Marlon Brando

Born Apr 3, 1924

Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American screen and stage actor. He is widely regarded as having had a significant impact on the art of film acting. While he became notorious for his "mumbling" diction and exuding a raw animal magnetism, his mercurial performances were nonetheless highly regarded, and he is widely considered as one of the greatest and most influential actors of the 20th century. Director Martin Scorsese said of him, "He is the marker.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Marlon Brando.


1924 Birth Brando was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Marlon Brando, Sr., a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, and Dorothy Julia (née Pennebaker). … Read More


1937 13 Years Old In 1937, Brando's parents reconciled and moved together to Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago.
1939 15 Years Old In 1939 and 1941, he worked as an usher at the town's only movie theatre, The Liberty. … Read More


1944 - 1946 3 More Events
This proved to be one of the greatest blessings of his career, as it freed him up to play the role of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan. … Read More
Brando was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950. … Read More
1953 29 Years Old In 1953, Brando also starred in The Wild One, riding his own Triumph Thunderbird 6T motorcycle. … Read More


In 1954, Brando starred in On the Waterfront, a crime drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. … Read More
1957 33 Years Old Brando married actress Anna Kashfi in 1957. … Read More
In 1958, Brando appeared in The Young Lions, dyeing his hair blonde and assuming a German accent for the role, which he later admitted was not convincing. … Read More
1960 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Brando married Movita Castaneda, a Mexican-American actress seven years his senior; they were divorced in 1962. … Read More
1961 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, Brando made his directorial debut in the western One-Eyed Jacks. … Read More
1962 38 Years Old …  He directed and starred in the cult western film One-Eyed Jacks, a critical and commercial flop, after which he delivered a series of box-office failures, beginning with the 1962 film adaptation of the novel Mutiny on the Bounty. … Read More


1965 - 1968 3 More Events
1969 45 Years Old …  Brando's performance as Vito Corleone, the "Don," in The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 best-selling novel of the same name, was a career turning point, putting him back in the Top Ten and winning him his second Best Actor Oscar. … Read More
With that and his Oscar-nominated performance in Last Tango in Paris, Brando re-established himself in the ranks of top box-office stars, placing sixth and tenth in the Money Making Stars poll in 1972 and 1973, respectively. … Read More
Although Brando won the 1973 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the actor did not appear at the ceremony or send a representative to pick up the award if he won. … Read More


1976 52 Years Old In 1976, Brando appeared in The Missouri Breaks with his friend Jack Nicholson. … Read More
1977 53 Years Old In 1977, Brando made a rare television appearance in the miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, portraying George Lincoln Rockwell; he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance.
1978 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, he narrated the English version of Raoni, a French-Belgian documentary film directed by Jean-Pierre Dutilleux and Luiz Carlos Saldanha that focused on the life of Raoni Metuktire and issues surrounding the survival of the indigenous Indian tribes of north central Brazil.
1980 56 Years Old After appearing as oil tycoon Adam Steiffel in 1980's The Formula, which was poorly received critically, Brando announced his retirement from acting.


1989 65 Years Old However he returned in 1989 in A Dry White Season, based on André Brink's 1979 anti-apartheid novel. … Read More
1990 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Brando also scored enthusiastic reviews for his caricature of his Vito Corleone role as Carmine Sabatini in 1990's The Freshman. … Read More
2001 77 Years Old 1 More Event
The actor was a longtime close friend of entertainer Michael Jackson and paid regular visits to his Neverland Ranch, resting there for weeks at a time. Brando also participated in the singer's two-day solo career 30th-anniversary celebration concerts in 2001, and starred in his 13-minute-long music video, "You Rock My World," in the same year. … Read More
2002 78 Years Old He also dabbled with some innovation in his last years. He had several patents issued in his name from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, all of which involve a method of tensioning drum heads, in June 2002 – November 2004. (For example, see and its equivalents).
In 2004, Brando recorded voice tracks for the character Mrs. Sour in the unreleased animated film Big Bug Man. … Read More
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