Karl Malden

Biography

Karl Malden (born on March 22, 1912) is an Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actor of Serbian origin, known for his expansive manner. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he was featured in classic films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks, with Marlon Brando, and also starred in the blockbuster movie, Patton. Among other notable film roles are Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll and Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won both starring Carroll Baker. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco. His life in his hometown came to an end as he traveled to New York City, and found some more appropriate plays for the city. He first appeared as an actor on Broadway in 1937, then did some radio work, before becoming a movie character actor in 1940, where his first film was They Knew What They Wanted (1940). He also attended the Group Theatre where he began acting in many plays and was introduced to a young Elia Kazan, who would soon work with him on A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954). His acting career was interrupted by World War II and Malden served as a noncommissioned officer in the US 8th Air Force. While in the war, he was given a small role in the U.S. Army Air Forces play and film Winged Victory. After the war in 1945, he resumed his acting career, receiving yet another small supporting role in the play, Truckline Cafe, with a young, unknown actor, Marlon Brando. He also guest-starred in both The Ford Theatre and The Armstrong Circle Theatre. Jobs were getting harder to find for him as he was in his mid-30s and was about to give up. He received a co-starring role in the play, All My Sons with the help of director, Elia Kazan. With that success, he then crossed over into movies. Malden resumed his film acting career in the 1950s, starting with The Gunfighter (1950), which was followed by Halls of Montezuma (1950). The following year, he starred in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), where he played Mitch, Stanley Kowalski's best friend who starts a romance with Blanche DuBois (Vivian Leigh). For this role, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. When he attended the awards ceremony for this film, he rented a tuxedo. At the ceremony, he sat behind Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, and when his name was announced as the winner, he gave his rented suit jacket to Bogart for him to look after. Later, backstage, he sought Bogart for his jacket, but when he couldn't find it he asked Bogart where it had gone. Bogart replied: "Forget about the jacket, kid. You've just won an Oscar!" He later found his jacket and returned it to the store the following day. Other films during this period included On the Waterfront (1954), where he played a priest who influenced Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) to testify against mobster-union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). In Baby Doll (1956), he played a power-hungry sexual man who had been frustrated by a teenage wife. Before and after he arrived in Hollywood, he starred in dozens of films of the late 1950s to the early 1970s, such as Fear Strikes Out (1957), Pollyanna (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Gypsy (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), and Patton (1970), playing General Omar Bradley. After his last film, Summertime Killer (1972), he appeared in the made-for-television film The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro (1989) (as Leon Klinghoffer). Malden has been married to Mona Greenberg since December 18, 1938. Their marriage is one of the longest in Hollywood history. In 1976, his father, Petar Sekulovich, died. To honour the memory of his father, Malden had a role in Twilight Time six years later. It was a private film, not seen by many. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Birth Name

Mladen George Sekulovich

Birth Place

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Date

3/22/1912

Death Date

7/1/2009
Known For
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Patton

General Omar N. Bradley

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On the Waterfront

Father Barry

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The Cincinnati Kid

Shooter

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One-Eyed Jacks

Sheriff Dad Longworth

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Birdman of Alcatraz

Harvey Shoemaker

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Nevada Smith

Tom Fitch

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Baby Doll

Archie Lee Meighan

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Pollyanna

Reverend Ford

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Billion Dollar Brain

Leo Newbigen

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Gypsy

Herbie Sommers

Starring In
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Broadway - The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Himself

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They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping

Ed Ray

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Himself / Host

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The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro

Leon Klinghoffer

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Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge

Self

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Nuts

Arthur Kirk

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Alice in Wonderland

The Walrus

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Dario Argento's World Of Horror

Himself

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The Sting II

Gus Macalinski

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Meteor

Harry Sherwood

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Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

Wilbur Hubbard

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Captains Courageous

Disko Troop

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Summertime Killer

Captain John Kiley

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The Cat O' Nine Tails

Franco Arno

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Wild Rovers

Walter Buckman

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Patton

General Omar N. Bradley

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Hot Millions

Carlton J. Klemper

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Billion Dollar Brain

Leo Newbigen

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Judge Higgins

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Hotel

Keycase Milne

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Murderers' Row

Julian Wall

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Nevada Smith

Tom Fitch

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The Cincinnati Kid

Shooter

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Dead Ringer

Sergeant Jim Hobbson

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Cheyenne Autumn

Capt. Wessels

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Flieg mit mir ins Glück

Walter Lucas

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How the West Was Won

Zebulon Prescott

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Gypsy

Herbie Sommers

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Birdman of Alcatraz

Harvey Shoemaker

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All Fall Down

Ralph Willart

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One-Eyed Jacks

Sheriff Dad Longworth

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Parrish

Judd Raike

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Ein charmanter Hochstapler

Father Devlin

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Pollyanna

Reverend Ford

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The Hanging Tree

Frenchy Plante

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The Jimmy Piersall Story

John Piersall

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Bombers B-52

Master Sergeant Chuck V. Brennan, Line Chief

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Time Limit

Prisoner (uncredited)

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Baby Doll

Archie Lee Meighan

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On the Waterfront

Father Barry

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I Confess

Inspector Larrue

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Take the High Ground!

Sgt. Laverne Holt

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The Sellout

Capt. Buck Maxwell

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Ruby Gentry

Jim Gentry

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Diplomatic Courier

Sgt. Ernie Guelvada

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Operation Secret

Maj. Latrec

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Mitch

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Lt. Thomas

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Halls of Montezuma

Doc

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The Gunfighter

Mac

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Kiss of Death

Sgt. William Cullen

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13 Rue Madeleine

Jump Master (uncredited)

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Boomerang!

Det. Lt. White (uncredited)

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Sabian lo que Querían

Red

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Charlie Chan at the Opera

Hospital Attendant (uncredited)

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