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Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor who performed for over half a century. He was perhaps best known for his roles as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), his Academy Award-nominated performance as Emiliano Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952), his role as Mark Antony in the MGM film adaptation of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar (1953), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and his Academy Award-winning performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954). During the 1970s, he was most famous for his Academy Award-winning performance as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), also playing Colonel Walter Kurtz in another Coppola film, Apocalypse Now (1979). Brando delivered an Academy Award-nominated performance as Paul in Last Tango in Paris (1972), in addition to directing and starring in the western film One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Brando had a significant impact on film acting, and was the foremost example of the "method" acting style. While he became notorious for his "mumbling" diction and exuding a raw animal magnetism, his mercurial performances were nonetheless highly regarded, and he is considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of the 20th century. Director Martin Scorsese said of him, "He is the marker. There's 'before Brando' and 'after Brando'.'"Actor Jack Nicholson once said, "When Marlon dies, everybody moves up one." Brando was also an activist, supporting many issues, notably the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian Movements.

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Apr 3, 1924 In Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Actors Studio 1948-09-26
Latest Project:
Movie kid 90 2021-03-12
Known For
Movie kid 90 Self 2021-03-12
Movie Listen to Me Marlon Himself (voice) (archive footage) 2015-07-29
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire Self - Actor / Various Roles (archive footage) 2014-09-20
Movie Reel Injun Himself (archive footage) 2010-02-19
Movie The Last Days of Marlon Brando Himself (archive footage) 2008-03-01
Movie Brando Himself (archive footage) 2007-05-01
Series Brando: The Documentary Self 2007-05-01
Movie The Godfather and the Mob (archive footage) 2006-04-25
Movie Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Jor-El (archive footage) 2006-11-02
Movie Superman Returns Jor-El 2006-06-28
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self (archive footage) 2003-01-01
Movie A Huey P. Newton Story 2001-06-18
Movie The Score Max 2001-07-13
Movie Free Money Warden Sven 'The Swede' Sorenson 1998-12-03
Movie The Brave McCarthy 1997-07-30
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau 1996-08-23
Movie Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage Stanley Kowalski / Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier (archive footage) 1994-12-19
Movie Marlon Brando: The Wild One Himself (uncredited) 1994-08-11
Movie Don Juan DeMarco Dr. Jack Mickler 1994-10-12
Movie Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Tomas de Torquemada 1992-08-21
Movie Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Himself 1991-09-06
Movie The Godfather Family: A Look Inside Himself 1990-07-12
Movie The Freshman Carmine Sabatini, aka Jimmy The Toucan 1990-07-20
Movie A Dry White Season Ian McKenzie 1989-01-01
Movie The Making of 'Superman: The Movie' Himself 1980-01-01
Series Roots: The Next Generations George Lincoln Rockwell 1979-02-18
Movie Apocalypse Now Colonel Walter E. Kurtz 1979-08-15
Series Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television Don Vito Corleone 1977-11-12
Movie The Missouri Breaks Robert Clayton 1976-05-19
Movie The Godfather Don Vito Corleone 1972-03-14
Movie Last Tango in Paris Paul 1972-10-14
Movie The Nightcomers Peter Quint 1971-08-30
Movie The Night of the Following Day Chauffeur 1969-02-19
Movie Burn! Sir William Walker 1969-12-21
Movie Candy Grindl 1968-12-17
Movie A Countess from Hong Kong Ogden Mears 1967-01-05
Movie Reflections in a Golden Eye Maj. Weldon Penderton 1967-10-11
Movie The Chase Sheriff Calder 1966-02-18
Movie The Ugly American Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite 1963-04-02
Movie One-Eyed Jacks Rio 1961-03-30
Movie Sayonara Major Lloyd Gruver 1957-12-25
Movie Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson 1955-12-23
Movie The Wild One Johnny Strabler 1953-12-30
Movie Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata 1952-02-07
Movie A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski 1951-09-18
Movie The Men Ken Wilcheck/Bud 1950-07-20
Series Actors Studio 1948-09-26