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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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Filmography

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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 Kiss of Death
Sgt. William Cullen
 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:

TV commercials: American Express Traveler's Cheques (70s-mid 80s) 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' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

I am thrilled to be honored by the Screen Actors Guild because I've been with it for such a long time. The Screen Actors Guild is sort of a highfalutin name for a union, and this union was always wonderful to work for. For the rank-and-file of the union to honor me is the best compliment I can receive. See more »

Trivia:

At the urging of Elia Kazan, he change his name from Mladen Sekulovich to Karl Malden, taking his maternal grandfather's given name for his first name, and switching a couple of letters of his own first name for his last name. Malden remained a strong friend of Kazan's after the famed director was chastised by the Hollywood community for naming names before the House of Un-American Activities ... See more »

Trademark:

Bulbous, mis-shapen nose - he broke it twice playing sports as a teenager See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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