Thursday, July 02, 2009

R.I.P. Karl Malden 1912 - 2009

Oscar winner Karl Malden has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, three years shy of his 100th birthday. He was awarded the Best Supporting Actor in the 1951 Academy Awards for A Streetcar Named Desire and was later nominated for On The Waterfront in 1954.

During his early years, his theatrical career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a noncommissioned officer in the 8th Air Force. While in the service, he was given a small role in the U.S. Army Air Forces play and film Winged Victory. After the war ended in 1945, he resumed his acting career, quickly becoming an in-demand film star.

Malden also played the famous Army General Omar Bradley in Patton [Pictured] and was the spokesman for American Express during whose advertisments he coined the catchphrase "don't leave home without it!" However it is his protrayal of Lt. Mike Stone on the classic cop show The Streets Of San Francisco that he will undoubatedly be most remembered.

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame can be found at 6231 Hollywood Boulevard.


Unknown said...

My fondest memories of "Old Testicle Nose" as he was lovingly called in my house were on reruns of The Streets Of San Francisco alongside Michael Douglas. A great 70's cop show that had a weird movie/play crossover thing going on, remember they'd have Act 1, Act 2, Epilogue...what a stupid fucking gimick... you know what, I fucking hate Karl Malden and his stupid fucking nose.

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

I'm sure he feels the same way about you.