Oscar Impact: Brando

Marlon Brando was paid $40,000 for his first film, Zinnemann's “The Men” (1950), and $75,000 for his second, Kazan's “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Brando's Oscar-nominated role for that movie brought his salary up to $100,000 for his third picture, Kazan's “Viva Zapata.”

In 1960, six years after his first Oscar for Kazan's “On the Waterfront,” Brando was earning $1 million per picture. And after his second Best Actor Oscar for Coppola's “The Godfather,” Brando's paycheck rose again. For the Western “The Missouri Breaks,” which turned out to be a flop, Brando was paid $1.5 million plus a percentage of the profits.