Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Karl Malden (1912-2009)
This bad news came in about two hours ago. Malden was the earliest surviving winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, having won for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951. He was of the versatile generation of character actors who could play heroes (On the Waterfront), villains (One-Eyed Jacks) and all the subtle shadings of ordinary life in between. Some may remember him more for television, even for commercials, but that'd be a shame. I'll add to this notice when time permits.