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Marlon Brando Jr. was a renown American actor born on April 3rd, 1924 in Omaha, NE. Best known for the role of Don Vito Corleone in ‘The Godfather’, Brando has also been in movies such as ‘On the Waterfront’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his performance in ‘The Godfather’. However, he refused the award, sending Apache descendent Sacheen Littlefeather in his stead. Brando did this because he did not like how Indians in films were always played by white actors and portrayed disrespectfully.
Another of Brando’s infamous roles was of Sky Masterson in ‘Guys and Dolls’, the film production of a beloved Broadway play. I watched this movie and thought it was very well done. I especially enjoyed Brando’s duet with Jean Simmons, ‘A Woman in Love’.
Marlon Brando died in 2004 at the age of 80 from a disease called pulmonary fibrosis.