elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Wally Cox (December 6, 1924 – February 15, 1973)

Mousy TV actor Wally Cox and his longtime roommate, the brooding Marlon Brando, were definitely one of New York’s oddest couples. Brando and Cox met when they were 9 years old. As adults, they were weight-lifting partners, and the diminutive Cox was rumored to be well built in a number of important ways. There was a widely disseminated photograph of the two men engaged in a sex act, but it may have been intentionally posed in order to provoke controversy. Though married many times and the father of many children, perhaps Brando’s longest relationship was with Cox. The two shared an apartment, and after Cox’s death in 1973, Brando rushed back to the US from Tahiti to procure his friend’s ashes. He did so telling Cox’s wife he was to scatter them on a place they used to go climbing. Instead, he kept Cox’s remains at home, and sometime even under the passenger sit in his car, often talking to the urn as if it were his still-living friend. After Brando’s own death and cremation in 2004, their ashes along with those of another longtime friend, Sam Gilman, were scattered together in Tahiti and Death Valley.

Timeline & Places:

December 6, 1924: born.

1940s: attended Denby High School, 12800 Kelly Rd, Detroit, MI 48224, Stati Uniti

1948: lived at 53 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022, Stati Uniti, sharing with Marlon Brando

February 15, 1973: died. Ashes mingled with those of Marlon Brando and Sam Gilman and scattered in Death Valley and Tahiti


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