Wednesday, July 1, 2009

so sad, so sad

This week has not been too kind at all -- first Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett, then Michael Jackson, and now we have learned that Karl Malden passed away today. At 97 years old, Karl was a legendary actor whose career spanned over seven decades. He often collaborated with Marlon Brando and director Elia Kazan in film and stage, his two best known screen roles were in A Streetcar Named Desire as Mitch, Stanley's friend who is interested in Blanche but is an ardent mama's boy (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1951), and On the Waterfront as Father Barry, a man who believes works to stop the control the mob has over the docks. His most notable film appearances also include: One-Eyed Jacks (his third and last Brando collaboration); Baby Doll as Archie Lee Meighan, the frustrated husband of a sexually withholding teenage Carroll Baker; Gypsy; The Cincinnati Kid; How the West Was Won; and Patton. He also starred as a cop alongside Michael Douglas in the 1970s crime series The Streets of San Francisco.
Rest in peace, Karl. You will be sorely missed.