There are few people in this world that need any introduction. Marlon Brando is without a doubt, one of those rare individuals. An actor so remarkably past his prime in terms of talent, Director Martin Scorsese once clarified "there's pre-Brando actors and after-Brando actors", speaking to the star's insane ability to completely transform into the most stunningly accurate characters onstage or screen. His portrayals were of a caliber never witnessed before his time. Let's be honest, there isn't a soul alive today out of their teens that doesn't know of The Godfather. Arguably one of the greatest films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola knew he was changing the future of filmmaking with a cast of characters so phenomenal it simply couldn't be topped nor touched. Brando as Vito Corleone remains to be the most incredible role ever depicted onscreen, and that was released in the early 70s. The Godfather brought men to their knees in obsessive fandom. Rap stars rhymed about Corleone and hung movie posters in their studios as shrines, actors wept with sheer envy as Brando captivated every scene and directors dreamt of walking a day in Coppola's shoes after its release. The Godfather and sheer brilliance aside, Brando also starred in a number of other memorable, highly celebrated films such as On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Julius Caesar, and Last Tango in Paris to name a few. Throughout his career, the actor received two Academy Awards and a total of eight nominations, three BAFTAs and eight nominations, one Emmy win, two Golden Globes awards and one Best Actor prize for the Cannes Film Festival. Brando was an astonishing work of art and quite the enigma to the world around him as he led a notoriously private life until his final exit at the age of 80 in Westwood, CA.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Brando's screen and stage style appropriately matched his fashion style, as the actor is solely responsible for making the rebellious and simple white t-shirt a popular wardrobe staple, especially for those with a "rebel without a cause" exterior. Built with a husky and athletic physique in his early years, the fitted tee did wonders to his brooding good looks. The actor was no stranger to a good, classic polo shirt either, as he favored monotone hues of darks or whites. An activist for the African American Civil Rights Movement as well as American Indian Movements, Brando moved mountains no matter what course he set out to accomplish and he will forever be remembered as one the ultimate Greats of our time.