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Karl Malden (1912–2009)


Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when he was frustrated with the drudgery of manual ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Father Barry
(1954)
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
(1951)
Patton
Patton Gen. Omar N. Bradley
(1970)
Baby Doll
Baby Doll Archie Lee Meighan
(1956)

Filmography

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 2000 The West Wing (TV Series)
Father Thomas Cavanaugh
- Take This Sabbath Day (2000) ... Father Thomas Cavanaugh
 1998 The Lionhearts (TV Series)
- Brown Dog Day (1998) ... (voice)
 1995 Biography (TV Series documentary)
P.T. Barnum
- P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman (1995) ... P.T. Barnum (voice)
 1992 Back to the Streets of San Francisco (TV Movie)
Mike Stone
 1991 Absolute Strangers (TV Movie)
Fred Zusselman
 1990 Call Me Anna (TV Movie)
Doctor Harold Arlen
 1989 The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro (TV Movie)
Leon Klinghoffer
 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)
The Walrus
 1984 With Intent to Kill (TV Movie)
Thomas E. Nolan
 1984 Fatal Vision (TV Mini-Series)
Freddy Kassab
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Freddy Kassab
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Freddy Kassab
 1983 The Sting II
Gus Macalinski
 1982 Twilight Time
Marko Sekulovic
 1981 Miracle on Ice (TV Movie)
Herb Brooks
 1981 Word of Honor (TV Movie)
Mike McNeill
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
Pete 'Skag' Skagska
- What Passes for Love in East Pittsburgh (1980) ... Pete 'Skag' Skagska
- The Working Girl: Part 2 (1980) ... Pete 'Skag' Skagska
- The Working Girl: Part 1 (1980) ... Pete 'Skag' Skagska
- The Wildcatters (1980) ... Pete 'Skag' Skagska
- In Trouble at 15 (1980) ... Pete 'Skag' Skagska
 1979 Meteor
Harry Sherwood
 1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
Wilbur Hubbard
 1977 Captains Courageous (TV Movie)
Disko Troop
 1972-1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Detective Lt. Mike Stone
- The Canine Collar (1977) ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
- Time Out (1977) ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
- Let's Pretend We're Strangers (1977) ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
- Breakup (1977) ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
- Dead Lift (1977) ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
 1972 Summertime Killer
Captain John Kiley
 1971 Wild Rovers
Walter Buckman
 1971 The Cat o' Nine Tails
Franco Arnò
 1970 Patton
Gen. Omar N. Bradley
 1968 Hot Millions
Carlton J. Klemper
 1968 Blue
Doc Morton
 1967 Billion Dollar Brain
Leo Newbigen
 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
Sgt. Jim Hobbson
 1963 Come Fly with Me
Walter Lucas
 1962 Gypsy
Herbie Sommers
 1962 How the West Was Won
Zebulon Prescott
 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz
Harvey Shoemaker
 1962 All Fall Down
Ralph Willart
 1961 Parrish
Judd Raike
 1961 One-Eyed Jacks
Sheriff Dad Longworth
 1961 The Great Impostor
Father Devlin
 1960 Pollyanna
Reverend Paul Ford
 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
 1956 Baby Doll
Archie Lee Meighan
 1954 On the Waterfront
Father Barry
 1954 Phantom of the Rue Morgue
Dr. Marais
 1953 Take the High Ground!
Sgt. Laverne Holt
 1953 I Confess
Inspector Larrue
 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)
 1951 A Streetcar Named Desire
Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
 1951 Halls of Montezuma
Doc
 1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Lt. Thomas
 1950 The Gunfighter
Mac
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Friedrich Bhaer
- Little Women (1949) ... Friedrich Bhaer
 1947 Kiss of Death
Sgt. William Cullen
 1947 Boomerang!
Det. Lt. White (uncredited)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Jump Master (uncredited)
 1944 Winged Victory
Adams (as Cpl. Karl Malden)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Egghead. Drama. Written by Molly Day Thatcher. 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 ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cpl. Karl Malden | Malden Sekulovich

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his friendship with Elia Kazan that led him to the feud of Mostel]: Zera couldn't stand seeing a guy, like Kazan, do what he did, and therefore, he even took it out on me and Mona. For a couple of years, this is what happened in New York, at that time, it split people who became close. See more »

Trivia:

His father, Petar Sekulovich, produced Serbian plays at his church and taught acting. See more »

Trademark:

Bulbous misshapen nose - which he broke twice playing sports as a teenager See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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