Sunday, July 8, 2012

Update: Hot Hollywood Photo: James Dean Kisses Marlon Brando Appears To Have Been Faked)

Update from Eddi:

This photo appears to have been faked.

Here is the original Brando photo (unless this one has been altered) of Brando kissing a cat:

I am leaving the original copy from the article I linked to when I published the original photo

I take this information on both Hollywood studs from

James Dean (1931-55) Kisses Marlon Brando (1924-2004)—Two Men (then young studs) with a Decidedly Gay Side*

Living, as they did, in very homophobic times, the two actors hid their relationships with men outside of the Hollywood community that knew about their private lives. As the discussion below indicates, Dean and Brando were not alone among prominent gay (or bi) actors then known outside of Hollywood as entirely straight male icons.

We report below what we have learned about these actors, proud, like they were, proud of who we are—gay, straight or bi!

Dean avoided military service on grounds of his sexuality (when asked, he told), but “when questioned” by others, he provided a more nuanced reply, suggesting he was bisexual: ”No, I am not a homosexual. But, I’m also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.” (Source:

Before Brando, one of Dean’s closest boy friends was his UCLA roommate and screenwriter, William Bast, who later admitted that “their friendship had included some sexual intimacy.” [Source: William Bast, Surviving James Dean (Barricade Books, 2006), pp. 133, 183-232 as cited by]

Dean was among a number of Brando’s boy friends. In his Brando Unzipped, biographer Darwin Porter tells us: “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 Caesar.’” [Source:]

Interviewed by Gary Carey for his The Only Contender (his 1976 biography), Brando stated: “Homosexuality is so much in fashion it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me.” [Source: Keith Stern, Queers in History, (Ben Bella Books, 2009), p. 70 as cited in]


  1. That's freaking cool. Thanks. Auditioning for Julius Caesar and I wanted some info on Marlon Brando (;

  2. That picture is fake!
    Here's the original
    Please do not post but authentic and genuine pictures!
    I do understand everything and thank your for such post.
    Furthermore,Marlon Brando and James Dean (As well as Paul Newman) were Bisexual,and not exclusively homosexual nor straight.
    So,it has to remain that way,as their interest is stressed on both sexes,not the one and only!
    I am,by far,a bisexual person,and understand how it differs completely from being gay or straight.
    I've read a lot about them (Including Greta Garbo,Marlene Dietrich and of course /the not so well know same sex relationships of/ Marilyn Monroe).
    Thus,do not classify them as homosexual,please.
    Thank you.

    1. Yup. Looks like its faked!
      I did not write the article, I merely reposted it.
      I will add something to this copy to point this out.

    2. Thank you for rectifying !
      Here's,also,from where James's face's been cut
      The picture shows him kissing Julie Harris !
      (circa East of Eden )
      Thank you.


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