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Karl Malden dead at 97

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 4:21PM
Karl MaldenThe celebrity death march continues.

Karl Malden has died at the age of 97. He was probably best known for his role as Lt. Mike Stone on the ABC series The Streets of San Francisco. Actually, he was probably equally well-known for his American Express "Don't Leave Home Without It" commercials that ran in the 70s and 80s.

He played the lead role in the short-lived NBC series Skag in 1980, but most of his roles were in movies, including Patton, On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Kiss of Death, How The West Was Won, Birdman of Alcatraz, Murderer's Row, and Meteor. One of my favorite Malden roles was in the 50s movie Fear Strikes Out, where he played the pushy father of Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall. His last role was a first season episode of The West Wing.

His last appearance in general was a few weeks ago. AFI gave a Life Achievement Award to Michael Douglas and Malden videotaped a congratulations for him. Douglas costarred in The Streets of San Francisco with Malden for several years. The show will air on TV Land July 19.

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Bob Sassone

It's the AFI show that's on July 19.

July 02 2009 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

"The show will air on TV Land July 19."

Is this referring to the AFI award presentation, or the series The Streets of San Francisco? Kinda hope it's the latter; I've always wanted to get into that show. Now I have an excuse. (Best TV theme song ever, by the way.)

July 02 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
terry740

You left out "Nevada Smith " with Steve McQueen !I can still see him screaming at Nevada Smith to kill him as Smith rides off. One of my favorite westerns!

July 02 2009 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Let's not forget that he was nominated for the Oscar twice; for "On The Watrefront" (he lost) and for "Streetcar Named Desire" (he won).

July 01 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BW

R.I.P. Karl.

The great Mollie Sugden (Mrs. Slocombe) from Are You Being Served? died today as well:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8129617.stm

July 01 2009 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

He was probably best known for his role as ...

July 01 2009 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gig

Are you 100% sure?

July 01 2009 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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