Marlon Brando filmography

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The filmography of Marlon Brando:

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1944 I Remember Mama Nels Broadway debut
1946 Truckline Café Sage McRae First collaborations with Elia Kazan and Karl Malden
First major appearance on Broadway
A Flag Is Born David
Candida Eugene Marchbanks
Antigone Messenger
1947 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski
1953 Arms and the Man Sergius Final play

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
1950 The Men Kenneth "Ken" Wilcheck/"Bud" Fred Zinnemann
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Elia Kazan Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1952 Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata Elia Kazan BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
1953 Julius Caesar Mark Antony Joseph L. Mankiewicz BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
The Wild One Johnny Strabler László Benedek
1954 On the Waterfront Terry Malloy Elia Kazan Academy Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Bambi Award for Best International Actor
Désirée Napoleon Bonaparte Henry Koster
1955 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1956 The Teahouse of the August Moon Sakini Daniel Mann Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1957 Sayonara Maj. Lloyd "Ace" Gruver, USAF Joshua Logan David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1958 The Young Lions Lt. Christian Diestl Edward Dmytryk Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
1959 The Fugitive Kind Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier Sidney Lumet
1961 One-Eyed Jacks Rio Marlon Brando Also director
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty 1st Lt. Fletcher Christian Lewis Milestone
1963 The Ugly American Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite George Englund Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1964 Bedtime Story Freddy Benson Ralph Levy
1965 Morituri Robert Crain Bernhard Wicki
1966 The Chase Sheriff Calder Arthur Penn
The Appaloosa Matt Fletcher Sidney J. Furie
1967 A Countess from Hong Kong Ogden Mears Charlie Chaplin
Reflections in a Golden Eye Maj. Weldon Penderton John Huston
1968 Candy Grindl Christian Marquand
The Night of the Following Day Chauffeur Hubert Cornfield
1969 Burn! Sir William Walker Gillo Pontecorvo
1972 The Nightcomers Peter Quint Michael Winner Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Godfather Don Vito Corleone Francis Ford Coppola Academy Award for Best Actor (refused)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Last Tango in Paris Paul Bernardo Bertolucci National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1976 The Missouri Breaks Robert E. Lee Clayton Arthur Penn
1978 Superman Jor-El Richard Donner
1979 Apocalypse Now Colonel Walter E. Kurtz Francis Ford Coppola
1980 The Formula Adam Steiffel, Chairman Titan Oil John G. Avildsen Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1989 A Dry White Season Ian McKenzie Euzhan Palcy Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 The Freshman Carmine Sabatini Andrew Bergman
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Tomás de Torquemada John Glen Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1995 Don Juan DeMarco Dr. Jack Mickler Jeremy Leven
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Dr. Moreau John Frankenheimer Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with "that darn dwarf")
1997 The Brave McCarthy Johnny Depp
1998 Free Money Warden Sven "The Swede" Sorenson Yves Simoneau
2001 The Score Max Frank Oz

Documentaries[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Himself Ely Landau
1978 Raoni Narrator Jean-Pierre Dutilleux
Luiz Carlos Saldanha
1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Himself Various
2015 Listen to Me Marlon Himself Stevan Riley

Posthumous performances[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2006 Superman Returns Jor-El Bryan Singer Made completely from footage from the 1978 Superman film, combined with CGI.
2006 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Jor-El Richard Donner Footage shot during 1977
2015 Listen to Me Marlon Himself Stevan Riley

Film projects turned down or incomplete[edit]

Year Title Role (If taken) Actor(s) Take The Role Director Notes
1952 High Noon Will Kane Gary Cooper Fred Zinnemann
1954 The Egyptian Sinuhe Edmund Purdom Michael Curtiz
1954 Le rouge et le noir (The Red and the Black) Julien Sorel Gérard Philipe Claude Autant-Lara Brando accepted the part, but he walked off production of the film after clashing with French director Claude Autant-Lara.
1956 The Conqueror Genghis Khan John Wayne Dick Powell Brando backed out at the last minute.
1959 Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur Charlton Heston William Wyler
1962 Lawrence of Arabia T. E. Lawrence Peter O’Toole David Lean Brando said that he didn't want to ride camels in the desert for two years.
1965 Doctor Zhivago Victor Ipolitovich Komarovsky Rod Steiger David Lean
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Either Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid Robert Redford George Roy Hill Brando was seriously considered to team with Paul Newman for one of the roles. He declined in order to film Burn!
1969 The Arrangement Eddie Anderson Kirk Douglas Elia Kazan Shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Brando told Kazan he could not star in a run-of-the-mill movie after King's assassination. Instead, he opted for Burn!, which was a pro-revolutionary story about a rebellion of African slaves in the Caribbean.
1970 Ryan's Daughter Major Randolph Doryan Christopher Jones David Lean The role was written for Brando. He accepted, but problems with the production of Burn! forced him to drop out.
1972 Child's Play Joseph Dobbs Robert Preston Sidney Lumet Brando backed out just before principal photography was to begin when he realized James Mason had the better part. Brando subsequently was sued by producer David Merrick for breach of contract.
1974 The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby Robert Redford Jack Clayton Paramount studio brass wanted him to appear as the titular character, but he wanted $4 million, an unheard-of salary at the time.
1974 The Godfather Part II Vito Corleone Francis Ford Coppola Brando was scheduled to make a cameo appearance in the film, in the flashback at the end of the film in which Vito Corleone comes back to his home and is greeted with a surprise birthday party. In fact, he was expected the day of shooting but did not show up due to a salary dispute.
1977 Equus Martin Dysart Richard Burton Sidney Lumet
1980 Superman II Jor-El Richard Lester Marlon Brando finished all his scenes for both two Superman films early into production, successfully sued the Salkinds, producers of the film, for $50 million over grossed profits gained from the first film. In response, the Salkinds cut Brando from the film, replacing his scenes with actress Susannah York. His scenes were restored in the 2006 re-cut of the film, titled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four O'Brien Richard Burton Michael Radford
1986 Salvador Richard Boyle James Woods Oliver Stone
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Preston Tucker Jeff Bridges Francis Ford Coppola The director wanted Brando to appear as Preston Tucker in his biopic of the maverick automotive executive that Coppola planned to make after completing The Godfather Part II. Brando was not interested.
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Vulcan Oliver Reed Terry Gilliam
1990 The Field Bull McCabe Richard Harris Jim Sheridan
1991 Nostromo (incomplete) David Lean Brando was scheduled to appear with co-stars Paul Scofield, Peter O'Toole, Isabella Rossellini, Christopher Lambert, and Dennis Quaid. However, when director David Lean died, the production came to a halt.
1995 Divine Rapture (incomplete) A Priest The project included stars like Johnny Depp, Debra Winger, and John Hurt. Production was never completed due to a lack of financing.
1998 American History X Cameron Alexander Stacy Keach Tony Kaye
1999 Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman Christopher Walken Tim Burton
1999 Magnolia Earl Partridge Jason Robards Paul Thomas Anderson
2001 Scary Movie 2 Father McFeely James Woods Keenen Ivory Wayans Brando had to withdraw when he was hospitalized with pneumonia in April 2001.
2004 Man on Fire Paul Rayburn Christopher Walken Tony Scott Brando was the original choice to play Rayburn, less than a year before he died.
N/A Big Bug Man (incomplete) Mrs. Sour (voice) Bob Bendetson
Peter Shin
Brando recorded for the voice of Mrs. Sour a month before his death on July 1, 2004. He thought it would be fun to voice a girl for this project. Since Brando's death, there has been no update on the film's progress.[1]

Box office ranking[edit]

For a number of years exhibitors voted Brando among the most popular stars in the country:

  • 1954: 10th (US)
  • 1955: 6th (US)
  • 1956: 14th (US)
  • 1957: 14th (US)
  • 1958: 4th (US)
  • 1959: 21st (US)
  • 1961: 21st (US)

Television and other appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1949 Actors Studio Doctor Episode: "I'm No Hero"
1950 Come Out Fighting Jimmy Brand Unsold pilot starring Lee Tracy and J. Edward Bromberg as rival fight managers, with Richard Boone and Brando as the boxers; aired April 18, 1950)[2][3][4][5][6]
1955 Omnibus Stanley Kowalski Episode: "Advice to Bathers"
Segments from A Streetcar Named Desire
1955 MGM Parade Himself Episode #1.9
1955 Person to Person Himself Episode #2.31
1956 Operation Teahouse Himself Short subject
Uncredited
1956 Toast of the Town Himself Episodes #9.21 and #10.11
1957 Cinépanorama Himself Episode dated July 4, 1957
1963 Today Himself Episode dated April 19, 1963
1963 Open End Himself Episode dated April 21, 1963
1963 Kup's Show Himself Episode dated May 4, 1963
1963 The Tonight Show Himself Episode dated May 15, 1963
1963 The Theater of Tomorrow Himself ABC special dated May 19, 1963
1966 Meet Marlon Brando Himself Short subject
1973 The Dick Cavett Show Himself Episode dated June 12, 1973
1977 The Godfather Saga Don Vito Corleone Miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II into one film
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
1979 Roots: The Next Generations George Lincoln Rockwell Episode #1.7
John Erman
1980 The Making of Superman: The Movie Himself
1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung Himself Episode: "Marlon Brando"
1994 Larry King Live Himself
1996 Marlon Brando: The Wild One Himself Uncredited

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Brando's Last Role: An Old Lady". CBS News. July 14, 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Brando, Marlon (1984). Songs My Mother Taught Me. New York: Random House. p. 104. ISBN 0-679-41013-9. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (2009). Sports on Television. Westport, CN: Praeger. p. 12. ISBN 0313351058
  4. ^ Heimer, Mel (July 8, 1969). "Boone Takes Glum Look at TV". The Pottsdown Mercury
  5. ^ Scott, Vernon (March 18, 1980). "TV Pioneer Mourns Loss of Half-Hour Drama". The Montreal Gazette
  6. ^ "Television". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 18, 1950.