01 July 2009

Karl Malden, 1912 - 2009

The veteran actor died today of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 97.

Malden is best known for his five season run on the ABC television series "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972 to 1977), as well as his role as spokesman for American Express ("Don't leave home without it.")

But the bulk of Malden's career was spent on the movie screen. He won an Oscar for his supporting role in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire," and appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, such as "On the Waterfront," "Patton," and "Gypsy." And like many actors of his generation, he also appeared in a really bad movie or two.

From 1989 to 1992, Malden served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his wife, Mona, and two daughters.