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Karl Malden

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Played Lt. Rock on the tv screen series, The Roads of SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, a job which garnered him four Emmy nominations. He’s also well-known for his Oscar earning role within a Streetcar Called Desire. He was created using the name, Mladen Sekulovich, but he shortened it such that it could in shape the theater’s marquee symptoms. Through the 70’s & 80’s, he was a spokesperson for American Express. He wedded Mona Greenberg in 1938 plus they got two kids, Mila and Carla. He starred in the film, For the Waterfront with Marlon Brando.

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Full Name Jerome Karle
Date Of Birth March 22, 1912
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.85 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Abraham Lincoln High School, City College of New York, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy, DePaul University
Nationality American, American, Serbian
Spouse Mona Greenberg, Mona Greenberg
Children Carla Malden, Mila Malden
Parents Petar Sekulovich, Minnie Sebera
Awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Satellite Mary Pickford Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Movies On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, Patton, Baby Doll, One-Eyed Jacks, The Cincinnati Kid, How the West Was Won, Birdman of Alcatraz, I Confess, Cheyenne Autumn, Fear Strikes Out, Nevada Smith, Dead Ringer, Pollyanna, The Gunfighter, The Cat o' Nine Tails, The Hanging Tree, Billion Dollar Brain, Halls of Montezuma, Gypsy, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Bombers B-52, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, Murderers' Row, Ruby Gentry, All Fall Down, Kiss of Death, Wild Rovers, Meteor, The Sting II, They Knew What They Wanted, Take the High Ground!, Parrish, The Summertime Killer, Twilight Time, Hot Millions, Miracle on Ice, Diplomatic Courier, Billy Galvin, Winged Victory, Back to the Streets of San Francisco, The Great Impostor, My Father, My Son, The Sellout, Absolute Strangers, Nuts, The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro, Operation Secret, Hotel
TV Shows Unsolved Mysteries, Skag, The Streets of San Francisco, Fatal Vision
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#Fact
1Appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), How the West Was Won (1962) and Patton (1970). Of those, On the Waterfront (1954) and Patton (1970) are winners in the category.
2Release of his autobiography, "When Do I Start?: A Memoir" by Karl with Carla Malden. [1997]
3Is one of 8 actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Spencer Tracy for San Francisco (1936) and Boys Town (1938); Charles Bickford for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way (1944); Gregory Peck for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.
4Acting mentor and friend of Michael Douglas.
5Met Harry Morgan in the play of 'Golden Boy.' They would later be friends for over 70 years until Malden's death in 2009.
6Father-in-law of Laurence Starkman.
7Remained good friends with Michael Douglas, during and after The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
8After a young Dick York who was coming into the hallway, out of the men's washroom, Malden was looking for him to play the role in Tea and Sympathy. He thought York was right for the role, which eventually paid off.
9Best remembered on TV for his starring role as Lt. Mike Stone on The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
10Was also good friends with the late Telly Savalas.
11His wife graduated from Roosevelt High School in Emporia, Kansas, where she attended Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia St. University). He and Mona visited the campus in 1959, and was impressed by the ESU Summer Theatre. He returned in the summer of 1964, to teach, working with the actors in the company. Prior to leaving, he gave his honorarium to established the Karl Malden Scholarship, which is still given today.
12After his father's death, six years later, he traveled to his father's real-life hometown of Yugoslavia, there, he helped produce the film Twilight Time (1982), a private movie.
13Graduated from Chicago Art Institute in 1937, and came back to Gary, Indiana, without work or money.
14Before he was a successful actor, he worked in the steel mills.
15Served as a noncommissioned officer in the 8th Air Force.
16His father, Petar Sekulovich, worked in the steel mills and as a milkman, his mother, Minnie Sekulovich, was a seamstress.
17Started acting when he was only 15.
18The eldest of three sons born to Serbian immigrants Petar and Minnie Sekulovich, he was raised in the Serbian community of Gary, Indiana, where his father worked as a milkman.
19In high school he played basketball and was president of his class. He broke his nose twice playing sports as a teenager.
20Was offered a scholarship to attend Chicago's Goodman Theater, where he met his future wife, Mona Malden (nee Mona Greenberg), a fellow scholarship student. They wed in 1938 and remained married for over 70 years until Karl's death in 2009.
21At the urging of Elia Kazan, he change his name from Mladen Sekulovich to Karl Malden, taking his maternal grandfather's given name for his first name, and switching a couple of letters of his own first name for his last name. Malden remained a strong friend of Kazan's after the famed director was chastised by the Hollywood community for naming names before the House of Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. He strongly supported Kazan's controversial "lifetime achievement" Oscar honor, claiming that politics should have no place when it comes to awarding artistic merit.
22A pitchman for American Express commercials for decades, his slogan ("Don't leave home without them") became a national catchphrase.
23Was a spokesperson for American Express Traveler's Checks, from 1968 to 1989.
24Graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana, in 1931, with high grades.
25The most controversial film he starred in was Baby Doll (1956), which he played a dullard husband whose child bride is exploited by a businessman. The film was condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency for what was termed its "carnal suggestiveness." It was written by Tennessee Williams.
26Long before Michael Douglas, worked with him, Malden's friendship with Douglas' father began in 1940, when a 23-year-old unfamiliar actor, Kirk Douglas, attended New York Summer Stock with him, prior to Kirk's summer vacation from college. This association led Kirk's son to having a co-starring role opposite Kirk's classmate in The Streets of San Francisco (1972), at the time Michael's father said to him that he was about to learn a lot from his father's classmate.
27He had not saved enough money to pay for one semester of schooling at the Goodman Theatre, the dramatic arm of the Chicago Art Institute, despite his working in the steel mills for a few years. He made a deal with the director of the program, hence, he gambled what little money he had agreeing that if he impressed the staff during his first semester, he would be given a full scholarship.
28While working at an acting workshop in New York, he brought Eva Marie Saint, whom he knew.
29He quit working in the steel mills at 22 to study acting at the Goodman Theatre because he wasn't getting anywhere in the mills.
30He always practised meticulous preparation, studying a script carefully long before he stepped into the role.
31On December 12, 2008, just six days before his 70th wedding anniversary, Malden was inducted into the Wall of Legends, at St. Sava Church in San Gabriel, California, where Milan Opacich paid tribute to a wonderful man who was a great benefactor of a Serbian Ortodox church.
32His family moved to Gary, Indiana, when he was 5.
33As a teenager, he joined the Karageorge Choir.
34His father, Petar Sekulovich, produced Serbian plays at his church.
35After he graduated from high school at the top of his class, he briefly left Gary, Indiana, to move to Arkansas, where he'd hoped to get a college athletics scholarship. The college turned him down due to his refusal to play football, other than basketball, hence, he returned to his hometown of Gary, Indiana.
36On November 11, 2004, his ex-The Streets of San Francisco (1972), co-star, Michael Douglas, presented him with the Monte Cristo Award of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Among the recipients besides Malden were Jason Robards, Zoe Caldwell, Edward Albee, August Wilson and Brian Dennehy.
37On November 12, 2005, the Los Angeles Barrington Station renamed the building, after him, in Los Angeles, California, in honor of his proud achievements. This was followed by a passage of a bill founded by U.S. Congressman, Henry Waxman.
38Was best friends with: Norman Lloyd, Harry Morgan, Lee J. Cobb, Angela Lansbury, Telly Savalas, Jane Wyman, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Robert Wagner, Shelley Winters, Eva Marie Saint, Marlon Brando, Elia Kazan, Vivien Leigh, Eli Wallach, Kirk Douglas, Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Kennedy, Richard Widmark and Carroll Baker.
39In 2001, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Valparaiso University.
40Of Serbian and Czechoslovakian descent.
41Raised in the same city as Michael Jackson.
42Received both of his Oscar-nominations for movies also starring Marlon Brando.
43Has two daughters, Mila Malden and Carla Malden. Carla co-authored his autobiography "When Do I Start".
44Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1963
45President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1992
46Was a close friend of The Magnificent Seven (1960) star Brad Dexter. who was also of Serbian descent.
47The Maldens married in 1938 and stayed married until his death in 2009, making theirs the third longest marriage in Hollywood history surpassing the 69 years of Bob Hope and Dolores Hope (1934 until his death in 2003) and just behind Art Linkletter and Lois Foerster (married 1935-2010) with 74 years, and Norman Lloyd and Peggy Lloyd, who hold the record with 75 years.
48In 1971, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Director" on behalf of Franklin J. Schaffner, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
49Born Mladen Sekulovich, he always regretted that in order to become an actor, he had to change his name. Since he was proud of his heritage, when he starred in a movie or on TV, he insisted that a character carry his family name: In On the Waterfront (1954), Fred Gwynne's character was named "Sekulovich".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fear Strikes Out1957John Piersall
Baby Doll1956Archie Lee Meighan
On the Waterfront1954Father Barry
Phantom of the Rue Morgue1954Dr. Marais
Take the High Ground!1953Sgt. Laverne Holt
I Confess1953Inspector Larrue
Ruby Gentry1952Jim Gentry
Operation Secret1952Maj. Latrec
Diplomatic Courier1952Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
The Sellout1952Capt. Buck Maxwell
Celanese Theatre1952TV Series
A Streetcar Named Desire1951Mitch
Halls of Montezuma1951Doc
Armstrong Circle Theatre1950TV Series
Where the Sidewalk Ends1950Lt. Thomas
The Gunfighter1950Mac
The Ford Theatre Hour1949TV SeriesFriedrich Bhaer
Kiss of Death1947Sgt. William Cullen
Boomerang!1947Det. Lt. White (uncredited)
13 Rue Madeleine1946Jump Master (uncredited)
Winged Victory1944Adams (as Cpl. Karl Malden)
They Knew What They Wanted1940Red
The Streets of the Invisibles2011ShortMike Stone (voice)
The West Wing2000TV SeriesFather Thomas Cavanaugh
The Lionhearts1998TV Series
Biography1995TV Series documentaryP.T. Barnum
They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping1993TV MovieEd Ray
Back to the Streets of San Francisco1992TV MovieMike Stone
Absolute Strangers1991TV MovieFred Zusselman
Call Me Anna1990TV MovieDoctor Harold Arlen
The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro1989TV MovieLeon Klinghoffer
My Father, My Son1988TV MovieElmo Zumwalt Jr.
Nuts1987Arthur Kirk
Billy Galvin1986Jack Galvin
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Walrus
With Intent to Kill1984TV MovieThomas E. Nolan
Fatal Vision1984TV Mini-SeriesFreddy Kassab
The Sting II1983Gus Macalinski
Twilight Time1982Marko Sekulovic
Miracle on Ice1981TV MovieHerb Brooks
Word of Honor1981TV MovieMike McNeill
Meteor1979Harry Sherwood
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure1979Wilbur Hubbard
Captains Courageous1977TV MovieDisko Troop
The Streets of San Francisco1972-1977TV SeriesDetective Lt. Mike Stone Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone
Summertime Killer1972Captain John Kiley
Wild Rovers1971Walter Buckman
The Cat o' Nine Tails1971Franco Arnò
Patton1970Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Hot Millions1968Carlton J. Klemper
Blue1968Doc Morton
Billion Dollar Brain1967Leo Newbigen
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin1967Judge Higgins
Hotel1967Keycase Milne
Murderers' Row1966Julian Wall
Nevada Smith1966Tom Fitch
The Cincinnati Kid1965Shooter
Cheyenne Autumn1964Capt. Wessels
Dead Ringer1964Sgt. Jim Hobbson
Come Fly with Me1963Walter Lucas
Gypsy1962Herbie Sommers
How the West Was Won1962Zebulon Prescott
Birdman of Alcatraz1962Harvey Shoemaker
All Fall Down1962Ralph Willart
Parrish1961Judd Raike
One-Eyed Jacks1961Sheriff Dad Longworth
The Great Impostor1961Father Devlin
Pollyanna1960Reverend Paul Ford
The Hanging Tree1959Frenchy Plante
Bombers B-521957MSgt. Chuck V. Brennan
Time Limit1957Prisoner (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "The Walrus and the Carpenter"
Gypsy1962performer: "Together, Wherever We Go" 1959 - uncredited
How the West Was Won1962performer: "Home in the Meadow" 1962

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hanging Tree1959from 29 July to 30 Aug. 1958, uncredited
Time Limit1957

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life and Times of Kirk Douglas2000Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas2009TV MovieHimself
Who Is Norman Lloyd?2007DocumentaryHimself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Man Named Brando2006Video documentary shortHimself
A Streetcar in Hollywood2006Video documentary shortHimself
A Streetcar on Broadway2006Video documentary shortHimself
Baby Doll: See No Evil2006Video shortHimself
Censorship and Desire2006Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Greats2006TV Series documentaryHimself
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Imagine2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1999-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Special Award to Michael Douglas
Barbra: The Concert1995TV Special documentaryHimself - Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Reflections on the Silver Screen1993TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself / Host
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 43th Annual Directors Guild Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 19901990TV Movie documentaryHost
The 42th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge1990Video documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Unsolved Mysteries1987TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Ralph Bellamy
The 3th Annual American Cinema Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly1985TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Il mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento1985DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1984TV MovieHimself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself / Speaker (uncredited)
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle1980TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Annual National Sports Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Best Director Award for Franklin Schaffner
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Today1968TV SeriesHimself
Caine Below Zero1967Documentary shortHimself / Leo Newbigen
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
Here's Hollywood1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Writing, Screenplay

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marlon Brando tuli Suomeen2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryFather Thomas Cavanaugh (uncredited)
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesDetective Lt. Mike Stone
American Masters1989-2003TV Series documentaryFather Barry / Himself
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes Wednesday1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor (segment "Classic: Arthur Miller")
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryZebulon Prescott (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1963-1971TV SeriesJudge Higgins / Reverend Ford

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
2002Mary Pickford AwardSatellite Awards
1998Lifetime Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film Festival
1997Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialFatal Vision (1984)
1979BambiBambi AwardsTV Series InternationalThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6231 Hollywood Blvd.
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Supporting PerformanceHotel (1967)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalGypsy (1962)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaBaby Doll (1956)
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorBaby Doll (1956)
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleOn the Waterfront (1954)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Supporting Performance, MalePatton (1970)
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Supporting PerformanceGypsy (1962)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Supporting PerformanceThe Hanging Tree (1959)

TitleSalary
Pilot (1980)$75,000 per 1 hour episode

#Quote
1(On Anthony Perkins in Fear Strikes Out (1957)) He couldn't throw a ball. They had to hire a real pro, Tommy Holmes, to go out there and teach him how to throw, and he still couldn't do it. He was afraid of what he had to do, run and physically climb that fence. So he just had to let himself go and what happened, happened. It rubbed him out. Though he didn't know the first thing about the game and had to be taught how to throw a ball from the outfield, "he ended up turning in a stunning performance.
2[Who said in 1962 about studying a script carefully long before he stepped in the role]: I not only figure out my own interpretation of the role, but try to guess other approaches that the director might like. I prepare them, too. That way, I can switch in the middle of a scene with no sweat. There's no such thing as an easy job, not if you do it right.
3[on his friends's and his own experience working in the steel mills]: He said, 'You're a fool. You realized there are people here, who aren't working, and having worked in 3 in 4 to 5 years, and you got a job, you're the one of the lucky ones, you got a job, and now you're going to leave.' From where he came, he felt this is the greatest thing that could've ever happened to him. This country gave him his job, he could feed his family, he had a home, and that's about all he could expect. And maybe I thought, I should've expect.
4[Who said why he quit his steel job in 1934 to attend acting in college]: Because I wasn't getting anywhere in the mills. When I told my father, he said, 'Are you crazy? You want to give up a good job in the middle of the Depression?' Thank God for my mother. She said to give it a try.
5It was a fun time when you were with them, it was just nothing but craziness. And Zera be working in Cafe Society, and finished around 1:30-2:00 A.M., the last show, and never failed. They would come to our apartment, which is on 6th Avenue, 4 flights up, waked us up and said to Mona, 'Alright, scramble some eggs, toast, make us some coffee, and at 2:00-3:00 A.M., we will be having some toast, coffee and scrambled eggs.
6[Who was tall enough to play basketball]: While I was waiting for you to arrive, I was sitting here thinking about that 1930-31 basketball season of my senior year. We were playing Hammond High School, and we were just down by one point as the final seconds of the game were ticking away. I shot the winning basket. I'll never forget what it felt like at that moment.
7I never believed that politics had a place in art, that is to say, not in artistic relationships.
8[on his friendship with Elia Kazan that led him to the feud of Mostel]: Zera couldn't stand seeing a guy, like Kazan, do what he did, and therefore, he even took it out on me and Mona. For a couple of years, this is what happened in New York, at that time, it split people who became close.
9[on actors who have moved on to their own film careers, with the exception of himself]: And then they talk to you about frustration. The first play I was in, Golden Boy, from that play, John Garfield, went to Hollywood, became a big star. Three years went by, and I did another play with another handsome actor, Gregory Peck, who left that play and went to Hollywood, became a big star, and here I am, plowing away, working away, this is years going by.
10[on being a professional actor, who knew what it was like when he worked with his bare hands]: If you look in those mills, and you do it long enough, you never forget that, that's there to stay because you feel you've being used for, not for what you have here, but what you have in your body, in your muscle. It's demeaning in a way because you're a human being.
11During that McCarthy period, I was a frightened young man. I was working, but I was frightened.
12[When he traveled to Chicago and needed to ask if Goodman School had acting classes]: They asked me how much money I had, and I told them I had saved my every dime from working in the mills, which was about $300. Well, they told me the school tuition for a year was $900. But the man in charge of the school made me an offer I'll never forget it. He asked me if I was a gambler. He said if I paid the $300, he would take me on and if I worked hard and proved I had talent, somehow he'd find the rest of the tuition money for me.
13Working in the mills was hard work, but it was good money, I started out as a laborer making $3.49 a day and later, got moved to an even harder position as a bricklayer that had better pay for $5 a day. And for three long and hard years I wondered to myself if this was where I was going to end up for the rest of my life. Finally, I decided I couldn't stay.
14[In 2007]: I don't go to the movies. There's nothing I want to see. My wife will go out with friends to see a movie now and then, but there's nothing I want to see.
15I never thought I was salable. I learned in my second year of drama school that I was not a leading man -- I was a character actor. So I thought, I'd better be the best character actor around.
16I have an open-hearth face.
17I am thrilled to be honored by the Screen Actors Guild because I've been with it for such a long time. The Screen Actors Guild is sort of a highfalutin name for a union, and this union was always wonderful to work for. For the rank-and-file of the union to honor me is the best compliment I can receive.
18People have told me that I came to this industry at its Golden Age. But when I was there, it was just an age.
19I'm a workaholic. I love every movie I've been in, even the bad ones, every TV series, every play, because I love to work. It's what keeps me going.
20[on his early days] "My father was a milkman. So, I delivered milk."

#Trademark
1His strong, Czech, commanding voice.
2His expansive manner.
3Bulbous, mis-shapen nose - he broke it twice playing sports as a teenager

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