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July 03, 2004

Film godfather Brando dies of lung failure

Marlon Brando, an acting icon whose Method style and brooding manner revolutionized film acting in the 1950s, has died. He was 80. Brando, who galvanized both audiences and critics with his breakthrough performances in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire" and 1954's "On the Waterfront" and later experienced a midlife career revival as the Mafia patriarch Don Vito Corleone in 1972's "The Godfather," died of lung failure Thursday night at UCLA Medical Center, according to Roxanne Moster, a spokeswoman for the hospital. For all the plaudits he earned -- including two Oscars and eight Academy Award nominations -- the actor's life and late career were a tempest of personal turmoil and, in the eyes of many, a disappointing squandering of talent. Still, in his late 40s he more than redeemed himself with two of his most mesmerizing portrayals: His performance as Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," for which he won his second Oscar, represented, among other things, a passing of the generational torch with Brando sharing scenes with such actors as Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan.

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Another great has passed away. :sad:

Now my favourite actor and actress ever (Marlon Brando & Vivien Leigh) are both gone. :sad:
 

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