Marlon Brando, from Omaha, Nebraska (April 23, 1924 - July 1, 2004)
In his teens
Stella Adler, teacher of the Stanislavsky system
1944: I Remember Mama
Young man on Broadway
Tallulah Bankhead dismissed Brando from The Eagle Has Two Heads, 1945...
... but she recommended him to Tennessee Williams
So significant they turned him into a postage stamp
So significant they turned the poster into a postage stamp
Brando and Kim Hunter in Streetcar Named Desire, 1947, directed by Elia Kazan
Brando, Hunter, and Jessica Tandy as Blanch DuBois in the original production of Streetcar
Thomas Hart Benton painting commissioned by David O. Selznick
for his wife Irene, producer of Streetcar Named Desire.
Brando and director Elia Kazan backstage at Streetcar
Publicity still of Brando's preparation for The Men (1950),
Brando's first movie. He spent a month in bed.
Scene from The Men (1950), directed by Fred Zinnemann, featuring
Brando and Patricia Wright
Publicity shot from the film version of Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
featuring Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois
Poster from the film version
The famous "Stella!" scene from Streetcar
The Simpson's all-musical parody of Streetcar.
Viva Zapata in 1952, directed by Elia Kazan and written by John Steinbeck
Brando as Mark Antony, proving he could do more than mumble:
Julius Ceasar (1953), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Brando as the iconic motorcycle rebel Johnny in
The Wild One (1953), directed by László Benedek
Wax museum version of Johnny
Tom of Finland's first leather-man (1954), directly inspired by Johnny in The Wild One.
“That ’Streetcar’ Man has a new Desire!” was the tagline on the movie's poster.
Malcolm Johnson, reporter who exposed dockside corruption in a
series of articles for the New York Sun in 1949. He won the Pulitzer Prize.
The New York Sun's masthead.
The Manhattan docks in the late 40s.
The longshoremen of Manhattan's West Side, victims of the
mob violence and corruption captured in On the Waterfront (1954)