Marlon Brando

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Who: American actor.

What: Considered one of the most influential actors of the 20th Century.

Where: Born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Why: Mainly famous for his Oscar-winning performances in On The Waterfront and The Godfather.

When: Born April 3, 1924, died July 1, 2004.

“An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer” – Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando rivals screen legends Laurence Olivier, Jimmy Stewart and Charlie Chaplin as one of the best and most influential actors of all time. Initially rising to fame for his role as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, he went on to play Stanley in the film version of the play in 1951, Johnny Strabler in The Wild One in 1953 and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his turn as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront in 1954. By the early 1960s, his career entered a decline, as he focussed on the civil rights movement, and became embroiled in a divorce, eventually regarding his career with disdain. By the 1970s, having not appearing in a hit movie since 1958, he hit back in Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal The Godfather in 1972, winning (but not accepting) another Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Don Vito Corleone. He followed the Godfather with Last Tango in Paris, also in 1972, and famously appeared as Jor-El, father of Superman in 1978’s Superman and as Colonel Kurtz in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in 1979. He spent his later years attempting to become the world’s fattest man, and died in 2004 from respiratory and heart failure.

Brando in The Wild One, 1953.

Further reading:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000008/bio

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/marlon_brando/

http://www.marlonbrando.com/

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