando.  Brando agreed if the reporter would play a game of chess with him.  The reporter did play a game of chess against Brando and won.  Brando later said about the interview, "That was the worst interview I ever gave."  When Brando died, his chess sets were auctioned by Christie's in Los Angeles in 2005 (purchased by Neville Tuli, an art collector).

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