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Publicity photo, c. 1950s
Mladen George Sekulovich
March 22, 1912
|Died||July 1, 2009
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Education||Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts|
|Alma mater||DePaul University|
|Home town||Gary, Indiana (raised)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Mona Greenberg (1938–2009; his death)|
Minnie (née Sebera) Sekulovich
Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. He was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film and television", especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor — On the Waterfront (1954), Pollyanna (1960), and One-Eyed Jacks (1961).
Malden also played in high-profile Hollywood films such as Baby Doll (1956), The Hanging Tree (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), and Patton (1970). From 1972 to 1977, he portrayed Lt. Mike Stone in the television crime drama The Streets of San Francisco. He was later the spokesman for American Express.
Film and culture critic Charles Champlin described Malden as "an Everyman, but one whose range moved easily up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along", and at the time of his death, Malden was described as "one of the great character actors of his time" who created a number of "powerhouse performances on screen". Malden was also President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1992.
Recognition and death
In October 2003, he was named the 40th recipient of the Screen Actors' Guild's Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
On November 12, 2005, the United States House of Representatives authorized the United States Postal Service to rename the Los Angeles Barrington Postal Station as the Karl Malden Postal Station in honor of Malden's achievements. The bill, H.R. 3667, was sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman and Diane Watson.
For his contribution to the film industry, Malden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6231 Hollywood Blvd. In 2005, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Malden died at his home in Los Angeles on July 1, 2009, at the age of 97. He was reported to have been in poor health for several years. He was buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Malden's friend and former co-star Michael Douglas wrote a tribute to Malden for Time's "Milestones" section.
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Karl Malden with Marlon Brando in the trailer for On the Waterfront 1954
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