38 Facts About Marlon Brando

1. Marlon Brando was named the fourth greatest male star whose screen debut occurred before or during 1950 by the American Film Institute, and part of TIME magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

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2. Marlon Brando repeatedly credited Stella Adler and her understanding of the Stanislavsky acting technique for bringing realism to American cinema, but added:.

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3. Marlon Brando has been immortalized in music; most notably, he was mentioned in the lyrics of "Vogue" by Madonna.

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4. Marlon Brando is still the most exciting American actor on the screen.

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5. Marlon Brando is a cultural icon with an enduring popularity.

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6. Marlon Brando was one of the most respected actors of the post-war era.

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7. In 1989, Marlon Brando starred in the film A Dry White Season, based upon Andre Brink's novel of the same name.

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8. At the 1973 Academy Awards ceremony, Marlon Brando refused to accept the Oscar for his performance in The Godfather.

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9. Along with Paul Newman, Marlon Brando participated in the freedom rides.

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10. On June 12, 1973, Marlon Brando broke paparazzo Ron Galella's jaw.

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11. Marlon Brando earned a reputation as a 'bad boy' for his public outbursts and antics.

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12. Marlon Brando told a journalist: "If Wally had been a woman, I would have married him and we would have lived happily ever after.

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13. Marlon Brando met actress Rita Moreno in 1954, beginning their torrid love affair.

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14. Marlon Brando was cremated, and his ashes were put in with those of his childhood friend, comedian and actor Wally Cox and another longtime friend, Sam Gilman.

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15. Marlon Brando 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.

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16. In 2004, Marlon Brando recorded voice tracks for the character Mrs Sour in the unreleased animated film Big Bug Man.

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17. Marlon Brando scored enthusiastic reviews for his caricature of his Vito Corleone role as Carmine Sabatini in 1990s The Freshman.

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18. Marlon Brando portrayed Superman's father Jor-El in the 1978 film Superman.

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19. In 1977, Marlon 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.

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20. In 1973, Marlon Brando was devastated by the death of his childhood best friend Wally Cox.

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21. Marlon Brando was on his best behavior during filming, buoyed by a cast that included Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Diane Keaton.

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22. Marlon Brando had doubts himself, stating in his autobiography, "I had never played an Italian before, and I didn't think I could do it successfully.

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23. Marlon Brando had One-Eyed Jacks working against him, a troubled production that lost money for Paramount when it was released in 1961.

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24. Marlon Brando cited Burn! as his personal favorite of the films he had made, writing in his autobiography, "I think I did some of the best acting I've ever done in that picture, but few people came to see it.

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25. Marlon Brando portrayed a repressed gay army officer in Reflections in a Golden Eye, directed by John Huston and costarring Elizabeth Taylor.

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26. Marlon Brando had appeared in the spy thriller Morituri in 1965; that, too, failed to attract an audience.

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27. Marlon Brando was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.

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28. Marlon Brando closed out the decade by appearing in The Fugitive Kind opposite Anna Magnani.

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29. Marlon Brando won the Oscar for his role as Irish-American stevedore Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront.

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30. Early in his career, Marlon Brando began using cue cards instead of memorizing his lines.

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31. Marlon Brando used his Stanislavski System skills for his first summer stock roles in Sayville, New York, on Long Island.

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32. Marlon Brando was the first to bring a natural approach to acting on film.

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33. Marlon Brando was an avid student and proponent of Stella Adler, from whom he learned the techniques of the Stanislavski system.

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34. Marlon Brando worked as a ditch-digger as a summer job arranged by his father.

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35. In 1937, Marlon Brando's parents reconciled and moved together to Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago.

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36. Marlon 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.

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37. Marlon Brando was an activist for many causes, notably the civil rights movement and various Native American movements.

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38. Marlon Brando electrified the American acting scene in theater and movies.

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