For a while there (the 1950s, to be exact), method actor and civil rights activist extraordinaire Marlon Brando was the hottest thing to walk the Earth. Fast-forward 30-plus years and, well, it’s a whole different story. During his lifetime, the mumbling thesp lived hard and ate hard, ballooning up to 300 pounds at one point in the mid-1990s.
A diabetic and a long-time crash dieter/binge eater, Brando's relationship with food, particularly ice cream, is the stuff of legends. Seriously, the trivia section of Brando's IMDb page dedicated to his eating habits is not for the weak of heart: Homemade Mounds Bars, 3 a.m. hot-dog runs, contraband Whoopers, pint after pint of ice cream, mountains of pancakes and loaves of bread stuffed with bacon.
Wrote the actor in his 1994 memoir "Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me": "Food has always been my friend. When I wanted to feel better or had a crisis in my life, I opened the icebox. Most of my life, I weighed about 170 pounds, though when I had my nervous breakdown in New York, I dropped to 157. After forty, my metabolism shifted gears, but I kept on eating as much as ever while spending more and more time in a sedentary relationship with a good book."
Despite his love affair with high-calorie snacks, Brando, who died in 2004 at the age of 80 from pulmonary fibrosis, had time for a super-active romantic life with men, women and housekeepers alike, leaving behind 11 children and more than 30 grandchildren, Courtney Love being one of them apparently. Color us not entirely surprised.