“What if a sense of humour is like hair - something a lot of man lose as they get older?”
“Wars, conflict, it’s all business. "One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero". Numbers sanctify.”
April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977]
“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…”
“A filmmaker can never be distant from his roots.”
“I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.”
“I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.”
April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)
“An actor’s a guy, who if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening”
Marlon Brando - April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004
Happy Birthday, Marlon Brando.
The year was 1949, and 25-year-old Marlon Brando — “the brilliant brat,” as LIFE magazine called him following his astonishing work on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire — had finally answered the call of Hollywood. He was preparing to film his movie debut in The Men, the wrenching story of a World War II vet coping with rage and insecurity after he’s paralyzed in combat. And while it’s true that L.A. was used to next-big-thing newcomers, it was (and still is) exceedingly rare to chronicle the earliest days in the career of a movie actor of Brando’s intensity, eccentricities and electrifying talent.
LIFE photographer Ed Clark captured Brando’s explosive arrival in the California, not only trailing the actor as he delved deep into “The Method” — taking to a wheelchair and leg braces to live among paraplegics at a VA hospital in Van Nuys — but also glimpsing more personal sides of Brando, the very private man.
See the photos here.
(Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)