Marlon Brando, the versatile actor
Marlon Brando was the genius of the Hollywood cinema. As an actor he
registered a memorable landmark in Hollywood Cinema with the super hits
The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and On the Waterfront. His acting in these
films shows that he had mastered the techniques of acting and he left
indelible impressions on the minds of cinema lovers who are least likely
to forget him.
He infused a fresh life into the roles he acted with his personality
which earned him Oscar awards for the Best Actor for two years. He was
even nominated for Oscar awards for four times.
Within a lifetime of extreme obstinacy and stubbornness built into
him, Marlon Brando proved he was the most superb actor both on the stage
and cinema during the post-war period.
Marlon Brando, born on April 3, 1924 in Nebraska of Omaha-America
lead a life of total stubbornness, flippancy and irresponsibility during
his childhood and youth.
For this reason, he was expelled from the school he attend the
military academy which he attended following expulsion from the school.
His intractable nature may be attributed to the influence of his
childhood which witnessed the tragedy of a broken family at its worst.
His mother Dorothy was a rehabilitated woman after an intense addiction
to liquor and his father was a fairly sensitive person towards his
bullheaded son in the depth of hopeless anxiety arising from
unemployment and unsafe family background, Brando took up the trade of
cutting ditches which deeply moved his father.
Subsequently, Brando and Dorothy introduced their son (Marlon) to a
provincial drama ensemble where young Marlon was governed by a passion
to act. His father had been determined to invest money on any meaningful
enterprise that Marlon would embark on.
Soon the headstrong youth Marlon arrived in New York to study
professional acting under Stells Addler because by now he had sensed his
potential capacity to open up a prospective future with acting.
At this particular juncture, Marlon Brando joined the "Actors Studio"
to work under the guidance of Lee Strasberg whose theories of realistic
acting inevitably became a part and parcel of his life.
The drama "Bobino" expanded the horizons of his acting career (1943)
and he appeared as a professional actor much in demand.
A year later, Marlon joined The Broadway Theatre House where he was
thrust into limelight with the drama "I Remember Mamma", the first drama
he acted in for the Broadway Theatre House. Commenting on this rare
potential in acting in "Trackline Care", the spectators and the
contemporary critics said" Marlon is the most reliable and the most
promising actor in Broadway Theatre House."
Offering a perfect validity to this statement, Marlon Brando
succeeded in grasping the attention, admiration and praise from the
cinema lovers in 1947. Here, he became a maria overnight.
Marion became a living legend after the role "Stanley Kovalsky" which
he played in the film "A Street car Named Desire" produced by Tennesy
Soon the Hollywood was impressed with his appealing cinematic
personality sharpness and reliability in acting. Yet this strange actor
was never prepared to a accept whatever role he was given for the sake
of a speedy popularity.
Instead he remained patient till he got a film where he could play a
convincingly successful role and where he could exploit the best of his
Marlon's own commitment to acting is sometimes surprising. In Stanley
Cremer's The Men, Marlon successfully played the role of a paralysed war
hero with perfect professionalism and versatility. For this, he actually
stayed in a hospital for a month to equip his own acting with naturality
and realism which often discriminated him from other actors.
Even though the film The Men did not become a huge box office
success, the talent and capacity displayed by Marlon was a subject of
wider discussion. In 1951, he and Elia Cassen made the film "Street Car"
and he was nominated for the Best Actor for the role he played in the
Though he missed the award for the Best Actor, the film won the
Academy Award at the ceremony.
Back in 1953, Marlon Brando was nominated for the award of the Best
Actor for the roles he played in Viva Sapata and Julius Caesar.
The role of Mark Anthony that he played in Julius Caesar is one of
the rarest acting in the history of Hollywood Cinema.
The film On the Waterfront produced by Elia Cassen in 1954 brought
him the Oscar award for the Best Actor. Once again in 1957, Brando was
honoured with the Oscar award for the Best Actor for the role he played
in Sayonara. Later, he appeared in Young Lions with an eminent actor
Montgomeri Clift and the film was a massive box office success.
This was the first and last film for Marlon to have co starred with
versatile actor Montgomeri Clift.
Marlon Brando performed exceptionally well in The GodFather where he
played the role of "Cornalia" a mafia leader.
Here he was awarded the Oscar Award for the Best Actor but he sent a
Red Indian actress to the stage to receive the award for him.
This was meant to be a humiliating rebuff for Americans who were
harassing Red Indians.
Old Marlon acted minor roles in Superman (1978) and Apocalypse Now
(1979) and he was the actor who charged the highest for his acting.
On July 2, 2004 Marlon Brando, the star of life, breathed his last
owing to a chronic bronchial infection - at the age of 80.