Karl Malden

Actor, Director, Ditch digger
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1912 in Gary, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Who is Norman Lloyd? 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Anna 1990 (Movie)

Dr Harold Arlen (Actor)

Unsolved Mysteries (09/24/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Arthur Kirk (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Unsolved Mysteries (05/25/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Galvin 1986 (Movie)

Jack Galvin (Actor)

With Intent to Kill 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sting II 1981 (Movie)

Macalinski (Actor)

Twilight Time 1981 (Movie)

Marko (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Wilbur Hubbard (Actor)

Meteor 1979 (Movie)

Sherwood (Actor)

Captains Courageous 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Streets of San Francisco 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Summertime Killer 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cat O' Nine Tails 1970 (Movie)

Franco Arno (Actor)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

Walter Buckman (Actor)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

General Omar N Bradley (Actor)

Blue 1968 (Movie)

Doc Morton (Actor)

Hot Millions 1968 (Movie)

Carlton J Klemper (Actor)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

Leo Newbegin (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Keycase (Actor)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

Judge Higgins (Actor)

Murderers' Row 1965 (Movie)

Julian Wall (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Tom Fitch (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Shooter (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Capt Oscar Wessels (Actor)

Dead Ringer 1963 (Movie)

Sgt Jim Hobbson (Actor)

All Fall Down 1962 (Movie)

Ralph Willart (Actor)

Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 (Movie)

Harvey Shoemaker (Actor)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

Herbie Sommers (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Zebulon Prescott (Actor)

Come Fly With Me 1961 (Movie)

Walter Lucas (Actor)

Parrish 1961 (Movie)

Judd Raike (Actor)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

Dad Longworth (Actor)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

Reverend Paul Ford (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Father Devlin (Actor)

The Hanging Tree 1959 (Movie)

Frenchy Plante (Actor)

Bombers B-52 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Chuck Brennan (Actor)

Fear Strikes Out 1957 (Movie)

John Piersall (Actor)

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Archie Lee Meighan (Actor)

On the Waterfront 1954 (Movie)

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Phantom of the Rue Morgue 1954 (Movie)

Dr Marais (Actor)

I Confess 1953 (Movie)

Inspector Larrue (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1950 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Halls of Montezuma 1950 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

Lieutenant White (Actor)

13 Rue Madeleine 1946 (Movie)

Jump Master (Actor)

Absolute Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Fatal Vision (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on Ice (TV Show)

Actor

My Father, My Son (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Secret (Movie)

Maj. Lautrec (Actor)

Ruby Gentry (Movie)

Jim Gentry (Actor)

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

Take the High Ground (Movie)

Sgt. Laverne Holt (Actor)

The Gunfighter (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

The Sellout (Movie)

Buck Maxwell (Actor)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Movie)

Lt. Bill Thomas (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Adams (Actor)

Word of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Mila Malden

Daughter

Mona Graham

Wife
married in 1938

Carla Malden

Daughter
co-wrote father's memoirs

Petar Sekulovich

Father
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

Minnie Sekulovich

Mother
of Czech ancestry

EDUCATION

awarded full football scholarship to Arkansas State Teacher's College; offer rescinded when he made his preference for basketball and track known

Emerson Grammar School

Gary , Indiana

graduated from a high school in Gary, Indiana in 1931

The Goodman School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois 1933 - 1936
won scholarship; stayed three years

Milestones

2000

Made guest appearance as a priest on NBC's acclaimed "The West Wing"

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)

1992

Reprised his signature TV role of policeman Mike Stone in "Back to the Streets of San Francisco" (NBC)

1990

Co-starred in the ABC movie "Call Me Anna," based on actress Patty Duke's autobiography

1989

Portrayed wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer who was murdered by terrorists in "The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro" (NBC)

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"

1987

Made last feature film appearance in courtroom drama, "Nuts"

1987

Hosted and narrated a pair of NBC specials, "Unsolved Mysteries"

1985

Appeared as the Walrus in an all-star CBS version of "Alice in Wonderland"

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"

1981

Portrayed US Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the ABC movie, "Miracle on Ice"

1980

Starred in short-lived series "Skag" (NBC)

1979

Had featured roles in two disaster-themed features, "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" and "Meteor"

1977

Starred in the small screen remake of "Captains Courageous" (ABC)

1969

Portrayed General Omar Bradley to George C. Scott's "Patton"

1967

Acted opposite Michael Caine (as Harry Palmer) in the Ken Russell-directed "Billion Dollar Brain"

1965

Co-starred in "The Cincinnati Kid"

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"

1961

Acted in Marlon Brando's directorial debut, "One-Eyed Jacks"

1960

Co-starred in the Disney feature, "Pollyanna"

1957

Cast as baseball player Jimmy Piersall's father in the biopic, "Fear Strikes Out"

1957

Directed feature, "Time Limit"

1957

Made last stage appearance to date in "The Egghead"

1956

Reunited with Kazan and Tennessee Williams for the feature film "Baby Doll"

1955

Returned to Broadway in "Desperate Hours"

1954

Earned second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the dockside priest in Kazan's "On the Waterfront"

1953

Co-starred in the thriller, "I Confess," helmed by Alfred Hitchcock

1951

Acted on stage in "Peer Gynt"

1951

Reprised role of Mitch in the Kazan-directed feature version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"; won Supporting Actor Oscar

1949

Early TV credits include "Little Women" (CBS)

1947

Breakthrough stage role in original cast of Arthur Miller's drama, "All My Sons," directed by Elia Kazan

1942

Was a member of the ensemble of "Winged Victory," produced on Broadway; reprised role in film adaptation

1940

Film debut, "They Knew What They Wanted"

1938

Appeared on Broadway in "How to Get Tough About It" and "Missouri Legend"

1937

Stage debut in "Golden Boy"

1937

Moved to NYC

After graduating high school, worked in steel mills for three years before attending drama school in Chicago

Worked frequently on radio dramas

Served as spokesman for American Express in memorable series of commercials, spouting tagline "Don't leave home without it"

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

Co-starred as Mitch, the man who courts Blanche DuBois, in Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," staged by Kazan

Raised in Gary, Indiana

Bonus Trivia

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

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