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The number of brains found inside Ron Paul's head.
With playing or model; it rhymes with small bread.
A half of the seats of one-seven-two filled.
With character, lead, voice; between screen and guild.
In best-of-three, rounds that one needs for a win.
A breathing gas followed by claw marks on skin.

Who am I?

Hint:

Looking for the name of a fictional character.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does the "best-of-three" refer to the (rot13)orfg zbivr va n gevybtl? $\endgroup$ – Eutherpy Aug 30 '18 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ This one has completely stumped me $\endgroup$ – William Pennanti Aug 30 '18 at 10:16
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I think the answer is

THE GODFATHER or, if you prefer, VITO CORLEONE.

The number of brains found inside Ron Paul's head.

ONE, unless this is a most regrettable intrusion of politics into PSE. Or maybe "brains" here can mean hemispheres, in which case there are twice as many?!

With playing or model; it rhymes with small bread.

ROLE (which rhymes with ROLL).

A half of the seats of one-seven-two filled.

Dunno. Just SIXTY-SIX? I haven't found any super-plausible thing for "one-seven-two" to be a reference to. (Planes, cars, trains, all possible.) [EDITED to add:] Most likely, as suggested by Eutherpy, is that 172 means the Cessna 172 light aircraft, in which case the number would be TWO -- which, see below, is certainly the number we want.

With character, lead, voice; between screen and guild.

ACTOR or perhaps ACTORS.

In best-of-three, rounds that one needs for a win.

TWO.

A breathing gas followed by claw marks on skin.

Notable breathing gases are air, oxygen, nitrox, heliox, hydrox, hydreliox, neox, trimix, heliair. Claw marks on skin: scratches, welts. No combination of these seems much use to me, with or without replacements like nitrox -> NO. [EDITED to add:] Shahriar Mahmud Sajid found what is clearly the right answer, namely O+SCARS -> OSCARS.

Putting these together we get

ONE ROLE TWO ACTORS TWO OSCARS.

Therefore the character is

THE GODFATHER or VITO CORLEONE, for playing whom both Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro won Oscars. Lots of other roles have had multiple Oscar nominations for different actors, but I think this is the only one with two actual Oscar awards.

Credit where it's due:

Shahriar Mahmud Sajid got OSCAR(S), which I consider the trickiest thing here. Eutherpy got two TWOs, one of which I had had independently and the other of which I had multiple options for. Go upvote both of their answers if you like mine.

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    $\begingroup$ The Cessna 172 holds four people, so half of that would be 2. Also, half of 172 would be eighty six, not sixty six $\endgroup$ – Kevin Aug 30 '18 at 12:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom I'm sorry, but I don't think I understand either of your suggestions. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 30 '18 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan - I deleted my comments - but still think there's more intrigue to the number of brains. $\endgroup$ – Tom Aug 30 '18 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ @DarrellHoffman Just needed a two-syllable name. I thought about using rot13[Wnpx Oynpx] or even rot13[Oenaqb], but didn't want to point directly into the correct topic area. (Also, rot13["fbzrbar"] contains the answer directly.) The reason I like RP here is that it doesn't give away anything, and it might even send people in the wrong direction initially since you wouldn't think the obvious answer can be correct when the clue is that specific. $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 31 '18 at 4:46
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    $\begingroup$ @DarrelHoffman plus, you know, clickbait :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 31 '18 at 6:53
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Partial:

A breathing gas followed by claw marks on skin.

this could be Oscar, O for oxygen- breathing gas, scar for claw marks on skin.

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I think the answer might be something related to

two

A half of the seats of one-seven-two filled.

half of four seats in a 172 Cessna

In best-of-three, rounds that one needs for a win.

you need 2 out of 3 in order to win a "best-of-three"

But I don't have anything else :D Working on it!

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I think the answer is:

Vito Corleone

The reasoning is:

1
Role (rhymes with small bread)
2 actors
2 (best 2 out of 3)
Oscars (Oxygen (O) + claw marks (Scars))

There is only one instance I can think of where

two actors each won an Oscar for playing the same character.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! Thank you for your answer, we're glad to have your contribution! As a quick tip, please feel free to check out other answers before posting your own - I believe @Gareth McCaughan has already posted a similar answer for this question. Happy puzzling!! :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 30 '18 at 12:30

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