4. Stanley Kowalski

Actor Marlon Brando beat out John Garfield and Burt Lancaster to play the brutish Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Brando won the part by visiting Williams' home in Provincetown, Mass., in 1947 and performing three virtuoso acts: reading the script well, repairing Williams' overflowing toilet, and fixing a blown fuse that had forced the playwright to read by candlelight. Associated Press
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