Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Karl Malden

Karl Malden died today at the age of 97. And while I'm sure a lot of people my age remember his American Express commercials -- and Johnny Carson's parodies of them -- from the 1970's, it's easy to forget what a great actor the man was.

There's no way I can hear the man's name and not think of this clip from 1954's On The Waterfront.

And it's probably a good thing I never saw the entire film until a good two years after I dropped out of Bible college for the 2nd and final time 'cause this sort of thing could have inspired me to stay in the game.

But that's another story!

Here's Mr. Malden at his finest (along with some great dialogue, direction, cinematography, and music):