Marlon Brando, Jr. was born on April 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, the third child of a chemical manufacturer and an actress.
His childhood was a troubled one. Both parents were alcoholics. His mother frequently vanished only to be found drunk in a bar. His father beat and belittled him.
Trauma at home led to trouble at school. He defied teachers, set fires, defaced property and was eventually expelled from high school for riding his motorcycle through the halls.