Marlon Brando

Birthday: Apr 3, 1924
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Marlon Brando was quite simply one of the most celebrated and influential screen and stage actors of the postwar era; he rewrote the rules of performing, and nothing was ever the same again. Brooding, lusty, and intense, his greatest contribution was popularizing Method acting, a highly interpretive performance style which brought unforeseen dimensions of power and depth to the craft; in comparison, most other screen icons appeared shallow, even a little silly. A combative and often contradictory man, Brando refused to play by the rules of the Hollywood game, openly expressing his loathing for the film industry and for the very nature of celebrity, yet often exploiting his fame to bring attention to political causes and later accepting any role offered him as long as the price was right. He is one of the screen's greatest enigmas, and there will never be another quite like him. Born April 3, 1924, in Omaha, NE, Brando's rebellious streak manifested itself early, resulting in his expulsion from military school. His first career was as a ditch digger, but his father ultimately grew so frustrated with his son's seeming lack of ambition that he offered to finance whatever more meaningful path the young man chose to pursue. Brando opted to become an actor -- his mother operated a local theatrical group -- and he soon relocated to New York City to study the Stanislavsky method under Stella Adler. He later worked at the Actors' Studio under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, and his dedication to the principles of Method acting was to become absolute. After making his professional debut in 1943's Bobino, Brando bowed on Broadway a year later in I Remember Mama; for 1946's Truckline Cafe, the critics voted him Broadway's Most Promising Actor.Brando's groundbreaking star turn in the 1947 production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire delivered on all of that promise and much, much more; as the inarticulate brute Stanley Kowalski, Brando stunned audiences with a performance of remarkable honesty, sexuality, and intensity, and overnight he became the rage of Broadway. Hollywood quickly came calling, but he resisted the studios' overtures with characteristic contempt -- he was a new breed of star, an anti-star, really, and he refused to play ball, dismissing influential critics and making no concessions toward glamour or decorum. It all only served to make Hollywood want him more, of course, and in 1950 Brando agreed to star in the independent Stanley Kramer production The Men as a paraplegic war victim; in typical Method fashion, he spent a month in an actual veteran's hospital in preparation for the role.While The Men was not a commercial hit, critics tripped over themselves in their attempts to praise Brando's performance, and in 1951 it was announced that he and director Elia Kazan were set to reprise their earlier work for a screen adaptation of Streetcar. The results were hugely successful, the picture winning an Academy Award for Best Film; Brando earned his first Best Actor nomination, but lost despite Oscars for his co-stars, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter. Again with Kazan, he next starred in the title role of 1952's Viva Zapata! After walking out of the French production Le Rouge et le Noir over a dispute with director Claude Autant-Lara, Brando portrayed Mark Antony in the 1953 MGM production of Julius Caesar, sparking considerable controversy over his idiosyncratic approach to the Bard and earning a third consecutive Oscar bid. In 1954, The Wild One was another curve ball, casting Brando as the rebellious leader of a motorcycle gang and forever establishing him as a poster boy for attitude, angst, and anomie. That same year, he delivered perhaps his definitive screen performance as a washed-up boxer in Kazan's visceral On the Waterfront. On his fourth attempt, Brando finally won an Academy Award, and the film itself also garnered Best Picture honors.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Godfather Epic Don Vito Corleone 2016
95% Sing Your Song Marlon Brando $48.2K 2012
75% Superman Returns Jor-El $200.2M 2006
93% Apocalypse Now Redux Col. Kurtz $2M 2001
73% The Score Max $70.4M 2001
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
29% Free Money The Swede 1999
33% The Brave McCarthy 1997
24% The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau 1996
69% Don Juan DeMarco Jack Mickler 1994
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Torquemada 1992
No Score Yet Stella Adler: Awake and Dream! Actor 1992
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Actor 1991
93% The Freshman Carmine Sabatini 1990
85% A Dry White Season Ian McKenzie 1989
86% Superman II Actor 1981
30% The Formula Adam Steiffel 1980
97% Apocalypse Now Col. Kurtz 1979
94% Superman Jor-El 1978
76% The Missouri Breaks Lee Clayton 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
98% The Godfather Don Vito Corleone 1972
50% The Nightcomers Quint 1972
84% Last Tango in Paris Paul 1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Actor 1972
85% Burn! Sir William Walker 1969
83% The Night of the Following Day Chauffeur 1968
50% Candy Grindl 1968
53% Reflections in a Golden Eye Weldon Penderton 1967
50% A Countess from Hong Kong Ogden Mears 1967
83% The Chase Sheriff Calder 1966
No Score Yet The Appaloosa Matt 1966
No Score Yet Meet Marlon Brando Actor 1966
67% Morituri Robert Crain 1965
No Score Yet Bedtime Story Freddy Benson 1964
80% The Ugly American Harrison Carter MacWhite 1963
67% Mutiny on the Bounty Fletcher Christian 1962
53% One-Eyed Jacks Rio Director 1961
55% The Fugitive Kind Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier 1960
83% The Young Lions Lt. Christian Diestl 1958
100% Sayonara Major Gruver 1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Actor 1956
90% Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson 1955
98% On the Waterfront Terry Malloy 1954
81% The Wild One Johnny Strabler / Narrator 1954
95% Julius Caesar Marc Antony 1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
65% Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata 1952
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire: Digital Restovation Actor 1951
98% A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski 1951
75% The Men Ken 1950
No Score Yet Nagoyqatsi Actor