Photo of Karl Malden Karl Malden

An Oscar-winning everyman who owed his distinctive looks to a twice-broken nose, Karl Malden was born Mladen George Sekulovich March 22, 1912, in Gary, Ind. He began his career as a steelworker before making his way to Hollywood via Broadway.

Malden is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as a sensitive suitor in director Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), which marked Malden's big-screen debut alongside fellow Method actor Marlon Brando. Reteaming with Kazan and Brando in 1954 for On the Waterfront, Malden earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of a courageous priest.

In the 1970s, Malden starred in the popular police drama "The Streets of San Francisco" opposite a young Michael Douglas as his rookie partner. Malden also appeared in iconic TV ads for the American Express card, urging travelers, "Don't leave home without it." He died July 1, 2009, at age 97.

Karl Malden in Boomerang!


1947 NR

When a man of the cloth is shot to death on the street, pressure mounts on District Attorney Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews) to put drifter John Waldron (Arthur Kennedy) on trial for the killing. But further investigation soon leads Harvey to doubt the defendant's guilt. Director Elia Kazan's riveting crime drama is based on a real-life Connecticut murder case. Watch for playwright Arthur Miller in the police lineup.

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