Moved to Libertyville, Illinois
Worked as an elevator operator at Best & Company in New York for one week
Acted in little scenes to illustrate Dramatic Workshop teacher John Gassner's lectures
Debut stage performance in the dual roles of a school teacher and a dark angel in Erwin Piscator's production of Gerhardt Hauptman's "Hannele's Way to Heaven"
Appeared with a troupe of Dramatic Workshop students in summer stock in Sayville, New York
Broadway acting debut in "I Remember Mama"
Played a psychologically maimed war veteran in the short-lived Broadway drama, "Truckline Cafe"; first brought to the attention of Elia Kazan who produced the play
Performed in the Broadway production of "Candida" opposite Katharine Cornell
Played a heroic freedom fighter for the state of Israel in Ben Hecht's play, "A Flag is Born"
First leading role on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; offered star-making turn as Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois
TV debut in the "I'm No Hero" segment of ABC's "Actors Studio"
First screen test for a film titled "Rebel Without a Cause" (not the same as the James Dean film)
Film acting debut, playing a paraplegic war veteran in "The Men"
Reprised stage role of Stanley in film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; received first of four consecutive Best Actor Academy Award nominations; was only one of the four nominated principals (Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden) not to win an Oscar
Earned second Best Actor Oscar nod in the title role of "Viva Zapata!"
After clashing with French director Claude Autant-Lara, walked off production of "The Red and the Black"
Offered impressive turn as Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar"; earned third Academy Award nomination
Made last stage appearance in a summer stock tour of "Arms and the Man"
Delivered generationally signature performance as the motorcycle-riding rebel in "The Wild One"
Won Best Actor Oscar for performance as washed-up fighter Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront"
Portrayed gambler Sky Masterson in the movie version of the hit musical "Guys and Dolls"
Played an Okinawan in the feature version of the Broadway play "The Teahouse of the August Moon"
Portrayed a Korean war pilot who falls in love with a Japanese entertainer in "Sayonara"; earned fifth Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Formed Pennebaker Productions (named after his mother's maiden name) to produce films that would "explore the themes current in the world today"
Headlined the film version of Tennessee Williams' play "Orpheus Descending"; later renamed "The Fugitive Kind"
Feature directorial debut, "One-Eyed Jacks"; took over direction from Stanley Kubrick; also producing debut and had a starring role
Headlined the expensive remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" playing Fletcher Christian
Sold Pennebaker Productions to Universal for a reported $1 million in exchange for a certain number of films to be made for Universal on a non-exclusive basis
Participated in the Selma, Alabama and the Washington DC civil rights marches
Was subject of the documentary, "Meet Marlon Brando"; filmed by the Maysles brothers
Directed by Charlie Chaplin in the misfire "The Countess From Hong Kong"
Acted in the then-controversial film "Candy"
Received second Academy Award playing the title role of "The Godfather"; co-written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Garnered seventh Best Actor Oscar nomination for Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually-themed drama "Last Tango in Paris"
Delivered an eccentric turn opposite Jack Nicholson in the oddball Western "The Missouri Breaks"
Portrayed Superman's father Jor-El in "Superman: The Movie"; earned a reported salary of $3.7 million and over 11 percent of the gross for a cameo role that was shot over four days
Re-teamed with Coppola to play the madman Kurtz in the Vietnam-themed drama "Apocalypse Now"
Won an Emmy Award for a rare TV appearance as George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party in "Roots: The Next Generations"
Last feature for almost a decade, the formulaic thriller "The Formula"
Resumed film acting and picked up eighth career Academy Award nomination as a British attorney in the anti-apartheid drama "A Dry White Season"; earned a salary in excess of $3 million which he reportedly donated to anti-apartheid charities
Spoofed his Oscar-winning turn as gangster Don Vito Corleone in the comedy "The Freshman"
Had cameo as Torquemada in the historical drama "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery"
Published memoirs, <i>Songs My Mother Taught Me</i>
Portrayed a psychiatrist treating a man who thinks he is the great lover in "Don Juan DeMarco"; co-starred Johnny Depp
Delivered perhaps the most eccentric turn of his career as the titular scientist in "The Island of Dr. Moreau"
Had small role in Johnny Depp's directorial debut, "The Brave"
Co-starred with Charlie Sheen in the comedy thriller "Free Money"; aired on Starz! before being released on video
Acted in "The Score" alongside Robert De Niro and Edward Norton
Agreed to appear (for a reported $2-3 million salary) in a cameo turn as a priest performing an exorcism in "Scary Movie 2"; forced to drop out due to ill health
Starred as himself in the documentary, "Brando and Brando"
Collaborated with film director Donald Cammell in 1979 on a China Seas pirate story, later published into the novel <i>Fan-Tan</i>