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[[caption-width-right:350:Truly the epitome of manliness.]]

->''"Followers of the Bran-Dao believe that you don't gotta be running your mouth to prove how macho you are. Just gotta be confident and put your all into what you do, and people will fill in the rest themselves. We believe if you live your life right, you reach a state of Nirv'''man'''a where the whole universe is in [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/323 complete recognition of your masculinity."]]''
-->-- '''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Commander Badass]]''', ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''

Marlon Brando (19242004) was a legendary American method actor who broke out in the early [[TheFifties 1950s]], appearing in two Elia Kazan films, ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' and ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', as well as less arty projects such as ''Film/TheWildOne'' and the screen adaptation of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. He later created and forever owned the role of Don Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather'', as well as performed notable cameo roles in several high-profile films, including Jor-El in ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and Kurtz in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.

Brando eventually became regarded as something of a joke for his exorbitant demands and prima donna behavior on film sets, which put many directors at odds with him. He eventually went into a self-imposed seclusion, from which he emerged only to appear in films far below his demonstrated talent.

He was voted in the UK's Empire Magazine in 1997 as one of the five greatest living actors. He passed away in 2004.

Impressions of him, in the form of a MumblingBrando, are a StockParody.

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!!Filmography:

* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' (1951) -- reprising his stage role
* ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' (1953) -- one hell of a job with the "Friends! Romans! Countrymen!" speech
* ''Film/TheWildOne'' (1953)
* ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'' (1954)
* ''Theatre/TheTeahouseOfTheAugustMoon'' (1956)
* ''Film/{{Sayonara}}'' (1957)
* ''Film/OneEyedJacks'' (1961) -- also his sole film as a director
* ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' (1962)
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' (1972)
* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' (1972)
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978)
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' (1979)
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' (1996) -- Legendary TroubledProduction
* ''Film/TheScore'' (2001)

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!!Tropes associated with Marlon Brando and his characters include:

* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Won for ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'' and ''Film/TheGodfather'', was nominated for ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', ''Viva Zapata!'', ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', ''Film/{{Sayonara}}'', ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' and ''A Dry White Season'' (as a supporting actor). Funnily enough he went up against Creator/HumphreyBogart for the Academy Award twice, losing the first time (Bogart won for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'' vs. Brando's ''Film/AStreetcarNamedDesire'') and winning the second time (Brando won for ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'' vs. Bogart's ''Film/TheCaineMutiny''). He's the only actor to receive four consecutive Best Actor nominations. He rejected his second Oscar to protest Hollywood's depiction of the Native Americans.
* BadassBiker: Possible UrExample in ''Film/TheWildOne''.
* BigEater: Even before his weight gain, he was known for his insatiable appetite.
* BiTheWay
* BrilliantButLazy: Al Pacino said that he would work his ass off in acting only to come short of what Brando could do in his sleep. The man was also famous for refusing to memorize lines and often had cue cards on set or just improvised. Bear in mind that Brando started in theatre so he knew perfectly well how to memorize lines. He used cue-cards on set not out of laziness so much as to provide a more spontaneous performance (which considering that movies were shot out of order helped make every scene fresh).
** Elia Kazan admitted that this was Brando's style. Give him a part and attract his curiosity and tell him what you want from the scene. He would then go in a corner and come up with [[TakeAThirdOption something unique and brilliant]], and better than the original idea. Some directors accepted this, others who preferred total obedience to their directions had problems accepting this and this created conflict on some of his later films.
** Case in point: ''Superman''. He was only there for the money, read his lines off cue cards (refusing to learn them) and had a fairly small role. And it is one of the best performances in the film. Moreover, he was the one who suggested that Superman's logo be the family sigil, which eventually became part of the Superman mythos.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Later in life.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[invoked]] Regretted that a couple of his bad boy roles got this treatment. Stanley in ''Film/AStreetCarNamedDesire'' especially -- Brando loathed the character as an abusive rapist, and was horrified that some audiences romanticized him.
* HiddenDepths: His activism for the Civil Rights Movement and Native American rights. He also studied with a voice teacher and did his own singing in ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. He's not mind-blowing, but he more than holds his own against his co-star, ''Music/FrankSinatra''.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: TropeNamer via ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''.
* IWasQuiteALooker: As he gained weight and didn't age well, it was hard to compare him to the picture atop this page.
* LargeHam
* MrFanservice: During TheFifties and TheSixties with a bit of EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* OlderThanTheyLook: For much of his life. Much makeup had to be applied to him in ''The Godfather'' though he was only six years younger than Vito Corleone. In ''Superman'', he certainly doesn't look like he's nearly thirty years older than Christopher Reeve.
** ''Superman'' is justified: his character died when Christopher Reeve's character was (and played by) a baby. What we see with Christopher Reeve's version is a simulation.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: ''The Missouri Breaks'', where his WildWest hit man character lapses in and out of a stereotypical ''Irish'' accent.
* SueDonym: Became a ham radio enthusiast after settling in Tahiti. He's listed as "Martin Brandeaux" in the FCC records.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Stayed in touch with Eli Wallach (who was a NiceGuy by comparison) for about thirty years, even after they did an improvisational scene together where he hurled Wallach across the room, elevating a stage fight into a brawl.
* {{Troll}}: One of his favorite hobbies in his later years was to go on the internet and start arguments in chat rooms.
* TroubledButCute: Many of his early roles.
* UnkemptBeauty: Famously portrayed a very masculine and attractive man who was constantly sweaty and dirty.
* VocalDissonance: He's one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s for the {{Hunk}}, and yet his voice is... ''jarring,'' to say the least. Especially with his thick accent.
* {{Yellowface}}: Portrayed an Okinawan in the theatrical adaptation of ''Film/TheTeahouseOfTheAugustMoon''. The Yellowface is somewhat softened by 1) Brando delivering a typically charismatic performance and 2) Brando's character being the smartest person in the movie.

!!Brando in fiction

[[AC: WebComics]]
* Marlon Brando is a godlike figure in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. Literally. CommanderBadass worships him. And do ''not'' compare him to Creator/ChuckNorris.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Mentok the Mindtaker's backstory in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' parodied Superman's origin story. His father, Big L, was a parody of Marlon Brando. But later life Marlon Brando.
* Appeared as a guest referee in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', for the Al Pacino vs Robert De Niro fight. The Beastie Boys eventually use him to plug the exhaust of the Backstreet Boys giant robot in the main event fight.
* Frequently parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', targeting his late career obesity and paycheck roles. Among other appearances, Brando stars in a musical version of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' (called ''Apocalypse Wow!''), portrays Mr. French in a ''Series/FamilyAffair'' remake as [[Film/TheGodfather Vito Corleone]] and complains about having to lose weight to play BarneyTheDinosaur.
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