After his Broadway breakthrough in the 1946 play Truckline Cafe, Marlon Brando would later gain triumph for his astonishing performance in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947. By 1949, Brando, 25 years old, was ready to leave the Broadway stage behind to answer the call of Hollywood. Following his movie debut as a paraplegic veteran in The Men (1950), Brando would receive numerous acclaims and accolades for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), The Wild One (1953), On the Waterfront (for which he won his first Oscar, 1954) and Sayonara (1957). Let’s take a look back at a young, charismatic and ridiculously handsome Marlon Brando during the 1940s and 1950s:
April 1946. Marlon Brando wearing a large double-breasted overcoat. Photo by Cecil Beaton for Vogue.
August 1946. Photo by Cecil Beaton for Vogue.
1947. Young Marlon Brando lighting a cigarette. Photo by Bettmann.
February 1948. Marlon Brando wearing a sweater and button down shirt, leaning on his elbows. Photo by Serge Balkin.
1948. Marlon Brando playing recorder. Photo by Lisa Larsen for LIFE.