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Karl Malden

1912 - 2009

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Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American stage, movie and television actor who first achieved acclaim in the original Broadway productions of Arthur Miller's All My Sons and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire in 1946-7. Recreating the role of Mitch in the 1951 film of Streetcar, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Malden primarily was a character actor, who according to Robert Berkvist, "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film, and television", especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront (1954), for which he received a second Best Supporting Oscar nomination. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Malden has received more than 3,200,176 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Karl Malden is the 459th most popular actor (up from 489th in 2019), the 867th most popular biography from United States (up from 919th in 2019) and the 236th most popular American Actor.

Karl Malden is most famous for his role as Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak in the 1970s television series Kojak.

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Among actors, Karl Malden ranks 459 out of 9,996Before him are Hanna Schygulla, Michèle Mercier, James Woods, Linda Hamilton, Linda Hunt, and Lola Montez. After him are Hardy Krüger, Raul Julia, Jack Palance, Lex Barker, Mae West, and Jean Harlow.

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Among people born in 1912, Karl Malden ranks 39Before him are Edward Mills Purcell, Jozef Gabčík, Otto Ernst Remer, Minoru Yamasaki, Leonid Kantorovich, and Juan Pujol García. After him are Glenn T. Seaborg, Lawrence Durrell, Sonja Henie, Otto Kretschmer, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, and Chien-Shiung Wu. Among people deceased in 2009, Karl Malden ranks 19Before him are Mercedes Sosa, Ted Kennedy, Omar Bongo, Les Paul, Robert McNamara, and Vivian Maier. After him are Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jean Dausset, Milorad Pavić, Jennifer Jones, and Vitaly Ginzburg.

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Among people born in United States, Karl Malden ranks 867 out of 18,182Before him are John Lithgow (1945), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), Robert Venturi (1925), James Woods (1947), Linda Hamilton (1956), and Linda Hunt (1945). After him are Irwin Rose (1926), Norman Rockwell (1894), William Kemmler (1860), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), Mel Brooks (1926), and Solomon Northup (1808).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Karl Malden ranks 236Before him are Bill Bixby (1934), Jason Robards (1922), John Lithgow (1945), James Woods (1947), Linda Hamilton (1956), and Linda Hunt (1945). After him are Jack Palance (1919), Lex Barker (1919), Mae West (1893), Jean Harlow (1911), Halle Berry (1966), and Meg Ryan (1961).

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