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Applying washed-up boxer Terry Malloy’s famous “I coulda been a contendah” speech to Marlon Brando’s acting career would be selling the noted thespian a little short, but “the Greatest Actor of All Time?” That’s a bit of a stretch for a man whose final two performances consisted of voicing an upcoming animated film starring Brendan Fraser and a Godfather-based video game, don’tcha think? (Although that does put him in the same league as Orson Welles—one of whose last credits was as the voice of Unicron, the world-devouring baddie from the Transformers movie.) Still, from his first role as a paraplegic WWII veteran in Fred Zinnemann’s 1950 drama The Men to his last onscreen appearance in Frank Oz’s 2001 caper flick The Score, Brando has left behind a legacy of films (both good and bad), on-set temper tantrums, and general enigmatic behavior—all of which will be discussed during film historian Max Alvarez and George Washington University Theater and Dance Department Chair Leslie Jacobson’s clip-illustrated lecture, Brando: The Greatest Actor of All Time. The program begins at 1 p.m. in the National Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $18. (202) 357-3030. (Matthew Borlik)