Oscar Actors: Brando, Marlon–On the Waterfront

Luck, Fate, Circumstances:

Marlon Brando’s role in On the Waterfront, as the none-too-bright fortmer prizefighter Terry Malloy (“I coulda been a contender”), was first offered to Frank Sinatra, on the strength of his 1953 Supporting actor Oscar in Zinnemann’s drama, From Here To Eternity.

However, when director Lia Kazan learned that Brando was available, he broke his promise to Sinatra and instead cast Brando.

As is well known, Brando received the first of his two Best Actor Oscars for this performance.