Academy Award winner Karl Malden dead at 97

(CBS) -- Academy Award winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97.

Malden, who may be best known for his role as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s
crime show "The Streets of San Francisco" died of natural causes in Brentwood, California. His family was at his side.

Malden also was well known for his stint as a pitchman for American Express.

He starred in commercials for the company for 21 years. He was the first to
say the line "Don't leave home without it."

Malden was the son of a Czech mother and a Serbian father and worked in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana as a young man after dropping out of college.

He said he got his famous bulbous nose after breaking it a few tmes playing
sports. He once joked he was "the only actor in Hollywood whose nose qualifies him for handicapped parking."

Malden played a variety of roles in the movies and on Broadway. He won a
supporting actor Oscar in 1951 for his role as Mitch in "A Streetcar Named
Desire." He also played that role on Broadway.

He was nominated again in 1954 for another Marlon Brando movie "On the
Waterfront," where he played a priest.

Malden also performed in the films "Patton," Pollyanna," "Fear Strikes
Out," "The Sting II," "Bombers B-52," "Cheyenne Autumn," and "All Fall
Down."

Malden earned five Emmy nominations for his "Streets of San Francisco" role.

In later years, he appeared in a small role on TVs "The West Wing."

He received the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

He was born Mladen Sekulovich in Chicago on March 22, 1912. Malden and his wife, Mona had one of Hollywood's longest marriages, having celebrated their 70th anniversary in December. Besides his wife, Malden is survived by
daughters Mila and Cara, his sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and four great grandchildren.


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