These are not topics I would normally write about, but a lot readers have been asking me this question about these two men. I decided to do some research and find out what I could.
Photo of Marlon Brando Shirtless.
Here are some quotes from readers have read the book Brando Unzipped, written by Darwin Porter:
One section of the book, reads: From Rock Hudson to Vivien Leigh, from Bette Davis to Cary Grant, Brando slept around, even managing to seduce two of America’s First Ladies..
He was insatiable in the bedroom and slept his way through some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, both male and female.
Darwin Porter claims that the bisexual Godfather star had sexual liaisons with James Dean, Cary Grant, Montgomery Cliff and Sir John Gielgud.
James Dean was one of Brando’s most lasting yet troubled gay relationships. They had a relationship for a number of years but it was always turbulent. At one point they had a big stand-up fight at a party in Santa Monica, California, witnessed by dozens of people.
His affair with Montgomery Clift was a long and enduring relationship.
Marlon had a bit of a fling with Cary Grant, spending a weekend with him in San Francisco. Cary was also pursuing the actor Stewart Granger, who became another of Marlon’s conquests.
Marlon admired John Gielgud but they didn’t have a relationship, rather, Brando performed sexual favours for Gielgud and told friends, “I owed it to him because he really helped me with lines in Julius Cesar.”
Brando supposedly admitted that he had homosexual relationships in his 1976 biography The Only Contender.
He was quoted as saying, “Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed.”
I also found this quote on imdb.com:
“ Maybe it was because he was really bisexual, or maybe just because he was such a good actor, but somehow we fans had no idea that the love of his life was Wally Cox. ” – SweetHotAngel
He was married to women three times.
From what I have read, I would think Marlon Brando was Bisexual.
Photo of James Dean Shirtless.
According to wikipedia.org, There have been several claims and assertions that Dean had sexual relationships with both men and women.
William Bast, one of Dean’s closest friends, was Dean’s first biographer. He published a revealing update of his first book, in which, after years of successfully dodging the question as to whether he and Dean were sexually involved, he finally stated that they were. In this second book, Bast describes the difficult circumstances of their involvement and also deals frankly with some of Dean’s other reported gay relationships, notably the actor’s friendship with Rogers Brackett, the influential producer of radio dramas who encouraged Dean in his career and provided him with useful professional contacts.
Journalist Joe Hyams suggests that any gay activity Dean might have been involved in appears to have been strictly “for trade”, as a means of advancing his career.
Dean’s fellow biker and Night Watch member John Gilmore claims he and Dean “experimented” with gay acts on one occasion in New York.
Dean avoided the draft by registering as a homosexual, then classified by the US government as a mental disorder. When questioned about his orientation, he is reported to have said, “No, I am not a homosexual. But, I’m also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.”
The trailer of the film, The Joshua Tree, makes him look bisexual. Watch the video below.
James Dean also had relationships with women such as Pier Angeli and Ursula Andres.
Some people claim he was gay. Some claim he was bisexual. Some claim he slept with men only to advance in his career. I can’t find any conclusive information that proves he was gay.