As one of Hollywood's most iconic leading men, Marlon Brando—born April 3, 1924—recited some of the most memorable lines in cinematic history. Join us as we revisit his storied career, one snapshot at a time.
A 24-year-old Brando in 1948, the year after his breakthrough role as Stanley Kowalski in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Eating breakfast on the set of his first film, 1950's "The Men."
Brando trains for his role as a paraplegic veteran in "The Men."
At New York's Actors Studio, where Brando studied "method acting" in the '50s.
Brando relaxes with his grandmother at his family's farm in Libertyville, Illinois, circa 1951.
A photo by Richard Avedon taken in 1951, the year Brando earned his first Oscar nomination, for the film adaptation of "Streetcar."
In 1952, the year he played the title role in "Viva Zapata!"
Brando plays chess on the set of 1953's "Julius Caesar." Photo by Ruth Orkin.
Brando touches up his makeup for his role in 1954's "On the Waterfront," for which he won the first of his two Oscars—and the only one he accepted.
On the set of 1961's "One-Eyed Jacks." After Stanley Kubrick dropped out of the project, it became the only film Brando directed himself.
A promotional still for 1966's "The Appaloosa."
Brando with Elizabeth Taylor, his co-star in "Reflections in a Golden Eye," in 1967.
With Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
In the makeup chair for his role as Vito Corleone in 1972's "The Godfather." Director Francis Ford Coppola sits in the background.
Famous paparazzo Ron Galella stalks Brando at a 1974 gala benefitting the American Indian Development Association. The previous year, Brando had punched Galella, knocking out five of his teeth, hence the football helmet.
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