https://flic.kr/p/ELwkRf | Marlon Brando | Italian postcard by B.F.F. Edit., no. 2980. Photo: Columbia / C.E.I.A.D. American film star Marlon Brando (1924-2004) was one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. A cultural icon, Brando is most famous for his Oscar-winning performances as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954) and Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972).