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Marlon Brando on TV: How His Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:32 PM

Known widely as one of the most influential movies actor of all times who starred in some mega-hit films, the late Marlon Brando also appeared in some television roles throughout his long acting career, although many of these acting roles didn’t garner nearly as much attention as his movie roles.

He starred in a movie made for television, appeared in a few television miniseries, and was seen on television when "The Godfather" was edited for TV.

1. "Come Out Fighting"

Marlon Brando played Jimmy Brand, a boxer, in the unsold pilot of the 1950 made-for-TV movie, "Come Out Fighting."

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2. "Actor’s Studio
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In 1949, Brando played a doctor operating on a wounded gangster at gunpoint in Episode 16 of the dramatic anthology series "Actor’s Studio" called "I’m No Hero."

3. "Omnibus"

Brando was featured in one episode of "Omnibus" in 1955 where he reprised his character Stanley Kowalski from "A Streetcar Named Desire" in an episode titled "Advice for Bathers."

4. "The Godfather: A Novel for Television"

In 1977, Marlon Brando was on TV again in an edited version of his mega-hit film "The Godfather." The first two Godfather films were edited together with new footage added.

Brando returned to his character, mafia patriarch Don Vito Corleone, and appeared in four episodes of this miniseries.

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The films were restructured and self-censored for the unified TV version but they also offered some additional scenes and alternative footage. However, the miniseries does not include any new scenes from the actor.

5. "Roots: The Next Generation"

In 1979, Brando sought out a small role in the TV miniseries "Roots: The Next Generation."

Brando was cast as American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell, and he won an Emmy for his memorable performance.

He was among many well-known and well-regarded big actors cast in the miniseries. Other stars included Olivia de Havilland, Andy Griffith, James Earl Jones, Henry Fonda, and Debbie Allen.

The series was a dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line from post-Civil War America.



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Known widely as one of the most influential movies actor of all times who starred in some mega-hit films, the late Marlon Brando also appeared in some television roles throughout his long acting career, although many of these acting roles didn’t garner nearly as much attention as his movie roles.
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