American actor Marlon Brando- Reuters
CAIRO - 2 July 2017: The world lost a renowned cinema legend 13 years ago. July 1 marks the death anniversary of international actor Marlon Brando.
with an acting career spanning over 50 years, the prominent American actor is well known for his role in the Godfather trilogy which marked the beginning of his prosperous career after many downfalls in the past. Despite his acting career featuring ups and downs, Brando also carried out works of literature, music and theater.
Among his theater performances included I Remember Mama by John Van Druten in 1944 in Broadway. Theater critics granted him Broadway’s Most Promising Actor for his role in theater play Truckline Cafe in 1946.
Born in 1924, Brando has acted in several movies including his role as a World War II veteran in the Men (1950), a Streetcar Named Desire (1955) that won four academy awards, Viva Zapata! (1952), and The Wild One (1954). He played vicious personalities in all those movies among others, according to Biography.
He appeared in several movies during the same decade where movie exhibitors categorized him as one of the top 10 box-office hits that brought attention to the nation. Despite his successful roles, Brando experienced a rough phase in his acting career starting in 1960 where he failed to deliver in the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty due to his self-centered behavior which was stated to be at its peak during the filming of the movie.
Famous acting techniques that were introduced at the time included method acting which Brando scorned. However, he credited his knowledge to Adler and Elia Kazan who mentored the rising actor at the time, according to IMDB. Adler taught Brando how to emphasize authenticity in acting by showcasing deep emotional experiences and confirming the inner reality of oneself.
Kazan previously mentioned that Brando never applied method acting as he rarely relied on gut instincts for his performances, rather, he employed a combination of sense and memory association where he performed accents which the average American actor could not perform according to Kazan.
Remembered as a remarkable role in the history of cinema, Brando rose to prominence again in 1972 in the Godfather where he portrayed the Mafia boss and received an Oscar for Best Actor that he later declined.
The actor embarked on other roles; however they were less significant. His later works include a Dry White Season (1989) where he received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He also costarred in the Island of Dr. Moreau and starred with Robert De Niro as a jewel thief in the Score (1991).
Brando died in 2004 in a Los Angeles hospital as a result of pulmonary fibrosis at age 80.