Marlon Brando: Stories, Bio, And Facts You Didn't Know About The Legendary Actor

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Marlon Brando on the set of The Wild One, directed by Laslo Benedek. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

In A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On The Waterfront (1953), and The Wild One (1954), Marlon Brando established himself as one of the great acting talents of the 20th century. With Brando, the facts and stories of his real life often mirror those of his best characters. He was a brooding, smoldering, menacing presence in person and moreso on screen, from the beginning through later work like The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979). From his early life as a grave digger to wearing cotton balls in his cheeks during his audition for The Godfather, Brando never made the obvious choice. Throughout a career that can only be described as quixotic Brando had massive highs and deep lows. He was essentially kicked out of Hollywood after becoming one of its biggest stars and then clawed his way back in the 1970s with a series of huge films, and on each one he acted weirder and weirder.