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Karl Malden Biography

Birth Name:
Mladen Sekulovich
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father
  • Changed his name at age 22
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1937 and his film debut in 1940's They Knew What They Wanted
  • Originated the role of Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway in 1947; reprised the role in the film version in 1951, for which received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award
  • Both of his Oscar nominations were for films opposite Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan
  • Earned four Emmy nominations for his role as Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco (1972-77) but never won
  • Served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1989-1992
  • His 1997 autobiography, When Do I Start?, was co-authored by his daughter Carla

Awards

  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1954Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1951Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner

Relationships

  • Milo Sekulovich -- Brother
  • Mila Doerner -- Daughter
  • Petar Sekulovich -- Father
  • Minnie Sekulovich -- Mother
  • Mona Greenberg -- Wife