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Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
Streetcar; Waterfront; Julius Ceasar; Wild One; Zapata - five performances right out of the gate that have no equal! Not even Brando could compete with these early ground breaking roles. Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Paul Newman all stated that he was the best by far. I think he became disillusioned with film making and fame and so withdrew his gift from the art form and walked on in later roles to keep the money coming in. His Godfather role was highly over rated but his presence is what made it work and it was a masterpiece of film making in every aspect. A one off for sure was Brando who was once labeled "The Talent Of Our Time"!
The only actor, who makes me forget who he really is. It was Stanley Kowalski in the Streetcar and not Brando, it was Terry in Waterfront and not Brando, it was Don Corleone in godfather and not Brando, it was Colonel Kurtz in apocalypse now and not Brando. This guy never wears a face, but strips himself naked, so that you may see not the actor or character but your own reflection. With Brando it isn't emotion, it's gestures, subtle, soft and suitable. A flick of eye for anger, a nervous twitch for agitation. Normal. For men express much in the heart. He knew it.
Marlon defined acting... He changed the art of acting for all time, bringing realism and method genius to the screen... From "streetcar" to "waterfront" to "godfather" and "last tango" no one else showed the true range of male acting like marlon... And his best performance ever may have been in the cult classic "burn"... Marlon is among the gods
He is simply awesome.. No words will do favour in his praise... I think every guy will agree with me... He rocks...
Brando should be at the top of this list, end of story. Watch his performance as Vito Corleone as I'm sure everyone else has said, or Apocalypse Now. Or better yet, get high and watch Apocalypse Now, his performance is mesmerizing. He can't have more than 15 minutes of screen time and yet put the movie onto most greatest "..." lists of all time. Unbelievable film on its own and Brando's performance will put you in a trance.
Actors can be considered lucky if they get to mae one classic performance in their lifetime. By my count, Brando has at least four, likely more than that. From the tragic Terry Malloy to the almost omni-present Don Vito Corleone, Brando has been able to command the screen's attention in his career like no other actor, and for that, he deserves immeasurable recognition. - montreal45
Look, there are plenty of great actors out there. Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Leo DiCaprio are all fantastic actors. Even actors who are good and not great such as Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger have their own breath-taking performances in movies like Logan and TDK respectively. But the likes of Maron Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Daniel Day-Lewis, Morgan Freemen and hell, even Tom Hardy are all on a different level. They can make those performances look easy, they can do those performances one after another. And old Marlon is the best of them all.
This another great after Dilip Kumar or equally great can be Brando and nobody else. Dilip kumar has done various roles on screen so different from one another and yet so well accomplished with not a single pin pointing defect. Everybody cannot do what he can do, this Dilip sir is gifted few in the world of acting with not a single phony bone in his body.
Well I'm really surprised we all know that Brando and eligibility is the best actor over the centuries it has all it takes Representative of talent and style and craftsmanship and high potential and has many roles that are not memorable like The Godfather and Superman word legend is the least we can say about this man I really impressed with his style and his way.. - HMRAAD99
This list should be headed by 3 guys, 1.Marlon Brando! I mean The Godfather is untouchable! 2. Al Pacino, did I mention The Godfather is untouchable? Well, it is! 3. Tim Robbins, watch Shawshank Redemption and pay attention to the emotion and conviction portrayed by Tim Robbins, very few people have the ability to make a character that draws on pity, look so empowered!
Should be right behind Day Lewis at #2. Depp, DiCaprio and Hanks or anyone else on this list wouldn't be where they are had Brando not showed up and shattered the acting world and influenced everyone after him, turning everyone into a method actor and leaving behind rehearsal-laden stage acting. The only reason I would put Day Lewis ahead of Brando is because he has done exactly what Brando did to acting, only on a more grand scale and is just need I say better and more immersive.
Marlon Brando changed acting into believability -As much as I loved some of the character actors on your list I wish people were educated on the evolution of acting and how Marlon became the person he was portraying. I guess people haven't seen enough of the older movies. On the women's list where the hell is Vivien Leigh?
What? The people who for the ones on top obviously don't watch enough movies, Marlon Brando is by far THE best actor, watch "Streetcar Named Desire" and you may understand what I am talking about!
Brando played very diverse roles and although not as crazy as Depp or as serious as Hanks, the emotion and passion he brought to his characters is a true marvel. His portrayal of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather is unparalleled to any other actor in any role in the history of cinema.
I had a hard time choosing between Brando and Nicholson, but they are both pretty much the kings of acting. In the end, I chose Brando. The fact that he can put on amazing performances when he's in his 20's and 30's such as 'On the Waterfront' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' and then remain one of the most popular actors 20 to 30 years later thanks to his rolls in movies such as 'Apolalypse Now' and, of course, 'The Godfather' amazes me. - EGBrett
It would have been ridiculus if he was second... and he's third... he is a legend... his acting at the Godfather just says it all... he was living in his every role... it was like watching someone caught on tape in his real life..
No other actor has done as many diverse roles in such memorable fashion. Hell no one is even close to him, from Terry Malloy to Vito Corleone. There are bigger movie stars but no bigger masters of their craft.
How is Johnny depp will smith and tom hanks above Marlon Brando. He is the greatest actor ever I seriously doubt that Leonardo decaprio could play the godfather Don Vito Corleone. The godfather was one of the best movies I've ever seen but it is also the best acting I've ever seen you can't compare anyone to Marlon Brando he is the godfather of acting and the don of Hollywood.
Marlon Brando is one of the greatest actors who ever lived. It's that simple. I fear that most people that vote here have not seen many of his movies. But that doesn't mean he hasn't earned his place in the top 10.
Marlon Brando is one of the greatest actors of all time he put a lot of work into his roles and in some movies it felt real the way he played vito corleone was amazing and kurtz in apocalypse now he played him to perfection.
Every actor has a way to manifest or express a character but Sir Marlon Brando brings the character to life. No other actor can justify Don Vito Corleone the way Sir Marlon Brando does. There are other actors and then we have Sir Marlon Brando
Sharukh is above this legend! Is this a joke.I'm an Indian, and I tell u what sharukh is...He's making nonsense movies guys..Marlon is a great artist...vote for him..Sharukh is not even in top50 actors ever
Humphrey Bogart: I came out here with one suit and everybody said I looked like a bum. Twenty years later Marlon Brando came out with only a sweatshirt and the town drooled over him.
Brando is, was, and always be the most powerful actor in history. just ask the people in business. when he was on screen, he was the only one that absorbed your attention and focus. Truly an actor all that followed would be measured against. Such a tragic life, but thanks for the memories Marlon.
A legend also. Marlon just blows you away with his arsenal of classic movies such as The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and Last Tango in Paris. You have never seen a man with as many great movies as him