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Marlon Brando



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

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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Don Vito Corleone
2016
95% Sing Your Song
  • Marlon Brando
2012
76% Superman Returns
  • Jor-El
2006
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Col. Kurtz
2001
73% The Score
  • Max
2001
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
17% Free Money
  • The Swede
1999
33% The Brave
  • McCarthy
1997
22% The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Dr. Moreau
1996
74% 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
81% A Dry White Season
  • Ian McKenzie
1989
89% Superman II
  • Actor
1981
30% The Formula
  • Adam Steiffel
1980
97% Apocalypse Now
  • Col. Kurtz
1979
No Score Yet Raoni: The Fight for the Amazon
  • Actor
1979
93% Superman
  • Jor-El
1978
79% The Missouri Breaks
  • Lee Clayton
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
99% The Godfather
  • Don Vito Corleone
1972
No Score Yet The Nightcomers
  • Quint
1972
79% Last Tango in Paris
  • Paul
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Actor
1972
85% Burn!
  • Sir William Walker
1969
100% The Night of the Following Day
  • Chauffeur
1968
80% Candy
  • Grindl
1968
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Weldon Penderton
1967
60% A Countess from Hong Kong
  • Ogden Mears
1967
80% The Chase
  • Sheriff Calder
1966
No Score Yet The Appaloosa
  • Matt
1966
No Score Yet Meet Marlon Brando
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Morituri
  • Robert Crain
1965
No Score Yet Bedtime Story
  • Freddy Benson
1964
80% The Ugly American
  • Harrison Carter MacWhite
1963
71% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Fletcher Christian
1962
57% One-Eyed Jacks
  • Director
  • Rio
1961
60% 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
80% 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
70% The Men
  • Ken
1950
No Score Yet Nagoyqatsi
  • Actor

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