Marlon Brando (April 1924 – July 2004 ) was born in Omaha. His father was a traveling salesman and his mother was an amateur actress at the Omaha playhouse. Despite a troubled youth plagued by domestic abuse and his motherâ€™s alcoholism, Brando showed talent from early on and excelled in theater. After being expelled from two different high schools (once for riding his motor cycle down the school hallways), Brando spent a summer digging ditches before making the move to New York City in 1943. There he began seriously studying acting with Stella Adler and the Actors Studio.
In 1947 Brandoâ€™s young career was rocketed to new heights when he was cast as Stanley Kowalski in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williamsâ€™ new play, A Streetcar Named Desire. He quickly made the transition to Hollywood, reviving the role of Stanley a few years later in the screen adaptation of Streetcar, a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Brando followed with a string of critical and commercial successes, earning a Best Actor nod for his performance in Julius Caesar and a win for On The Waterfront. His career slowed in the 1960s before resurging in 1972 with his Oscar-winning turn as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.