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Also Known As: Mladen George Sekulovich, Cpl. Karl Malden Died: July 1, 2009
Born: March 22, 1912 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, director, milkman, ditch digger, steelworker

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A forceful and dynamic star of stage, film and television for over six decades, Karl Malden was an Academy Award-winning actor who found fame in the 1950s and 1960s in a wide variety of character roles and the occasional lead. An exceptionally versatile performer, he could play all points on the moral compass with unwavering verisimilitude. Audiences believed him as both the lovelorn Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) and the forthright Father Barry in "On the Waterfront" (1954) and as the lustful husband of a teenage bride in "Baby Doll" (1956) or as the tongue-in-cheek super-villain Julian Wells in "Murderers' Row" (1966). He shifted his attention to television in the 1970s and scored a sizable hit with "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77) while lending his credibility to countless commercials for American Express. Well-respected by his peers in the industry, he also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1993.

A forceful and dynamic star of stage, film and television for over six decades, Karl Malden was an Academy Award-winning actor who found fame in the 1950s and 1960s in a wide variety of character roles and the occasional lead. An exceptionally versatile performer, he could play all points on the moral compass with unwavering verisimilitude. Audiences believed him as both the lovelorn Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) and the forthright Father Barry in "On the Waterfront" (1954) and as the lustful husband of a teenage bride in "Baby Doll" (1956) or as the tongue-in-cheek super-villain Julian Wells in "Murderers' Row" (1966). He shifted his attention to television in the 1970s and scored a sizable hit with "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77) while lending his credibility to countless commercials for American Express. Well-respected by his peers in the industry, he also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1993.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Hanging Tree (1959) Director
2.
  Time Limit (1957) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Vanished Without a Trace (1993) Ed Ray
3.
 Back to the Streets of San Francisco (1992) Captain Mike Stone
4.
 Absolute Strangers (1991) Fred Zusselman
5.
 Call Me Anna (1990) Dr Harold Arlen
6.
 Hijacking Of The Achille Lauro (1989) Leon Klinghoffer
7.
 My Father, My Son (1988) Admiral Elmo R Zumwalt Jr
8.
 Nuts (1987) Arthur Kirk
9.
 Billy Galvin (1986) Jack Galvin
10.
 With Intent to Kill (1984) Tom Nolen
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Raised in Gary, Indiana
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After graduating high school, worked in steel mills for three years before attending drama school in Chicago
1937:
Moved to NYC
1937:
Stage debut in "Golden Boy"
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Worked frequently on radio dramas
1938:
Appeared on Broadway in "How to Get Tough About It" and "Missouri Legend"
1940:
Film debut, "They Knew What They Wanted"
1943:
Was a member of the ensemble of "Winged Victory," produced on Broadway; reprised role in film adaptation
1947:
Breakthrough stage role in original cast of Arthur Miller's drama, "All My Sons," directed by Elia Kazan
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Co-starred as Mitch, the man who courts Blanche DuBois, in Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," staged by Kazan
1949:
Early TV credits include "Little Women" (CBS)
1951:
Reprised role of Mitch in the Kazan-directed feature version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; won Supporting Actor Oscar
1951:
Acted on stage in "Peer Gynt"
1953:
Co-starred in the thriller, "I Confess," helmed by Alfred Hitchcock
1954:
Earned second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the dockside priest in Kazan's "On the Waterfront"
1955:
Returned to Broadway in "Desperate Hours"
1956:
Reunited with Kazan and Tennessee Williams for the feature film "Baby Doll"
1957:
Made last stage appearance to date in "The Egghead"
1957:
Directed feature, "Time Limit"
1957:
Cast as baseball player Jimmy Piersall's father in the biopic, "Fear Strikes Out"
1960:
Co-starred in the Disney feature, "Pollyanna"
1961:
Acted in Marlon Brando's directorial debut, "One-Eyed Jacks"
1962:
Had banner year with four strong performances: as Warren Beatty's father in the drama "All Fall Down"; the prison warden in "Birdman of Alcatraz"; the patriarch of a pioneer family in "How the West Was Won"; and as the suitor to Madame Rose in "Gypsy"
1965:
Co-starred in "The Cincinnati Kid"
1967:
Acted opposite Michael Caine (as Harry Palmer) in the Ken Russell-directed "Billion Dollar Brain"
1970:
Portrayed General Omar Bradley to George C. Scott's "Patton"
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Starred as Lieutenant Mike Stone on the ABC crime drama, "The Streets of San Francisco"; garnered four consecutive Emmy nominations as Lead Actor in a Drama Series from 1974 to 1977
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Served as spokesman for American Express in memorable series of commercials, spouting tagline "Don't leave home without it"
1977:
Starred in the small screen remake of "Captains Courageous" (ABC)
1979:
Had featured roles in two disaster-themed features, "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" and "Meteor"
1980:
Starred in short-lived series "Skag" (NBC)
1981:
Portrayed US Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the ABC movie, "Miracle on Ice"
1984:
Offered memorable, Emmy-winning turn as a man who slowly comes to suspect his daughter was murdered by her husband in the based-on-fact NBC miniseries, "Fatal Vision"
1985:
Appeared as the Walrus in an all-star CBS version of "Alice in Wonderland"
1987:
Hosted and narrated a pair of NBC specials, "Unsolved Mysteries"
1987:
Made last feature film appearance in courtroom drama, "Nuts"
1988:
Cast as Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., whose decision to authorize the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam has repercussions on his family in the fact-based CBS drama, "My Father, My Son"
1989:
Portrayed wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer who was murdered by terrorists in "The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro" (NBC)
1990:
Co-starred in the ABC movie "Call Me Anna," based on actress Patty Duke's autobiography
1992:
Reprised his signature TV role of policeman Mike Stone in "Back to the Streets of San Francisco" (NBC)
1993:
Portrayed a bus driver who fought to save himself and a group of school children who were kidnapped and buried alive in the true story "They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping Story" (ABC)
2000:
Made guest appearance as a priest on NBC's acclaimed "The West Wing"
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Education

Emerson Grammar School: Gary , Indiana -
The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1933 - 1936

Notes

Malden was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University in spring 2001.

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wife:
Mona Graham. Actor. Married in 1938.

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father:
Petar Sekulovich. Actor, steel mill worker, milk deliverer. Yugoslavian immigrant; was an actor in Serbia before moving to the US where he worked in a steel mill and then delivered milk in Gary, IN.
mother:
Minnie Sekulovich. Actor. Of Czech ancestry.
daughter:
Mila Malden.
daughter:
Carla Malden. Writer. Co-wrote father's memoirs.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"When Do I Start?: A Memoir" Simon & Schuster

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