Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Karl Malden

Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich, March 22, 1912) was an Academy Award winning American actor featured in the Marlon Brando films such A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks. He was also featured as General Omar Bradley in Patton. On TV his best-known role was as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco and as spokesmen in commercials for American Express Travelers Cheques "Don't leave home without it!"

He changed his name from Mladen Sekulovich to Karl Malden at age 22. Since he was proud of his heritage, when he starred in a movie or on TV, he insisted that a character carry his family name: In On the Waterfront, Fred Gwynne's character was named "Sekulovich".

In 1988 he was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a position he held for five years. Following that he published his memoir entitled, "When Do I Start?: A Memoir."

To Quote Karl Malden, "People have told me that I came to this industry at its Golden Age. But when I was there, it was just an age."

Good Night Sekulovich

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Tony Figueroa
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