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Actor Karl Malden (1912-2009) RIP

In Films/Film stars, obituaries, television on July 2, 2009 by Editor Z

Academy Award winning Actor Karl Malden, who is best known for his staring role on the 1970s tv series “The Streets of San Fransisco” as well as movies such as “A Street Car Named Desire”, “On the Waterfront”, and the role of General Omar Bradley in “Patton” has died.

Karl Malden, a versatile Oscar-winning actor who built a six-decade Hollywood career playing heroes and heavies — and, often, relatable ordinary men — yet who was certain he was best known as a commercial pitchman for American Express, has died.

He was 97.

Malden died Wednesday of natural causes at his Brentwood home, said Mila Doerner, a daughter.

He received his Academy Award for playing Mitch in the 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a role he originated on Broadway. Two decades later, he starred in the 1970s TV series “The Streets of San Francisco” with Michael Douglas, then in his late 20s.

In a statement to The Times, Douglas called Malden a “mentor” whom he “admired and loved” deeply.

Fourth celebrity to die in less than two weeks.

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