Karl Malden, dead at 97

Man, it seems we’re losing well-knowns from Hollywood by the minute these days. Thanks to a reference at Instapundit, I see that Karl Malden died yesterday at the age of 97.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden died today, July 1, of natural causes at the age of 97. Born Mladen Sekulovich on March 22, 1912, the bulb-nose character actor was a star of both stage and screen. Raised in Gary, Indiana, Malden briefly attended a teacher’s college, then enrolled in Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Dramatic School. Following World War II-era service in the Army Air Force, Malden’s career took off with the role of Mitch in the 1947 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, opposite Marlon Brando.

Malden’s movie career is impressive and the list I’ve linked doesn’t include his TV appearances. It’s been a sad couple of weeks.