Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando are the only actors to win an Academy Award for playing the same role. The role was Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, in which Brando won for playing the elderly mob boss, and De Niro won in The Godfather Part II playing the young, up and coming Italian mob leader.
“TOM HAGEN: It would be like trying to kill the president; there’s no way we can get to him. MICHAEL CORLEONE: Tom, you know you surprise me. If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.”
-Francis Ford Coppola + Mario Puzo (The Godfather Part II)