How Marlon Brando joined the cast of The Godfather

Marlon Brando directed and starred in the cult western film One-Eyed Jacks which was released in 1961, after which he delivered a series of box-office failures beginning with 1962 film adaptation of Mutiny on the Bounty. The 1960s proved to be a fallow decade for Brando, and after 10 years in which he did not appear in a commercially successful film, he won his second Academy Award for playing Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, a role critics consider among his greatest. The film, which became the most commercially successful film of all time when it was released—along with his Oscar-nominated performance as Paul in Last Tango in Paris—revitalized Brando’s career and re-established him in the ranks of top box-office stars, placing him at number 6 and number 10 in Top 10 Money Making Stars poll in 1972 and 1973, respectively.