Karl Malden is dead.The theater actor will probably best be remembered for reprising his stage role as Mitch in Elia Kazan’s Streetcar Named Desire, for which he won the supporting actor Oscar. He also made his mark in Kazan’s On the Waterfront. While Malden played his share of villains, he was known for his decency, finally. He represented something good in all of us. In 1962, John Frankenheimer starred him in both The Birdman of Alcatraz and All Fall Down. Walden stood up to Rosalind Russell in Gypsy and played Bradley to George C. Scott’s Patton.
Later in life, he starred opposite Michael Douglas in the popular TV series The Streets of San Francisco. He served for a time as president of the Academy, and a pitchman for American Express: “Don’t Leave home without it.” We should all wish to generate such respect and affection, and live so long.
UPDATE: In Contention collects some Malden obits.
originally posted on Variety.com