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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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The Streets of San Francisco
The Streets of San Francisco Detective Lt. Mike Stone / Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Father Barry
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 2011 The Streets of the Invisibles (Short)
Mike Stone (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)
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
 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
 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
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Halls of Montezuma
 1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 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
Adams (as Cpl. Karl Malden)
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Stage Play: Winged Victory. Musical drama. Written by Moss Hart. Incidental music by Sgt. David Rose. Music arranged by Sgt. David Rose. Assistant Musical Dir.: M/Sgt. Norman Leyden. Featuring songs by Carmen Dragon, Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr and Robert Crawford. 44th Street Theatre: 20 Nov 1943- 20 May 1944 (212 productions). Cast: Sgt. ... See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Cpl. Karl Malden | Malden Sekulovich


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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[Who said why he quit his steel job in 1934 to attend acting in college]: Because I wasn't getting anywhere in the mills. When I told my father, he said, 'Are you crazy? You want to give up a good job in the middle of the Depression?' Thank God for my mother. She said to give it a try. See more »


After he graduated from high school at the top of his class, he briefly left Gary, Indiana, to move to Arkansas, where he'd hoped to get a college athletics scholarship. The college turned him down due to his refusal to play football, other than basketball, hence, he returned to his hometown of Gary, Indiana. See more »


His expansive manner. See more »

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