Few of our favorite leading men have -- or had -- range and charisma to rival Marlon Brando's. The actor avoided being typecast by stretching his dramatic chops for Roman plays, mafia sagas, anti-war films and Broadway productions. So it should come as no surprise that Brando was a style chameleon as well.

We couldn't help but notice the vast aesthetic ground Brando covered throughout his career. While he got his start in film as a hunky 27-year-old in "A Streetcar Named Desire," late-era Brando looked very, very different. Let's follow his style trajectory alongside that of his career:

Style starts young, as does the ability to impersonate. (Pictured here at age 8.)

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Brando starts out in simple undershirts, best for showcasing his enviable physique. (In "A Streetcar Named Desire," 1950.)

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He taught us that smoking can look really sexy -- aside from all the carcinogens, of course.

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Of course Brando cemented his bad-boy status in ultra-tough leather as a bike gang leader in "The Wild One."

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And he proved that jewelry can be masculine in "Julius Caesar."

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Even Marlon Brando thought old-school underwear was kind of funny.

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He did gritty New York City style for "On The Waterfront."

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Smooth dance moves were always in vogue.

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Brando taught us that even gelled hair needs to be washed every now and then.

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And that tuxes look better when you smolder.

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As Brando aged, he let his hair grow wild.

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Style statements grew bolder, with luxe fabrics and eye catching accessories...

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... and the occasional tracksuit.

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So much for Stanley Kowalski's basic white tees.

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