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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 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 Nuts
Arthur Kirk
 1986 Billy Galvin
Jack Galvin
 1982 Twilight Time
Marko Sekulovic
 1979 Meteor
Harry Sherwood
 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
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
Capt. Wessels
 1964 Dead Ringer
Sgt. 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
 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
 1951 Halls of Montezuma
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Lt. Thomas
 1950 The Gunfighter
 1947 Boomerang!
Det. Lt. White (uncredited)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Jump Master (uncredited)
 1944 Winged Victory
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Stage Play: The Desperate Hours. Melodrama. Written by Joseph Hayes. From the novel of the same name by Joseph Hayes. Directed by Robert Montgomery. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 10 Feb 1955- 13 Aug 1955 (212 performances). Cast: Nancy Coleman, Karl Malden (as "Dan Hillard"), Paul Newman (as "Glenn Griffin"), George Matthews, Wyrley Birch (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cpl. Karl Malden | Malden Sekulovich


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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[on actors who have moved on to their own film careers, with the exception of himself]: And then they talk to you about frustration. The first play I was in, Golden Boy, from that play, John Garfield, went to Hollywood, became a big star. Three years went by, and I did another play with another handsome actor, Gregory Peck, who left that play and went to Hollywood, became a big star, and here I ... See more »


Of Serbian and Czechoslovakian descent. See more »


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