Monday, July 6, 2009

Thanks, Mike...

Karl Malden was much more than Lt Stone. Malden (who died on July 1, 2009) was a first rate character actor - a star of stage, movies and television - whose screen career started with Garson Kanin's 1940 film 'They knew what they wanted.' Malden's greatest big screen successes were in the 1950's. In a stellar five year period he received an oscar for 'A Streetcar named Desire,' played the part of Terry Malloy in Elia Kazan's 'On the Waterfront,' and, controversially, the role of the cuckolded Archie Meighan in, again, Kazan's, 'Baby Doll.' Many notable film roles followed - 'Patten,' being just one of the many memorable highlights. A great actor, with a career spanning eight decades, he, and the quietly convincing style of performance he championed, will be sadly missed.

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