He finished out the 1970s with his controversial performance as Colonel Kurtz in another Coppola film, Apocalypse Now, a box-office hit for which he was highly paid and which helped finance his career layoff during the 1980s.
Brando was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950.
He developed an ability to absorb the mannerisms of kids he played with and display them dramatically while staying in character.
He was introduced to neighborhood boy Wally Cox and the two were unlikely closest friends until Cox's death in 1973.
After this, he was content with being a highly paid character actor in cameo roles, such as in Superman (1978) and The Formula (1980), before taking a nine-year break from motion pictures.
He was widely credited with bringing realism to film acting.Brando had been held back a year in school and was later expelled from Libertyville High School for riding his motorcycle through the corridors.He was sent to Shattuck Military Academy, where his father had studied before him.She appeared on Broadway, then films and television.Brando's sister Frances left college in California to study art in New York.With that and his Oscar-nominated performance in Last Tango in Paris, Brando re-established himself in the ranks of top box-office stars, placing sixth and tenth in the Money Making Stars poll in 19, respectively.