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Friday, July 02, 2004

Movie legend dies

Marlon Brando died at age 80 in a Los Angeles hospital, the actor's lawyer said today. The lawyer, David J. Seeley, told the Associated Press that the cause of death was being withheld.

Brando was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of a salesman and an actress who coached a local drama group. He was sent to a Minnesota military academy but was soon expelled.

Brando won two Academy Awards - for "On the Waterfront" and another for playing a Mafia boss in "The Godfather" (1972). Having become active in the civil rights movement, especially for American Indians, he rejected his Oscar for "The Godfather" to protest the treatment of Native Americans.


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