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Karl Malden



The son of Yugoslav immigrants, Karl Malden labored in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana before enrolling in Arkansas State Teachers College. While not a prime candidate for stardom with his oversized nose and bullhorn voice, Malden attended Chicago's Goodman Dramatic School, then moved to New York, where he made his Broadway bow in 1937. Three years later he made his film debut in a microscopic role in They Knew What They Wanted (1940), which also featured another star-to-be, Tom Ewell. While serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, Malden returned to films in the all-serviceman epic Winged Victory (1944), where he was billed as Corporal Karl Malden. This led to a brief contract with 20th Century-Fox -- but not to Hollywood, since Malden's subsequent film appearances were lensed on the east coast. In 1947, Malden created the role of Mitch, the erstwhile beau of Blanche Dubois, in Tennessee Williams' Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire; he repeated the role in the 1951 film version, winning an Oscar in the process. For much of his film career, Malden has been assigned roles that called for excesses of ham; even his Oscar-nominated performance in On the Waterfront (1954) was decidedly "Armour Star" in concept and execution. In 1957, he directed the Korean War melodrama Time Limit, the only instance in which the forceful and opinionated Malden was officially credited as director. Malden was best known to TV fans of the 1970s as Lieutenant Mike Stone, the no-nonsense protagonist of the longrunning cop series The Streets of San Francisco. Still wearing his familiar Streets hat and overcoat, Malden supplemented his income with a series of ads for American Express. His commercial catchphrases "What will you do?" and "Don't leave home without it!" soon entered the lexicon of TV trivia -- and provided endless fodder for such comedians as Johnny Carson. From 1989-92, Malden served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% Who Is Norman Lloyd?
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Vanished Without a Trace
  • Ed Ray
1993
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Miracle on Ice
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet My Father, My Son
  • Elmo Zumwalt Jr.
1988
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
  • Actor
1988
36% Nuts
  • Arthur Kirk
1987
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Billy Galvin
  • Jack Galvin
1986
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Walrus
1985
No Score Yet Fatal Vision
  • Freddy Kassab
1984
No Score Yet Urge to Kill
  • Thomas E. Nolan
1984
0% The Sting II
  • Macalinski
1983
No Score Yet Miracle on Ice
  • Herb Brooks
1981
No Score Yet Word of Honor
  • Mike McNeill
1981
5% Meteor
  • Harry Sherwood
1979
0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
  • Wilbur
1979
No Score Yet Skag
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Ricco the Mean Machine
  • John Kiley
1973
No Score Yet Un verano para matar (Summertime Killer)
  • Captain John Kiley
1972
60% Wild Rovers
  • Walt Buckman
1971
73% The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code)
  • Franco Arno
1971
No Score Yet H-Bomb
  • Actor
1971
95% Patton
  • Bradley
1970
No Score Yet Hot Millions
  • Carlton J. Klemper
1968
No Score Yet Blue
  • Doc
1968
No Score Yet The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • Judge Higgins
1967
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Keycase Milne
1967
60% Billion Dollar Brain
  • Leo Newbigen
1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row
  • Julian Wall
1966
57% Nevada Smith
  • Tom Fitch
1966
No Score Yet The Silencers
  • Actor
1966
85% The Cincinnati Kid
  • Shooter
1965
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Capt. Wessels
1964
100% Dead Ringer
  • Sgt. Jim Hobbson
1964
No Score Yet Come Fly with Me
  • Walter Lucas
1963
100% How the West Was Won
  • Zebulon Prescott
1963
82% Birdman of Alcatraz
  • Harvey Shoemaker
1962
No Score Yet All Fall Down
  • Ralph Wilart
1962
69% Gypsy
  • Herbie
1962
No Score Yet The Great Imposter
  • Father Devlin
1961
No Score Yet Parrish
  • Judd Raike
1961
57% One-Eyed Jacks
  • Sheriff Dad Longworth
1961
83% Pollyanna
  • Reverend Paul Ford
1960
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree
  • Frency Plante
1959
No Score Yet Bombers B-52
  • Master Sgt. Chuck V. Brennan, Line Chief
1957
No Score Yet Time Limit
  • Director
1957
82% Fear Strikes Out
  • John Piersall
1957
100% Baby Doll
  • Archie Lee Meighan
1956
98% On the Waterfront
  • Father Barry
1954
No Score Yet Phantom of the Rue Morgue
  • Dr. Marais
1954
No Score Yet Take the High Ground
  • Sgt. Laverne Holt
1953
67% Ruby Gentry
  • Jim Gentry
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Ernie
1952
No Score Yet The Sellout
  • Buck Maxwell
1952
80% I Confess
  • Insp. Larrue
1952
No Score Yet Operation Secret
  • Maj. Latrec
1952
100% Decision Before Dawn
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire: Digital Restovation
  • Actor
1951
98% A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Mitch
1951
100% The Gunfighter
  • Actor
1950
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Lt. Bill Thomas
1950
83% Halls of Montezuma
  • Doc
1950
86% Kiss of Death
  • Sgt. William Cullen
1947
71% Boomerang!
  • Lt. White
1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine
  • Flight Sergeant
1947
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted
  • Red
1940
No Score Yet Twilight Time
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Rev. Tom Cavanaugh Father Thomas Cavanaugh

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