Marlon Brando

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Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor who performed for above half a century. He was best known for his role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named wish and his Academy Award-winning presentation as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront, both directed by Elia Kazan in the early 1950s.
In middle age, his well-known roles contain his Academy Award-winning performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Colonel Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, both directed by Francis Ford Coppola and an Academy Award-nominated performance as Paul in Last Tango in Paris.

Brando had a major impact on film acting. He was the foremost example of the "method" acting style, and was originally parodied for his "mumbling" diction, but his mercurial performances were extremely regarded. Director Martin Scorsese said of him, "He is one of the marker. There's 'before Brando' and 'after Brando'.'" Actor Jack Nicholson said, "When Marlon dies, everybody moves up one." Brando was also an activist, supporting several issues, notably the American Civil Rights and various American Indian Movements.

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