Karl Malden

Karl Malden

Highest Rated: 100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Lowest Rated: 0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1912

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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.


Highest Rated Movies



67% No Score Yet Who Is Norman Lloyd? Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping Story Ed Ray (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to the Streets of San Francisco Mike Stone (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Absolute Strangers Fred Zusselman (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Me Anna Doctor Harold Arlen (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro Leon Klinghoffer (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Father, My Son Elmo Zumwalt Jr. (Character) - 1988
33% 71% Nuts Arthur Kirk (Character) $29.5M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy Galvin Jack Galvin (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Walrus (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 63% Dario Argento's World of Horror Unknown (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 95% Fatal Vision Freddy Kassab (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Urge to Kill Thomas E. Nolan (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight Time Marko Sekulovic (Character) - 1983
0% 29% The Sting II Gus Macalinski (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 61% Miracle on Ice Herb Brooks (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skag Pete "Skag" Skagska (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Word of Honor Mike McNeill (Character) - 1980
0% 22% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Wilbur Hubbard (Character) - 1979
5% 13% Meteor Harry Sherwood (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captains Courageous Disko Troop (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Summertime Killer Captain John Kiley (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Detective Lt. Mike Stone (Character) - 1972
82% 53% The Cat o' Nine Tails Franco Arno (Character) - 1971
57% 44% Wild Rovers Walter Buckman (Character) - 1971
94% 93% Patton General Omar N. Bradley (Character) - 1970
67% 74% Hot Millions Carlton J. Klemper (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 40% Blue Doc Morton (Character) - 1968
50% 41% Billion Dollar Brain Leo Newbigen (Character) - 1967
50% 48% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Judge Higgins (Character) - 1967
100% 38% Hotel Keycase Milne (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 40% Murderers' Row Julian Wall (Character) - 1966
50% 65% Nevada Smith Tom Fitch (Character) - 1966
82% 78% The Cincinnati Kid Shooter (Character) - 1965
60% 47% Cheyenne Autumn Capt. Wessels (Character) - 1964
100% 80% Dead Ringer Sergeant Jim Hobbson (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% Come Fly With Me Walter Lucas (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Zebulon Prescott (Character) - 1962
64% 74% Gypsy Herbie Sommers (Character) - 1962
40% 51% All Fall Down Ralph Willart (Character) - 1962
91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Harvey Shoemaker (Character) - 1962
59% 72% One-Eyed Jacks Sheriff Dad Longworth (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 62% Parrish Judd Raike (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 85% The Great Impostor Father Devlin (Character) - 1960
86% 79% Pollyanna Reverend Paul Ford (Character) - 1960
83% 72% The Hanging Tree Frenchy Plante (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 65% Time Limit Director - 1957
83% 77% Fear Strikes Out John Piersall (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 30% Bombers B-52 Master Sergeant Chuck V. Brennan/Line Chief (Character) - 1957
94% 81% Baby Doll Archie Lee Meighan (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 18% Phantom of the Rue Morgue Dr. Marais (Character) - 1954
99% 95% On the Waterfront Father Barry (Character) - 1954
80% 76% I Confess Inspector Larrue (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 29% Take the High Ground Sgt. Laverne Holt (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Secret Maj. Latrec (Character) - 1952
63% 48% Ruby Gentry Jim Gentry (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 33% The Sellout Capt. Buck Maxwell (Character) - 1951
98% 90% A Streetcar Named Desire Mitch (Character) - 1951
88% 48% Halls of Montezuma Doc (Character) - 1950
100% 88% Where the Sidewalk Ends Lt. Thomas (Character) - 1950
100% 89% The Gunfighter Mac (Character) - 1950
88% 75% Kiss of Death Sergeant William Cullen (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winged Victory Adams (Character) - 1944


75% 95% The West Wing Father Thomas Cavanaugh (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Det. Lt. Mike Stone (Character) 1972-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Judge Higgins (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970


Terry Malloy says: If I spill, my life ain't worth a nickel.

Father Barry says: And how much is your soul worth if you don't?

Dad Longworth says: No, I won't kill you. Yer gun days are over.

Dad Longworth says: You're a one-eyed jack around these parts, dad, but I seen the other side of your face.

Dad Longworth says: Is this the thanks I get for takin' you outta the bean fields. I gave your daughter my name, MINE! His execution will be a day early. That's all!

Kid Rio says: I am going to get a trial, ain't I.

Dad Longworth says: Yeah Kid, you'll get a trial and then we're going hang you.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: speaking to Patton: I've done this job because I've been trained to do it..... you do it because....you love it.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: [speaking to Patton] I've done this job because I've been trained to do it... you do it because... you love it.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: [who's in charge of this operation?]: I don't know but they ought to hang him.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: [who's in charge of this operation?] I don't know but they ought to hang him.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: George, if you were named admirable of the Turkish navy, you could come up with the appropriate medal.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley says: Up against Rommel what we need is the best tank man we've got.

Father Barry says: Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle's life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion. And dropping a sling on Kayo Dugan because he was ready to spill his guts tomorrow, that's a crucifixion. And every time the Mob puts the pressure on a good man, tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen, it's a crucifixion. And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows that happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the Roman soldier who pierced the flesh of our Lord to see if he was dead.

Reverend Paul Ford says: DEATH COMES UNEXPECTEDLY!

Father Barry says: You want to know what's wrong with our waterfront? It's the love of a lousy buck. It's making love of a buck - -the cushy job - -more important than the love of man!