He was an Oscar winner, a perennial on TV, a stage actor, a friend and repeat co-star of Marlon Brando, just about always believable and natural in his work. And his believability meant that, for decades, most people took his word on this:
Malden was 97. Look for him on DVD in "Fear Strikes Out," "On the Waterfront," "A Streetcar Named Desire" (his Oscar winner), "The Cincinnati Kid," "Patton." There are also some sets of "The Streets of San Francisco."
Update: TCM has set a Karl Malden tribute on 7/10:
8 p.m. (ET) On the Waterfront (1952) – Malden earned an Oscar-nomination for his performance as a priest who helps prize-fighter wannabe Marlon Brando come to terms with a corrupt boss. Elia Kazan’s gritty drama co-stars Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint and Lee J. Cobb.
10 p.m. (ET) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – Malden took home an Academy Award when he reprised his Broadway role for Elia Kazan’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play. Fellow Oscar winners Vivian Leigh and Kim Hunter co-star, along with screen powerhouse Marlon Brando.
12:15 a.m. (ET) Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) – Malden co-starred opposite Burt Lancaster in this true story about Robert Stroud, a convict who became a world-renowned bird expert. Thelma Ritter, Betty Field, Neville Brand and Telly Savalas also star in this John Frankenheimer drama.