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

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      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
      22% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau (Character) $27.7M 1996
      72% 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
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Movie Tough Guys Unknown (Character) - 1991
      94% 61% The Freshman Carmine Sabatini aka Jimmy The Tucan (Character) $20.7M 1990
      82% 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
      93% 86% Superman: The Movie Jor-El (Character) - 1978
      81% 59% The Missouri Breaks Lee Clayton (Character) - 1976
      57% 41% The Nightcomers Peter Quint (Character) - 1972
      83% 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 47% 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),
      Director
      - 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
      20% 68% Desiree Napoleon Bonaparte (Character) - 1954
      76% 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
      58% 76% Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata (Character) - 1952
      97% 89% A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski (Character) - 1951
      79% 73% The Men Ken (Character) - 1950