The eldest of Marlon Brando’s children, Christian Brando struggled with drug and alcohol abuse before he was sentenced to ten years in prison for the killing of his sister’s lover inside his father’s home in 1990.
Unfortunately, Marlon Brando’s life off-screen was about as dramatic as any film he could have starred in. He was married three times, had nine children of his own, and adopted another two. A fair number of them pursued careers in acting, while others chose different paths, though none quite reached their father’s heights in Hollywood.
In fact, the most famous — or infamous, rather — event in the Brando children’s lives came on May 16, 1990, when eldest son Christian Brando shot and killed his half-sister Cheyenne’s lover, Dag Drollet. Though Drollet had only met Christian a few times, Cheyenne and Christian were close. She disclosed to him that Drollet had been beating her, but when Christian confronted Drollet, a gun went off in the struggle, leaving Drollet dead.
Here’s everything you need to know about the eldest son of Marlon Brando.
Christian Brando’s Difficult Early Life
Christian Devi Brando was born on May 11, 1958, the only child Marlon Brando had with his first wife, former actress Anna Kashfi. Kashfi and Brando had met in 1955 and started an affair, leading to Kashfi’s pregnancy in 1957, Crime Library reports. The couple married a year later, around the time their son was born, and then tumultuously divorced a year after that.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, what followed was a heated, 16-year custody battle in which Kashfi was initially awarded custody of her son, only for that order to be removed five years later when a judge found that she had an uncontrollable temper due to a “reliance on drugs and alcohol.” When Christian eventually went on to live with his dad, he was primarily raised by nannies and sent to a boarding school in Ojai.