Marlon Brando

About Marlon Brando

Marlon Ernest Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor with a career spanning 60 years, during which he won many accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Actor, three BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Actor and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in 20th-century film. Brando was also an activist for many causes, notably the civil rights movement and various Native American movements. Having studied with Stella Adler in the 1940s, he is credited with being one of the first actors to bring the Stanislavski system of acting and method acting to mainstream audiences.

Marlon Brando received Academy Award nominations for his roles in ‘Viva Zapata!’, Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Sayonara’. The 1960s, however, saw Brando’s career take a commercial and critical downturn. He directed and starred in the cult western ‘One-Eyed Jacks’, which was a flop, followed by a series of notable box-office failures, beginning with ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. After ten years of underachieving, he agreed to do a screen test for ‘The Godfather’. He got the part and subsequently won his second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award in a performance critics consider among his greatest.

After a hiatus in the early 1970s, Marlon Brando was generally content with being a highly paid character actor in supporting roles, such as Jor-El in ‘Superman’, as Colonel Kurtz in ‘Apocalypse Now’, and in ‘The Formula’, before taking a nine-year break from film. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Brando was paid a record $3.7 million ($16 million in inflation-adjusted dollars) and 11.75% of the gross profits for 13 days’ work on ‘Superman’. Learn More…

Marlon Brando