Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

80 (passed away Jul. 1st, 2004)
Apr. 3rd, 1924
Born in
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
5' 9

Marlon Brando's Main TV Roles

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Main Movie Roles

2015 - The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution
2015 - Listen To Me Marlon
2010 - Smash His Camera
2006 - Superman Returns
2002 - Naqoyqatsi
2001 - The Score
2001 - Apocalypse Now Redux
1998 - Free Money
1997 - The Brave
1996 - The Island of Dr. Moreau
1995 - Don Juan DeMarco
1993 - In the Name of the Father
1992 - Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
1991 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
1990 - The Freshman
1989 - A Dry White Season
1980 - The Formula
1980 - The Formula
1978 - Superman
1976 - The Missouri Breaks
1972 - The Godfather
1971 - The Nightcomers
1969 - The Night of the Following Day
1968 - Candy
1967 - Reflections in a Golden Eye
1967 - A Countess from Hong Kong
1966 - The Appaloosa
1966 - The Chase
1965 - Morituri
1964 - Bedtime Story
1962 - Mutiny on the Bounty
1960 - The Fugitive Kind
1958 - The Young Lions
1956 - The Teahouse of the August Moon
1955 - Guys and Dolls
1954 - On the Waterfront
1953 - The Wild One
1953 - Julius Caesar
1951 - A Streetcar Named Desire
1950 - The Men

Guest TV Roles

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Stanley Kowalski
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Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949, a decision for which he was severely criticized when his star began to dim in the 1960s and he was excoriated for squandering his talents. No actor ever exerted such a profound influence on succeeding generations of actors as did Brando. More than 50 years after he first scorched the screen as Stanley Kowalski in the movie version of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and a quarter-century after his last great performance as Col. Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), all American actors are still being measured by the yardstick that was Brando. It was if the shadow of John Barrymore, the great American actor closest to Brando in terms of talent and stardom, dominated the acting field up until the 1970s. He did not, nor did any other actor so dominate the public's consciousness of what WAS an actor before or since Brando's 1951 on-screen portrayal of Stanley made him a cultural icon. Brando eclipsed the reputation of other great actors circa 1950, such as Paul Muni and Fredric March. Only the luster of Spencer Tracy's reputation hasn't dimmed when seen in the starlight thrown off by Brando. However, neither Tracy nor Olivier created an entire school of acting just by the force of his personality. Brando did.
Acting was the only thing he was good at, for which he received praise, so he was determined to make it his career - a high-school dropout, he had nothing else to fall back on, having been rejected by the military due to a knee injury he incurred playing football at Shattuck Military Academy, Brando Sr.'s alma mater. The school booted Marlon out as incorrigible before graduation.
Brando had first attracted media attention at the age of 24, when "Life" magazine ran a photo of himself and his sister Jocelyn, who were both then appearing on Broadway. The curiosity continued, and snowballed. Playing the paraplegic soldier of The Men (1950), Brando had gone to live at a Veterans Administration hospital with actual disabled veterans, and confined himself to a wheelchair for weeks. It was an acting method, research, that no one in Hollywood had ever heard of before, and that willingness to experience life.


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