HWOF

Search

About this star

Karl Malden

Previous star: Jackie Gleason

Biography

Publicity photo, c. 1950s

Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich) was an American actor of Czech and Serbian descent known for his performances in classic films. As a teenager, Malden was interested in both drama and sports. Malden took part in many of the plays his father produced at their family’s church but was also the star of his high school basketball team. According to his autobiography, Malden’s trademark bulbous nose resulted from two broken noses he received while playing high school basketball.

After a brief stint working in the steel mills, Malden turned to acting as a profession,. He joined a theater company and changed his name so it would fit on the theater marquee. In a career that spanned more than seven decades, Malden featured in classic Marlon Brando films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks. Among his other notable film roles were Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. He was also well-known for his television role as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco.

Malden died of natural causes at the age of 97, ending an over 70-year-long marriage to his wife, Mona Greenberg. Their marriage was one of the longest in the history of Hollywood.

Fact file

  • Born: Mladen George Sekulovich March 22, 1912 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: July 1, 2009 (aged 97) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Alma mater: DePaul University
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1937–2000
  • Home town: Gary, Indiana (raised)
  • Spouse(s): Mona Greenberg (1938–2009; his death, 2 daughters)
  • Children: Mila Malden Carla Malden
  • Parent(s): Petar Sekulović, Minnie (née Sebera) Sekulovich
  • Awards: Awards and recognition

Read more about Karl Malden at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 22
Playbill Combined , 2015-03-22 04:00:54
1912 Karl Malden is born in Chicago, Illinois today. He will appear in numerous Broadway productions, most memorably as Mitch in the original A Streetcar Named Desire.

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 22
Playbill Combined , 2013-03-22 04:00:00
1912 Karl Malden is born in Chicago, Illinois today. He will appear in numerous Broadway productions, most memorably as Mitch in the original A Streetcar Named Desire.

Today In Theatre History: MARCH 22
Playbill Combined , 2010-03-22 04:00:00
1913 Karl Malden is born in Chicago, Illinois today. He will appear in numerous Broadway productions, most memorably as Mitch in the original A Streetcar Named Desire.

Hollywood Blvd, north side, between Argyle and Vine

Find out more about this area

From here you can:

Nearby you will also find Buster Keaton, Jackie Gleason, Constance Collier, Jane Froman, and many others.