Karl Malden

Karl Malden ( Mladen George actually Sekulovich, Serbian Младен Ђорђе Секуловић / Mladen Đorđe Sekulović; born March 22, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, † July 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California ) was an American actor. Malden played mainly in the 1950s and 1960s in many classic films profiled supporting roles and was later star of the hit TV series The Streets of San Francisco.

Life and work

Karl Malden, was born the son of a Czech mother and a Serbian father, Minnie and Peter Sekulovich and grew up in Gary, Indiana, on. After visiting the Emerson High School in Gary and the Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, he completed from 1933 to 1936 an acting training at the Goodman Theatre Dramatic School in Chicago. In 1937 he played Clifford Odets in ' Golden Boy for the first time on Broadway. In 1940 he made ​​his film debut in They Knew What They Wanted alongside Charles Laughton. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Force and met his future fellow actor Brad Dexter, with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. After the war he continued his extensive stage work and appeared in movies alongside.

In his film career, mostly as a supporting actor, he came to almost 70 feature films. Among them were quite a few classics of Hollywood cinema. Especially for director Elia Kazan, with whom he had worked successfully in the 1940s already on Broadway, he was one of the most important character actors. In addition to Marlon Brando, he was already in 1947 in Kazan's production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Harold Mitchell on stage and played the same role in the film version in 1951, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1954 he was nominated the Waterfront for an Oscar as best supporting actor in the award- eight Oscars.

Kazan also gave him one of his few leading roles. In 1956 he is in Kazan's scandalous film Babydoll - Do not covet the other woman the quirky husband of a minor ( Carroll Baker) dar. He also starred in the 1961 filmed in Cinerama epic film The West Was Won, among many other famous artists one of the main roles.

In Germany it was mainly for his role as Detective Lt.. Mike Stone on the television series The Streets of San Francisco announced that he played from 1972 to 1977 in 120 episodes. Since the 1970s, he performed primarily on in television films. In 1992, he starred in the movie Back to the Streets of San Francisco again Lt. Mike Stone, in which Michael Douglas but not participated. His last appearance as an actor Malden had in 2000 in the series The West Wing as Father Thomas Cavanaugh.

From 1989 to 1992 Malden was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars.

Karl Malden was since December 18, 1938 Mona Greenberg, with whom he had two daughters, married and led next to the actor Norman Lloyd, the longest marriage in Hollywood.

Malden died on July 1, 2009 in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, at the age of 97 years. His grave is located in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Advertising icon

Were famous especially in the U.S. Karl Malden 's advertisements for the financial services company American Express in the 1970s and 1980s, which were occasionally also shown in Germany. In it, he campaigned with the now legendary saying, " Do not leave home without them! " ( "Do not go without them out of the house !") For traveler's checks of the company.

Filmography (selection)

Important theater works


  • Oscars 1952: Oscar for Best Male Supporting Actor for A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 1955: nomination for Best Male Supporting Actor for On the Waterfront
  • Malden was nominated for the British Film Academy Award, an Emmy Award and four other nominations, three times the Laurel Award, the Mary Pickford Award from the Satellite Awards and the 1979 Bambi