Movita Castaneda - biography

Actor from United States of America

Movita Castaneda Maria "Movita" Castaneda (born December 4, 1917) is an American actress best known for being the second wife of actor Marlon Brando. She was six years older than Brando. In films, she played exotic women/singers, such as in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), of which she is the last surviving cast member. She is the mother of Miko Castaneda Brando (b. 1961) and Rebecca Brando Kotlizky (b. 1966). Movita, a Mexican American, was born in Nogales, Arizona, on a train travelling between Mexico and Arizona. Movita began her acting career singing the Carioca to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire's first dance number in the first film in which the famous duo appeared together, Flying Down to Rio (1933). She continued playing exotic women in American and Spanish language films in the 1930s, most notably as a Tahitian girl, Tehanni in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) alongside Clark Gable and Franchot Tone, then starring in two films alongside John Carroll, Rose of the Rio Grande (1938) and Wolf Call (1939), and in The Girl from Rio (1939) with Warren Hull. She starred in the British thriller Tower of Terror (1941) alongside Wilfrid Lawson and Michael Rennie. After a break,  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Maria Luisa Casteñada,Movita,Movita Casteñada,Maria Casteneda,Movita Luisa Casteñada,Movita Casteneda,Movida Castaneda,Movita Castenada,Movita Castendada
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America


Year Performance Character
1952 Wild Horse Ambush
1951 Soldiers Three Cabaret woman
1937 Paradise Isle Ida
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty Tehani

Comment Movita Castaneda on facebook