Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Highest Rated: 100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Lowest Rated: 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1924

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924, Marlon Brando's talent for performing developed early, as a way to distract his alcoholic mother (an actress) from the bottle. His impressions and ability to stay in character impressed his friends and family, and after his sister went to study acting in New York, her younger brother followed. A devoted student of Stella Adler and the Stanislavsky system, Brando worked to fully embody his roles, both psychologically and physically. The erratic behavior encouraged by the system caused many to distance themselves from the young actor, but as he developed, Brando began to turn in some revelatory performances. In 1946, Brando starred in the Broadway production of "Truckline Café," which earned him the title of "Most Promising Young Actor" by the New York Drama Critics. The play was also his first professional collaboration with legendary director and producer Elia Kazan. The two collaborated again on Broadway, with Kazan directing and Brando starring in Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1947. Brando's first screen appearance came in "The Men" (1950). The next year he reprised his role as Stanley Kowalski in the filmed version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) also directed by Elia Kazan. His performance was electric, earning Brando his first Academy Award nomination, and immediately vaulted him to the status of screen idol. Two years later he starred in the iconic motorcycle drama "The Wild One" (1953). He was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Actor in 1952 for his performance in "Viva Zapata" (1952), the next year for his performance as Mark Antony in "Julius Caesar" (1953). Brando and Kazan had another successful collaboration in "On the Waterfront" (1954). The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards (with three actors from the film nominated for Best Supporting Actor), and won eight, including Brando for Best Actor. Brando took a swing at a musical when he starred with Jean Simmons in "Guys and Dolls" (1955). Although his singing was routinely panned, the film was a financial success. He directed "One Eyed Jacks" (1961), a western in which he also starred, taking over the reins from Stanley Kubrick at the behest of the studio. Through the 1960s Brando continued to star in films, but none lived up to the promise of his early career. In 1972, Brando put in yet another iconic performance as the title character in "The Godfather" (1972), directed by Francis Ford Coppola and frequently considered one of the best films of all time. The performance earned him another Academy Award for Best Actor, which he famously declined to accept in person, instead sending a Native American rights activist in his place. The next year, Brando gained high marks for his performance in the controversial "Last Tango in Paris" (1973), and earned another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Brando played a small supporting role in "Superman: The Movie" (1978), earning nearly $4 million, making him the highest paid actor of all time per minute of screen time up to that date. The next year, he reunited with Coppola and starred in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), a loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and one of the most memorable filmed portrayals of the Vietnam War. Brando continued to act in films, but never regained his former luster, although he turned in a memorable comic performance in "The Freshman" (1990), playing a lighter version of his character from "The Godfather" to much acclaim. In failing health for a number of years, Brando died in 2004, heralded as one of America's most influential cultural icons of the 20th Century.

Highest rated movies

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
On the Waterfront
Apocalypse Now
The Godfather
A Streetcar Named Desire
Listen to Me Marlon
Julius Caesar
The Freshman




95% 88% Listen to Me Marlon Voice (Character) $423.2K 2015
74% 61% Superman Returns Jor-El (Character) $200.1M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost in the Thinking Unknown (Character) - 2005
73% 67% The Score Max Baron (Character) $71.1M 2001
29% 26% Free Money Warden Sven "The Swede" Sorenson (Character) - 1998
33% 67% The Brave McCarthy (Character) - 1997
24% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau (Character) $27.7M 1996
71% 68% Don Juan DeMarco Dr. Jack Mickler (Character) $22.0M 1995
7% 17% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Tomas de Torquemada (Character) $7.8M 1992
100% 94% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Unknown (Character) - 1991
94% 61% The Freshman Carmine Sabatini aka Jimmy The Tucan (Character) $20.7M 1990
81% 76% A Dry White Season Ian McKenzie (Character) $3.3M 1989
30% 22% The Formula Adam Steiffel (Character) - 1980
98% 94% Apocalypse Now Colonel Kurtz (Character) $78.8M 1979
93% 91% Apocalypse Now Redux Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Character) - 1979
94% 86% Superman: The Movie Jor-El (Character) - 1978
81% 59% The Missouri Breaks Lee Clayton (Character) - 1976
57% 40% The Nightcomers Peter Quint (Character) - 1972
85% 76% Last Tango in Paris Paul (Character) - 1972
97% 98% The Godfather Don Vito Corleone (Character) $134.8M 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still Self - 1972
86% 81% Burn! Sir William Walker (Character) - 1969
63% 47% Night of the Following Day Bud (Character) - 1969
40% 48% Candy Grindl (Character) - 1968
55% 58% Reflections in a Golden Eye Maj. Weldon Penderton (Character) - 1967
43% 42% A Countess From Hong Kong Ogden Mears (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 48% The Appaloosa Matt (Character) - 1966
89% 73% The Chase Sheriff Calder (Character) - 1966
75% 71% Morituri Robert Crain (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bedtime Story Freddy Benson (Character) - 1964
67% 70% The Ugly American Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite (Character) - 1963
70% 73% Mutiny on the Bounty 1st Lt. Fletcher Christian (Character) - 1962
61% 72% One-Eyed Jacks Rio (Character),
- 1961
50% 63% The Fugitive Kind Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier (Character) - 1960
71% 77% The Young Lions Lt. Christian Diestl (Character) - 1958
93% 79% Sayonara Maj. Gruver (Character) - 1957
86% 64% The Teahouse of the August Moon Sakini (Character) - 1956
91% 83% Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 68% Desiree Napoleon Bonaparte (Character) - 1954
79% 71% The Wild One Johnny Strabler/Narrator (Character) - 1954
99% 95% On the Waterfront Terry Malloy (Character) - 1954
95% 81% Julius Caesar Marc Antony (Character) - 1953
61% 77% Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata (Character) - 1952
97% 90% A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski (Character) - 1951
79% 73% The Men Ken (Character) - 1950