Marlon Brando (1924-2004)), American actor who achieved stardom at the age of 23 with his powerful portrayal of Stanley Kowalslci in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 3, 1924. A nonconformist even in youth, he withdrew from a Midwestern military academy a few weeks before graduation and went to New York City to study acting.
The Actors Studio and its famous "method" were the main forces that formed his naturalistic acting style. After appearing briefly in summer stock, he made his Broadway debut in I Remember Mama (1944). He appeared subsequently on Broadway in 1946 in Shaw's Candida, opposite Katharine Cornell, then leaped to fame in 1947 in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Brando's first film was The Men (1950). He repeated his celebrated role in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1952) and won the Academy Award for best actor in 1954 for his performance in On the Waterfront.