Remembering this lovely man who was always a gentleman. Karl Malden died today on his 97th birthday. He and wife Mona had been married for 71 years.
Karl Malden is an actor famous for his craggy face, huge nose, and for saying “Don’t leave home without it”, his long-running line as TV pitchman for American Express.
He won an Oscar for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and an Emmy as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone on Streets of San Francisco. Malden also played Gen. Omar Bradley opposite George C. Scott‘s Patton. In Baby Doll (1956), he played a horny husband whose gorgeous wife (Carroll Baker) refused to have sex with him. The film was condemned as near pornography by the Catholic church, for its shocking portrayal of young lust, but by present standards it’s hardly titillating.
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science from 1989 to 1993.
Watch this riveting segment with Michael Douglas and Karl Malden in Streets of San Francisco.