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The Antipodean
07-01-09, 02:52 PM
One of the old greats, nearly made it to 100 -- he was great in "On The Waterfront"


Los Angeles, July 1 Reuters - Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden, best known for roles in films like ``A Streetcar Named Desire'' and ``On the Waterfront'' and the TV series ``The Streets of San Francisco,'' died on Wednesday at age 97, his agent said.

Malden, also remembered as the commercial spokesman in a trench coat for American Express travelers checks, died in his sleep at about 2:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) in his Los Angeles area home, the agent, Budd Moss, said.

Malden had been in failing health in recent years.

07-01-09, 03:06 PM
I'll always remember him because of his big bulbous nose.


Merkin Muffley
07-01-09, 03:19 PM
He was still alive?

07-01-09, 03:22 PM
wow. I remember watching re-runs of streets of san fran. rip

07-01-09, 03:33 PM
I was going to say I loved him as Welhelm on Seinfeld until I found out that Welhelm is played by Richard Herd. No wonder. Malden and him are practically twins.



07-01-09, 03:51 PM
I thought he was good playing Gen. Omar Bradley in Patton.

R.I.P. Karl Malden.

07-01-09, 04:24 PM
I thought he was good playing Gen. Omar Bradley in Patton.

R.I.P. Karl Malden.

This is for what I will remember him most fondly.

07-01-09, 04:32 PM
damn fine actor. :rip:

"You want to know what's wrong with our waterfront? It's the love of a lousy buck. It's making love of a buck - -the cushy job - -more important than the love of man!"

07-01-09, 04:34 PM
Man, for a while it seemed like Karl Malden was in everything. A damn fine actor. RIP.

07-01-09, 04:58 PM
He was always the worst guy to invite if you were doing cocaine.

Still, a great actor.


07-01-09, 05:25 PM
That's a shame, I liked him in the few things of his I've actually seen.

07-01-09, 05:34 PM
What's that like 10 celebs in the last 2 weeks now?

wm lopez
07-01-09, 05:44 PM
What's that like 10 celebs in the last 2 weeks now?
Kinda throws that stupid DIES IN 3'S:bmonkey: out of whack.

07-01-09, 05:48 PM
Kinda throws that stupid DIES IN 3'S:bmonkey: out of whack.

Last week was McMahon, Fawcett and Jackson

This week is Billy Mays, Malden and ???

Matthew Chmiel
07-01-09, 05:53 PM
Carradine was first. Everyone forgot about Carradine. :(

Carradine, McMahon, and Fawcett.

Jackson, Mays and Malden.

I'd argue that Malden doesn't count as I thought he's been dead for years. :shrug:

Joking aside, he was a great actor. RIP.

07-01-09, 06:16 PM
Loved him as Omar Bradley & in the Streets of San Francisco. Couldn't believe he'd been married close to 71 years. His was considered the longest Hollywood marriage of all time when he passed the record of 69 years that Bob & Delores Hope were married last December 18th. Wow. RIP to a great actor.

07-01-09, 07:24 PM
Last week was McMahon, Fawcett and Jackson

This week is Billy Mays, Malden and ???

I've read reports that walter cronkite is on his death bed :(

07-02-09, 01:33 AM
Sad but he had a great run. 97!

07-02-09, 01:43 AM
This is what I remember him from...

Heh, heh. Check out 1:40.

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07-02-09, 07:57 AM
Great, great actor. :rip:

07-02-09, 10:29 AM
One of the greatest character actors of all-time. I remember him best on the Streets of San Francisco and in the movie Patton.

RIP Karl Malden

Sean O'Hara
07-02-09, 11:44 AM
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07-02-09, 02:12 PM
One of the all-time GREAT character actors.

I thought he was terrific in Brando's western: One Eyed Jacks
Steve McQueen's western: Nevada Smith

As The Shooter in The Cincinnati Kid, Best Supporting Actor Oscar for A Streetcar Named Desire, as General Bradley in Patton, as Inspector LaRue in Hitchcock's I Confess. As the Pioneer father in How The West Was Won and of course the corruption fighting priest in On The Waterfront. These are only a handful of stand out performances that spring to mind in a lengthy career, from a very gifted actor.


07-02-09, 09:53 PM
The great thing about Karl Malden is that he knew he was a character actor, and he made the most of it. He had lead actor chops, but character actor looks, so he always looked for the really meaty supporting or secondary roles. He found them. Many times over - and he made the most of them.

I've got the Blu Ray of Patton but haven't gotten around to watching it yet. I think I'll have to pop it in the player on Sunday.

R.I.P. Karl - you were great!

07-03-09, 12:10 AM
He was always my "ringer" for old Hollywood actors still alive. It's had been awhile since he had been in anything so most people had assumed he had passed on. I still have Olivia de Havilland I suppose.

07-04-09, 05:35 AM
A very unique and distinctive acting style. Hard to believe it's been almost 50 years since his fantastic portrayal of a lawman with a secret past in "One Eyed Jacks". As others have mentioned, he was good in so many roles throughout his career, but that performance really stood out.

There will never be another one quite like him....

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