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Karl Malden
1912 - 2009

Beaks here...

You can't do ninety-seven years much better than Karl Malden. Born Mladen George Sekulovich on March 22, 1912 in Gary, Indiana, Malden (he Anglicized his name for obvious reasons, but still felt guilty for it) got his start as an actor with the legendary Group Theater in the 1930s, and appeared in the some of the most influential productions of the first half of the twentieth century. Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan and Stella Adler were his contemporaries. He played Vivien Leigh's love interest in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (after originating the role in the original 1947 Broadway production). I think we can safely say Karl Malden made the best of his time on this planet. Though Malden won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Mitch in STREETCAR, the greatness of his understated performance is often overshadowed by Marlon Brando's jarring, animalistic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski. And while Brando is certainly deserving of every ounce of praise he continues to receive, Malden's quiet, halting courtship of Blanche DuBois in the below scene may be my favorite thing in the movie.
And then the guy turns out to be a complete asshole. If you're looking for a definitive Malden moment, you'll do no better than his browbeating of frightened dockworkers in ON THE WATERFRONT. Nothing understated about this:
Twenty years later, he was co-starring with Michael Douglas in THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO:
And then there was his late-career work as the voice of American Express:
If this clip is all Malden means to you, then be sure to tune into TCM's tribute on July 10th, when they'll air three of his best: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT and BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ. You should also check out BABY DOLL, ONE-EYED JACKS, THE CINCINNATI KID and PATTON.

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  • July 1, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • July 1, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    They're dropping like flies!

    by mondoz2

    If I were Patrick Swayze, I'd be sweating bullets right now...

  • July 1, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Celebrity grim reaper is having a field day.

    by Orbots Commander

    RIP Karl Malden, one of the greats. <p> Wasn't Malden also in 12 ANGRY MEN?

  • July 1, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by DennisMM

    Sleep well, Mr. Malden.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    A True Loss

    by Drunken Irishman

    An Actor's Actor. He'll be missed.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Mollie Sugden also passed away today

    by KnightShift

    She was Mrs. Slocombe on ARE YOU BEING SERVED? throughout its long run on the BBC (now on public TV stations throughout America). She ALWAYS brought down the house whenever she talked about "my pussy".<p>Once again, we're all too quickly losing our legends.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I knew this year would be an odd one

    by ActionBastard

    hopefully his nose can carry on without him

  • July 1, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Sacredfun

    McMahon-Fawcett-Jackson... and now Mays-Malden-and... are we do for another third to keep the "they always happen in threes" thing running?

  • July 1, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    R.I.P., Detective Lt. Mike Stone


    Not to mention the Reverend Paul Brown in Pollyanna. He was great in that film.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Was taken too soon.

    by TheMcflyFarm

  • July 1, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Another icon is gone

    by Heckles

    All of these celebs passing has kind of numbed me to it. Sick as it sounds, can't help but think who's next.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Big deal. Actors and celebrities die everyday.

    by ricarleite2

    Everyday, in the world, one in 44 thousand people die. There are more than 44 thousand actors, actresses, singers, or artists.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    He was in METEOR.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    97 Years Young!


    A tragedy. As far as happening in threes, you should pair McMahon-Mays-Malden, as those are 3 'M' Names. Now 3 'J' names and 'F' names, and the apocalypse will be nigh.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    My best friend died of cancer this afternoon. Too many terrible deaths this week. I'm losing it.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Wheres the fuckin article for MOLLY SUGDEN?

    by Mysterious_Volvo


  • July 1, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Streets of SF was filmed in Bolton

    by aclockworkkebab

    little known fact it was something to do with the tax breaks apparently

  • July 1, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Karl Malden Was Awesome in Meteor


    He was in a zillion movies. Great in all of them. But Google 'pollyanna sermon' or search for it on YouTube. Love that sermon: "Death Comes Unexpectedly!"

  • July 1, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Baby Doll!

    by Alfred_Packer

    Eli Wallach eating chicken and drinking lemonade out of the pitcher while riding the hobby horse is one of my favorite moments in cinema.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Mollie Sugden? Nothing Against Mollie . . .


    But if she gets a TalkBack, and still no mention of McMahon, I'll start posting bits of McMahon's bio all through the Sugden post.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    6 months of the year left the reapers not finished

    by aclockworkkebab

    lots of legends and non entities getting nervous right about now, Loved karl Malden, but my gran was huge fan, v upset she is, you cant buy a face like that.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    The West Wing

    by Kefrif

    He was excellent a few years back as Jed Bartlett's priest in the West Wing episode "Take This Sabbath Day" - all about POTUS ordering the execution of a criminal. He will indeed be missed, and DAMN he lasted well!!

  • July 1, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by YackBacker

    I'm sorry for your loss. Hang in there, that's what your friend would want you to do.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    My favorite Malden role was probably Gen. Bradley

    by YackBacker

    It wasn't a complex role, Coppola wrote Gen. Omar Bradley as a pragmatic foil for the insane Gen. Patton, but Malden was both easygoing and authoritative- he was always credible as a military leader in that role. PATTON gets better each time I watch it, and I'm not a war buff or anything like that- as a movie it just works on all levels. And Malden is a huge part of that success. RIP.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. to Streetcar's Gentleman Caller

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Geez, 2009's Summer of Death claims another...

  • July 1, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    my mom dated him a while back...

    by no-no

    ... before my dad. When I was a kid, I was frightened at the possibility he could have been my father. That's my little Karl Malden story.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    he was still alive?

    by WardE

  • July 1, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    adios, Selukovich.

    by ironic_name

  • July 1, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    fuck off merrick

    by WardE

    banning cunthair

  • July 1, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    I too am sorry for your loss. We should all keep in mind celebrities don't die. People die. And they die from the same things we all do: natural causes, old age, accidents, or our own excesses. When we mourn for celebrities we are really mourning the loss of our own past, but when we mourn for a close friend we are mourning for a life.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Coulda sworn he died in '92

    by MetalMickey

    When Eli Wallach goes, I'm gonna fuckin' lose it.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    "Never leave home without taking a bite outta crime."

    by ebonic_plague

    RIP Karl Malden. At first I read the headline wrong, and thought Karl Malone had died. But at least Malden lived a long, full life. Did he actually do the voice for McGruff, or was that just a good approximation of his voice? I never knew. <p> And I'm glad to see that this obit hasn't yet been polluted by the usual talkbackers who only want to condescendingly chastise everyone for having the gall to actually want to pay their respects to the deceased.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Dear Karl, Movielovers will miss your nose

    by axel fff

    you were a great character actor, too.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Anybody Have Him in a Dead Pool?


    I wouldn't even have thought of him. But he was hanging in there. Almost made it to 100. Close, but no cigar.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    dont fucking say Eli Wallach!

    by WardE

    One of my favorite actors. TUCO IS IMMORTAL

  • July 1, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    also really like his little West Wing appearance

    by Basehead

    that was a great subtle performance. RIP my man

  • July 1, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    bum... bum... bum...

    by HB_Dad

    ...another one bites the dust! :-(

  • July 1, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by ClarenceBeaks

    Sorry about your loss.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    One-Eyed Jacks

    by Continentalop

    My favorite Malden performance. <p> Least favorite: Nuts. What the hell was he and Leslie Nielsen doing in that movie? (And Nielsen might very well be the next one).

  • July 1, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    speaking of eli wallach

    by aclockworkkebab

    the good the bad and the ugly is on british tv as we speak about half way through, the man is honest to goodness genius

  • July 1, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Not to be unkind...

    by Raymar

    But I just assumed he had died in the 70s or something.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Malden was one of the greats.

    by ClarenceBeaks

    Other actors and actresses could learn quite a bit from his work. Sorry to hear about this. One real talent.<p>RIP

  • July 1, 2009, 5 p.m. CST



    I'm surprised no one mentioned his involvement in Seinfeld. He was great. RIP

  • July 1, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Boys this guy was a great actor.

    by Sal_Bando

    Thanks for those clips too-Good stuff all the way around. Lee J Cobb was a beast wasn't he? Quite a great movie that one. <p> And Streets of San Francisco-another one of those Numerous Cannon/Kojak/Baretta cop flicks of the mid-70's. Don't think I've ever really watched it save here and there. Sam Jaffe? very cool.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Oh no shit-Mrs Slocumbe?

    by Sal_Bando

    A month or so after Missus Brahms went! Dang! the reaper SUX. Walter Cronkite's next.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Still no Ed McMahon Talkback!

    by DrunkenBusboy

    Come on guys! Make it right! Bring peace to the Universe and create a Ed McMahon Talkback! The man deserves one! Oh Yeah! R.I.P. Mr. Malden!

  • July 1, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by sokitome

    He was fucking fantastic in On the Waterfront...RIP

  • July 1, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I think I'll roll Cincinnati Kid tonight..

    by Alfred_Packer

    Good 'ol Shooter, and Ann-Margaret looking totally scrumptious. Woof! (Spoiler: I still think he caves way too easily to the blackmailer guy) Edward G is great in that too, but if'n I see him onscreen, then I'll have go and put Key Largo in next.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Huh, thought he died years ago.

    by Zardozap2005

  • July 1, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIE VIGODA will outlive you ALL!!!

    by Zardozap2005

    You know it.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Also Today Harve Presnell died

    by Jinxo

    Old time movie guy, most known to younger folks today as William H. Macey's father-in-law in Fargo, the old man he's trying to get money out of.<br><br> At this point I think it might be simpler to keep track of what celebrities are still alive.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Where's the V love?

    by StovetopStuffin'

    That was the first thing I ever saw him in, so I always saw him as a lizard man. Even on Seinfeld.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by codymr

    Wow really? That is a fun story.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    He wasn't on Seinfeld, you dopes

    by gavdiggity

    That's Richard Herd. <P> Your pennace is to watch The Cincinnati Kid tonight.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Man fuck this shit!

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Malden was the MAN. After "On the Waterfront" and "Patton" I'm convinced he was one of the most underrated actors of his generation. This blows. Fuckin' death. >:-/

  • July 1, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST



    Shit you're right. They do look similar.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Aint it Obit news

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 1, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    RIP-Malden was great.

    by I am the most horrible

    You never saw him and Golda Meir in the same room.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    RIP Harve Presnell too. Drag!

  • July 1, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    My condolences, Crow3711

    by Woodman

    R.I.P. Mr. Malden

  • July 1, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    We will miss ye Karl

    by orcus

    This is the closest we've come to a respectful tb. May it not turn into Ain't it Cruel News

  • July 1, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by codymr

    Did you mean Richard Herd? <P> <P> I don't think Malden appeared on Seinfeld.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

    She was born in 1916 in Tokyo Japan!?!

  • July 1, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone notice the amount of respect that people get...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    especially celebrities when it comes to the subject of death is ridiculous on the fucking internet? It gets all muddled 10X over until it becomes nothing more than the next asshole's fucking joke. I seen 'On the Waterfront' for the first time about a year ago and I recognize him as the priest from that. He had that one scene in particular on the boat that I remember being a great delivery. R.I.P. Mr. Malden.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Streets of San Francisco

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>I've always known "of" Malden but the last year I've been watching Streets of San Francisco on DVD and this is how I was introduced to his real acting ability (I vaguely remember his American Express commercials). </p> <p>That show holds up extremely well, because Malden's character is extremely likable and you wish all old school cops were exactly like him. Frankly, I assumed he was already dead, because even on that show he was up there in years.</p> <p>IF you haven't seen Streets of San Francisco, check it out. Great show, great acting.</p>

  • July 1, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Richard Herd & Karl Malden


    The resemblance is uncanny. Just sayin.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I SUCK COCK_S!!!

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_


  • July 1, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    SHIT! LEEE!!

  • July 1, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by codymr

    Like FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS, I think you are thinking of Richard Herd: <P> <P> Both actors are physically similar and have a similar cadence and pitch to their voices.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Not Mollie Sugden aswell


    I was a bridesmaid at her wedding.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Larry of Arabia

    He was great as Herbie in the movie version of Gypsy, and his final role in The West Wing was brilliant. He had a great range and will be missed.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by StovetopStuffin'

    Yep, you're right. You know, I was even saying to myself "I didn't think that was the guy's name, but that's clearly him". You know, I remember seeing those ads when I was a kid and thinking it was the same guy even. Weird.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    be in a commercial. God, what a shithead.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    One Helluva Run

    by Liberty Valance

    97 years is an extraordinary life for anyone, and old Karl seemed to get the most out of it. Exceptional acting skill, fame, genuine class and longevity. 4th of July weekend sounds like a perfect time to celebrate his life by popping Patton in the DVD player. Rest in peace Mr. Malden, and thanks for the great performances...

  • July 1, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    millions of teenage girls weep.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by shaneo632

    RIP Malden

  • July 1, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Gary, Indiana?

    by CherryValance

    Okay maybe Death got the wrong guy the first time. You're supposed to live to be really old like this.</p> <p>My condolences go out to his family. He had a great career. I think he stayed close with Michael Douglas too. So my condolences to him as well. </p>

  • July 1, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren

    by axel fff

    are all still alive. I'd say Hitchcock had something to do with it, except that Grace Kelly died in 1982. Fuck, she was hot in Rear Window.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Don't go joking about the Bionic Man

    by Jinxo

    I can't take the 6 Mill Man dropping too. Don't go joking about the fall of The Fall Guy.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    are dropping like flies.

  • July 1, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Reaper wasn't renewed...

    by art123guy, Hollywood must pay!

  • July 1, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Christ I didn't even know he was STILL alive.

    by Pixelsmack

    97..jesus...this is how Sean Connery is gonna go. Nearly faded from our minds in the future and he'll be in his 90s, out of acting for nearly 15 years. So sad. Same with Gene Hackman.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    General Omar Bradley

    by Logan_1973

    is who he'll always be to me. RIP sir...

  • July 1, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    heaven is a bit more solid & dependable tonight

    by madCanada

    Karl was a great, great actor. An actor's actor. Can you think of anyone today who could fill his shoes? I'm thinking either nobody, or John C. Reilly. That turn in "Magnolia" kind of reminded me of Malden.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    My condolences Crow3711

    by growltiger

    Be well.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    He wrote a good memoir

    by drewlicious

    It's called "When Do I Start?" Pretty good stuff.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    RIP Harve Presnell

    by growltiger

    He was great in Fargo, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Paint Your Wagon. He had a great voice. What a great talent. <p> He was probably better known to Broadway audiences. RIP.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by WardE

    NASAL RAPING BASTARD. it was info to be revealed by his estate after his death.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    guys this is teh beginning of another set of THREE

    by WardE

    hold on to your vaginas guys! we're in for more celeb purges.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee the next to get shitcanned

    by WardE

    after getting knighted his life is complete to go in the grave complete with his dracula cape just like lugosi.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Harv Presnell

    by drewlicious

    I was watching Face/Off last night and there he was.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Gen. Bradley: what a performance!

    by growltiger

    I had seen On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire before, but it is the Bradley role that I remember best. <p> I think the contrast he offered to Scott's Patton made the movie.

  • July 1, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Another swing of the sythe

    by DatoMan413

    WTF is it this year, anyway? I thought 2008 was ringing up some huge numbers, but '09 is getting ridiculous...

  • July 1, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery Is Next!

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    just placing bets here...

  • July 1, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Where is my Fred Travelena talkback?

    by landosystem

    People will do anything for money...

  • July 1, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    First saw Malden in Patton

    by UCB Agent1

    When I was young I saw Patton and loved both Malden and Scott. Then in college I saw Streetcar and On the Waterfront. Malden was terrific in all of them. He lived a great, long life. RIP

  • July 1, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    He wasn't already dead?

    by IndyCollector

    Hm. Who knew?

  • July 1, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    BOB EVANS,,,

    by Mennen

    sadly, he's next.

  • July 1, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Grim Reaper Gotta Eat!

    by DavidDuchovneys_wandering_cock

  • July 1, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    RIP, one of the ABSOLUTE BEST!

    by quantize

    Loved him in everything...westerns..Streets of San name it, the guy was a CLASS ACT

  • July 1, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Karl was great. The grandparents watched "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Cannon" every week, they sure don't make show intros like they used to. RIP, Karl.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Hey Frodo!


    Fuck you...I hope Sean Connery finds you and beats you into a bloody pulp. Here's to Sir Sean outliving you!

  • July 1, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Alan Smithee is next!

    by snomusic

    The only person I could think of suggesting without being tasteless.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Harve Presnell was awesome in FARGO

    by ZombieHeathLedger


  • July 1, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by ratfarts

    Patton is one of my favorite movies...even though I own the DVD I still watch in on TV every Memorial Day. I'm not sure if anybody mentioned it, but I think his wife is still alive, and they got married in like 1939!

  • July 1, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Mr Malden

    by SminkyPinky

    Thank you. One hell of an age to live to and a superb legacy. Sleep well.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    didnt Malden disembowel a Muppet on live TV??

    by Six Demon Bag

    happened during the 70s. i think it shivved Scooter or Beaker or such. <P><P>no? must have been a wicked fever dream

  • July 1, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    While willingly sweeping away from any geek bull, it's possible you may be thinking about John Cleese pulling Gonzo's legs out from his body,

  • July 1, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    BEAKS and MERRICK...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius guys should really take into consideration the slew of assholes who troll this obit TBs and fucking do something about it. AICN's credibility is seemingly lessened everyday and the kind of BS that is allowed to continue in a thread like this is a shame. Just a suggestion fellas.<P>RIP Karl. You were a class act, sir. And I miss those Johnny Carson jokes about your nose.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Wow, I thought he died long ago.

    by Cotton McKnight

    What a remarkable career! Godspeed, Mr. Malden, thanks for the memories.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    He's always Gen. Omar Bradley from Patton to me!!!

    by Dogmatic

    He was great in that role! :)

  • July 1, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Ugly actors

    by marcspector

    Once upon time, actors were interesting. They didn't have to be pretty. We can all appreciate a pretty face but where is the Karl Malden, Jack Klugman, or Ernest Bourgnine of the modern age? Can an actor that looks like Malden make it anymore?

  • July 1, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    How The West Was Won...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    Always loved his turn as the farmer travelling to the West. His telling of the story about farming rocks is a classic...

  • July 1, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Now I'm sad

    by roninredshade

    Yeah, we lost someone special here. Where is the talent today to match all that we lost in the last year or two?

  • July 1, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    American Express is now fucked.

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Malden carried those bastards.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Karl Malden

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Probably more than any other actor or actress ever, Malden had the undeniable bad luck of being the incredible supporting role to countless iconic performances. I mean, come on, Brando in Streetcar AND Waterfront. Steve McQueen in Cincinnati, George C. Scott in Patton, even Hayley fucking Mills in Pollyanna for Christ's sakes. <br> <br> Yet, when you look through his filmography, you come to realize that he was a huge helping hand in making all of those roles iconic. Malden seemed to be an actor's actor and it shows in all of his roles by how easily all other actors play off of him. Let's face it, no one ever wants to admit it, but the truth is 9 out of 10 actors back in the day were fucking god-awful, just absolutely fucking horrendous. Malden wasn't and brought out the great actor in everyone who shared the frame with him. What else could you ask for? <br> <br> And that nose...what a great nose!!!

  • July 1, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Malden.

    by JackSack

    Loved him in Patton. We should all be so lucky to die at the age of 97 in our sleep... and not like the screaming passengers in his car... badda-dump... thank you... I'm here all week.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Well, there is still a little bit of room for the Buscemi's and Giamattis. Even today, studios will put an ugly man up on screen because of Karl's nose. RIP!!!

  • July 1, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by marcspector

    Good point.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    We were just talking about ON THE WATERFRONT

    by bobjustbob

    Great movie. Great performance. RIP Mr. Malden.<p> And condolences to CROW3711. I hope you are well.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Yer Yella. Ya Ain't Got the Guts!!!

    by TinkerTIW

    What an evil bastard in NEVADA SMITH. Anyway, always loved Malden since I first saw him in the original Cinerama presentation of HOW THE WEST WAS WON when I was a kid. When I moved to LA he was president of the Motion Picture Academy and would seemingly be at every program, always with a warm introduction to start the evening. If you love movies, this is a sad day. RIP, Mr. Malden.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Harve Presnell has passed too...

    by bobjustbob

    Loved him the THE BIG LEBOWSKI(sp) http://www.msnbc. entertainment- celebrities/

  • July 1, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    karl malden was great in everything he did...

    by andyny29

    but i liked his general bradley in Patton the best. So good as a counterpoint to george c scott.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Sorry. Didn't see the other mentions of H Presnell

    by bobjustbob


  • July 1, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    And I meant FARGO. Doh!

    by bobjustbob


  • July 1, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Olivia de Havilland is Still Alive


    It's cool to think that Melanie Hamilton Wilkes from Gone With the Wind--such an awesome movie, I love that film--is still with us. If only Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh were still with us. Poor Vivien died in 1967, at the age of 53 . . . of tuberculosis!

  • July 1, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Galactic

  • July 1, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Fred Travalena Died June 28th


    Of cancer. He also appeared in the series premiere of the short-lived 1991 sitcom "Good Sports" with Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett. And Farrah Fawcett died just 3 days earlier, on June 25th, also of cancer.<br><br>I just got a chill.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Harve Presnell also was on many tv shows..

    by dogrobber

    ...if I remember correctly he was also on 'The Pretender' and 'Andy Barker, P.I.', among others.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    This is AICN, right?

  • July 1, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    KinderTrauma's take on this....

    by Anna Valerious

    "OK God, we get it."

  • July 1, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Loved him in Patton

    by drdoom_v

    Great actor, RIP Carl.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Karl Malden=Fucking Professional!

    by conspiracy

    When I was a kid we never left home without Amex travelers and always watched Streets of San Francisco. RIP good sir.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Beyond the Posideon Adventure.

    by otm shank

    Of course Streets of San Francisco. Great fucking theme music.<p> R.I.P sir.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Blind guy in Argento's Cat 'O Nine Tails

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Goodbye Cookie.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Streets of San Francisco

    by growltiger

    Must see back in the day.

  • July 1, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Abe's not laughing anymore, now he's scared

    by My_IQ_is_135

    Why shouldn't he be, Karl was 10 yrs. older than him. This proves even the ugly and pruny Abe Vigoda is vulnerable.

  • July 1, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by Charger26

    ...I mean pedophiles just died! Let's have a moment of silence for all the little lives he ruined and all the little buttholes he tore. LONG LIVE MICHAEL BAY!!!!

  • July 1, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by Charger26

    Im done

  • July 1, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Support Everyone

    by Crow3711

    It's truly very much appreciated.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    How are they gonna dim the lights on Broadway?

    by paulloch

    which is what's done when one of there own dies. Are they going to make it extra dim, or do it twice? Both Harve and Karl had extensive bway credits along with film and movies. (Harve was great as Daddy Warbucks back in the day, and of course Karl was legendary in everything from Streetcar to Gypsy, which he reprised in film) I don't know if two bway stars ever died on the same day like this.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    best nose since durante

    by bacci40


  • July 1, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    was also brilliant in birdman of alcatraz

    by bacci40

    he always played a great heavy when he wanted to<p> good character actors are hard to find

  • July 1, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Admiral Paris is dead!?!

    by Billyeveryteen

    He did other stuff, 'sides Voyager?<p>I keed, because I love.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah big deal. Doubt he ever had his hands down a boys pants

    by EbertsFatThumb

    RIP Karl. A very good actor.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    he just relized how badly he fucked up star wars and suffered a massive heart attack. he also likes little boys.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by Charger26

  • July 1, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Charger26

  • July 1, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by Charger26

  • July 1, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 2, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace.

    by travis-dane


  • July 2, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by CharlesThomasMathews1978

  • July 2, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    What a sad week

    by beefywhore

  • July 2, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    What a sad week

    by beefywhore

    I probably watched Pollyanna 100 times when I was a kid....yeah I watched Pollyanna! What of it!?!?

  • July 2, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    This site will SHUT DOWN when Abe Vigoda dies..

    by vic twenty

    and rightfully so.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Of course, Abe Vigoda is not scheduled to die until 2012.

    by vic twenty

    So says the Mayan calander. Then the eternal man will run out of days.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Karl was really good in Cincinnati Kid

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Very underrated Steve McQueen movie. Entire movie takes place in one room like Casino Royale.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Cinema lost a great nose

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 2, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    A Streetcar Named Desire<Br>On The Waterfront<Br>Baby Doll<Br>How the West Was Won<Br>Patton<Br>Meteor<Br>The Streets of mutherfuckin' San Francisco<P>One of those actors that seemed to be in almost every decent old fim on TV when I was growing up - what a legend.<P>And in the UK we lost Mollie Sugden too<P>Sad fuckin' day

  • July 2, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Asimov Lives!!!

    by Righteous Brother

    Eli Wallach's performance in The good the bad and the ugly - is probably my favorite acting performance ever. There's so much nuance in it. Awesome.

  • July 2, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST


    by BenBraddock

    Great, great stuff! Still gives me goosebumps. Nice work Karl; so long

  • July 2, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    All these celebrities dying...

    by buggerbugger's just some kind of viral marketing for 'The Final Destination', right?

  • July 2, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Oh I LOVED him in Patton

    by Mr Gorilla

    Love and condolences to family.

  • July 2, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Peace to Karl, and the woman who

    by Dingbatty

    played Mrs. Slocombe in Are You Being Served?

  • July 2, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Saw Patton last week

    by zapano

    he was excellent in it. One of the greatest American actors of all time

  • July 2, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Cue thelordof hell

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Also, that purple haired lady from Are You Being Served just dies. I never watched the show on reruns in the states, but you can't help not know who she was.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    And rename Asteroids to Meteor

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    in honor of Malden. And no, I don't give a damn that they're two different types of space objects.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Thanks imdb.... any excuse to mention michael...

    by Boo-urns

    "Oscar winner Karl Malden has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, three years shy of his 100th birthday. The Streets of San Francisco star was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1912 and raised in Gary, Indiana - coincidentally the birthplace of Michael Jackson, who died last week."

  • July 2, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Fatal Vision

    by William Munny

    Malden played Alfred Kassab in the TV adaptation of "Fatal Vision" - the story of Captain Jeffery MacDonald, a marine medical doctor who was convicted of killing his wife and 2 children. Malden played the step-father of the MacDonald's wife - and he played the part extremely well. Without his bulldog efforts - there never would have been a conviction of MacDonald - which is the entire point of this story. Great TV movie - if you can find it.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Why did Karl Malden go to Wal-Mart?

    by Verbage

    He heard that little boys' pants were half-off.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    How many of you clowns....

    by Verbage

    ...went to IMDB, looked up Karl Malden, and then came back here and was like, "I loved Karl in that episode 105 of Hill Street Blues where he played the subway killer, he was awesome." I don't buy most of your bullshit.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    he's in alot of fav stuff

    by Doc_Hudson

    And he will be missed.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by mara69

    And The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, one of Disney's more forgetable efforts.

  • July 2, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

  • July 2, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    To all you pathetic geeks . . .

    by freedunit01

    . . . who either don't really know of an actor like Malden's work/history in the industry or more importantly can not refrain from inserting a slew of profanity and sly innuendo into a forum that is suppose to be in honor of such a talent -- you should be the ones getting it next. Talents such as Malden, Presnell and even Ms. Sugden deserve more respect than that. We mourn and are sadden by the death's of these celebrities because they were part of our lives thanks to their performances being captured on film and entering our homes via TV, DVD's etc. Frankly if you don't really know the person's work and therefore can not say anything good about their contributions to the medium, then either go spend some time wathcing what they've done or just keep your mouth shut!! Heaven will be enjoying some great performances this week, and the rains will continue hear as the angels weep.

  • July 2, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    freedunit01 says...

    by Verbage

    ...that people who aren't familiar with Karl Malden's work should die next. So if your kids haven't seen The Birdman of Alcatraz, freedunit01 wants them to get lymphoma and kick the bucket.

  • July 2, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Youngdog

    Thats the thing, he wasn't actually in V. I have the same delusion - I posted it up at the remake TB.<Br>I could have SWORN that Karl Marlden was in V. All the time growing up and believing that same creased up wrinkled face that paired up with a young Michael Douglas on Streets could be ripped off at any moment exposing the hideous lizard overlord beneath.<P>And then I look it up and he ain't there.<P>Fuck

  • July 2, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST



    Don't tease me.

  • July 2, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by TITBAG


  • July 2, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    We will miss you as well.

  • July 2, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    Now that's a resume to be proud of. Mostly thanks to Malden, Mitch has always been an essential part of Streetcar. Challenged the audience by demonstrating that even the 'nice guys' have a bit of Stanley in them. And yeah, I grew up with him all over the television in the 70s. Mr. Malden, we salute you.

  • July 2, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    @ lockesbrokenleg

    by gavdiggity

    RE- The Cincinnati Kid: it ALL takes place in one room? I think you should go back and watch it again...

  • July 2, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Well, he does wak outside once or twice

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 2, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    RE: Beyond The Poseidon Adventure

    by AirWarrior

    Karl was the only good thing about that movie. He classed up a crap project. RIP, Karl, you will be missed.

  • July 2, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Hey freedunit01....

    by Dead_Geek

    ... there is no Heaven.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Mrs. Slocombe has also died.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • July 3, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    You people are NUTS! Malden was HORRIBLE in PATTON!!!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Haven't any of you ever notice how much he is always SMILING in his scenes!? I can't watch the movie without laughing. Even George C. Scott admitted that Malden was bad in the role. Otherwise, though, the guy was aces. I wish STREETS OF SAN FRAN would show up more on tv.

  • July 3, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    its like a cat...

    by maxdembo

  • July 3, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    its like a cat...

    by maxdembo

    with nice tails. lets not forget him in Argento's cat o'nine tails. ive samples of him in that movie quite a lot, one track being a pure remix of the theme :) love a bit of karl.

  • July 3, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    BEST... NOSE... EVER..!

    by workshed

    It's a close thing with Jimmy Durante and Sid James. Loved this man's acting, especially in Kazan's early movies. The most natural of all the method actors and he left a great legacy of films for us to view again and again. And he was GREAT in Patton - I've never forgotten it because I was nine and I had terrible chicken pox at the time. You don't get actors of his calibre cast anymore simply because the casting directors go on 'good looks' and not talent. RIP Mr. Malden. What a life.

  • July 6, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Verbage has sex w/ little dogs.

    by Sal_Bando

    You know it's true.