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Karl Malden (1912–2009)


Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden didn't learn how to communicate a single word of English until he was in kindergarten. Raised in Gary, IN, a medium-sized steel town, Malden--like many other young men in Gary--got a job in a steel factory when he finished school. He worked there for three years... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 2011 The Streets of the Invisibles (Short) (voice)
 1998 The Lionhearts (TV Series)
- Brown Dog Day (1998) ... (voice)
 1995 Biography (TV Series documentary)
P.T. Barnum
 1991 Absolute Strangers (TV Movie)
Fred Zusselman
 1990 Call Me Anna (TV Movie)
Doctor Harold Arlen
 1988 My Father, My Son (TV Movie)
Elmo Zumwalt Jr.
 1987 Nuts
Arthur Kirk
 1986 Billy Galvin
Jack Galvin
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Walrus
 1984 Fatal Vision (TV Movie)
Freddy Kassab
 1984 With Intent to Kill (TV Movie)
Thomas E. Nolan
 1982 Twilight Time
Marko Sekulovic
 1981 Miracle on Ice (TV Movie)
Herb Brooks
 1981 Word of Honor (TV Movie)
Mike McNeill
 1979 Meteor
Harry Sherwood
 1977 Captains Courageous (TV Movie)
Disko Troop
 1972 Summertime Killer
Captain John Kiley
 1971 Wild Rovers
Walter Buckman
 1968 Hot Millions
Carlton J. Klemper
 1968 Blue
Doc Morton
 1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
Judge Higgins
 1967 Hotel
Keycase Milne
 1966 Murderers' Row
Julian Wall
 1966 Nevada Smith
Tom Fitch
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Shooter
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
Capt. Wessels
 1964 Dead Ringer
Sergeant Jim Hobbson
 1963 Come Fly with Me
Walter Lucas
 1961 Parrish
Judd Raike
 1961 One-Eyed Jacks
Sheriff Dad Longworth
 1961 The Great Impostor
Father Devlin
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Frenchy Plante
 1957 Bombers B-52
MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan
 1957 Time Limit
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1957 Fear Strikes Out
John Piersall
 1954 Phantom of the Rue Morgue
Dr. Marais
 1953 Take the High Ground!
Sgt. Laverne Holt
 1952 Ruby Gentry
Jim Gentry
 1952 Operation Secret
Maj. Latrec
 1952 Diplomatic Courier
Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
 1952 The Sellout
Capt. Buck Maxwell
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Halls of Montezuma
Doc
 1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Lt. Thomas
 1950 The Gunfighter
Mac
 1947 Boomerang!
Det. Lt. White (uncredited)
 1947 13 Rue Madeleine
Jump Master (uncredited)
 1944 Winged Victory
Adams (as Cpl. Karl Malden)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Egghead. Drama. Written by Molly Kazan. Scenic Design by Richard Sylbert [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Hume Cronyn. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 9 Oct 1957- 26 Oct 1957 (21 performances). Cast: Karl Malden (as "Hank Parson") [final Broadway role], Eduard Franz (as "Gottfried Roth"), Phyllis Love (as "Sally Parson"), ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cpl. Karl Malden | Malden Sekulovich

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

It was a fun time when you were with them, it was just nothing but craziness. And Zera be working in Cafe Society, and finished around 1:30-2:00 A.M., the last show, and never failed. They would come to our apartment, which is on 6th Avenue, 4 flights up, waked us up and said to Mona, 'Alright, scramble some eggs, toast, make us some coffee, and at 2:00-3:00 A.M., we will be having some toast, ... See more »

Trivia:

Born Mladen Sekulovich, he always regretted that in order to become an actor, he had to change his name. Since he was proud of his heritage, when he starred in a movie or on TV, he insisted that a character carry his family name: In On the Waterfront (1954), Fred Gwynne's character was named "Sekulovich". See more »

Trademark:

His strong, Czech, commanding voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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