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OPINION
July 8, 2009
Re "Karl Malden, 1912 - 2009: Oscar winner also known for TV ads," Obituary, July 2 We lost one of the all-time greats when legendary actor Karl Malden recently passed away. I must, however, disagree with any notion that his astonishing film and Broadway performances "were eclipsed by his American Express pitchman role." Yes, he must have made a mint doing those commercials, and thank goodness for that. But make no mistake: His Broadway, then Oscar-winning performances earned him a place in the pantheon of Hollywood's brightest and best.
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OPINION
July 8, 2009
Re "Karl Malden, 1912 - 2009: Oscar winner also known for TV ads," Obituary, July 2 We lost one of the all-time greats when legendary actor Karl Malden recently passed away. I must, however, disagree with any notion that his astonishing film and Broadway performances "were eclipsed by his American Express pitchman role." Yes, he must have made a mint doing those commercials, and thank goodness for that. But make no mistake: His Broadway, then Oscar-winning performances earned him a place in the pantheon of Hollywood's brightest and best.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Karl Malden, a versatile Oscar-winning actor who built a six-decade Hollywood career playing heroes and heavies -- and, often, relatable ordinary men -- yet who was certain he was best known as a commercial pitchman for American Express, has died. He was 97. Malden died Wednesday of natural causes at his Brentwood home, said Mila Doerner, a daughter. He received his Academy Award for playing Mitch in the 1951 film "A Streetcar Named Desire," a role he originated on Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Karl Malden, a versatile Oscar-winning actor who built a six-decade Hollywood career playing heroes and heavies -- and, often, relatable ordinary men -- yet who was certain he was best known as a commercial pitchman for American Express, has died. He was 97. Malden died Wednesday of natural causes at his Brentwood home, said Mila Doerner, a daughter. He received his Academy Award for playing Mitch in the 1951 film "A Streetcar Named Desire," a role he originated on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1991 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Judith Michaelson is a Times staff writer.
At 76, his face is unlined, his cheeks are rosy and the familiar "don't leave home without it" voice booms off the walls of a conference room. He still lifts weights, though they're not nearly as heavy as in the years when he was in high school in Gary, Ind., or working--and playing basketball for the tournament team--at the local steel mill.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Harold Russell, the former Army instructor who won an Academy Award as a handless sailor in "The Best Years of Our Lives," is selling the golden statuette to the highest bidder--over the protests of those who awarded it. "My wife has to have an eye operation and we had a problem with the house and I need some money," the 78-year-old Russell said in a telephone interview from his home in Hyannisport, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
President Karl: Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a third consecutive term. Malden is beginning his eighth year as a member of the academy's board.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2003
Acting honors: Karl Malden, whose credits range from "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" to "The Streets of San Francisco," will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild at its awards ceremony Feb. 22.
NEWS
October 1, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Actor Karl Malden is joining the panel that recommends subjects for new U.S. postage stamps, the U.S. Postal Service announced today. Malden, president of the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is one of five new members chosen for the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. The group screens the nearly 30,000 letters received annually suggesting stamp subjects and makes recommendations to the postmaster general.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2004 | Nancy Rommelmann, Special to The Times
"WHERE we're standing is going to be a 120-seat theater," Gil Cates said of the courtyard of the Geffen Playhouse, where nearly 500 theater angels gathered Monday night for the third annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser. "There's gonna be new dressing rooms, bathrooms, a donor's lounge, the whole geshrai. Hey!" Cates, producing director of the Geffen, opened his arms to Tom and Dick Smothers. "These guys are so great, they flew in all the way from Kansas City to be here."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2004 | Nancy Rommelmann, Special to The Times
"WHERE we're standing is going to be a 120-seat theater," Gil Cates said of the courtyard of the Geffen Playhouse, where nearly 500 theater angels gathered Monday night for the third annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser. "There's gonna be new dressing rooms, bathrooms, a donor's lounge, the whole geshrai. Hey!" Cates, producing director of the Geffen, opened his arms to Tom and Dick Smothers. "These guys are so great, they flew in all the way from Kansas City to be here."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2003
Acting honors: Karl Malden, whose credits range from "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" to "The Streets of San Francisco," will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild at its awards ceremony Feb. 22.
NEWS
November 15, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no grand, patriotic plan by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in scheduling during wartime a screening of the newly restored World War II epic, "Patton." The Oscar-winning film is playing Friday at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1998 | Charles Champlin, Charles Champlin is the retired arts editor of The Times
Even now, when the commercials no longer run, strangers who run into Karl Malden invariably say, "I hope you didn't leave home without it" or some variation thereon. And a few years ago, going to lunch in Studio City, Malden found a parking space across Ventura Boulevard from the restaurant and, seeing no cars in either direction, crossed the street. A police car sped into view and ticketed him for jaywalking.
SPORTS
February 12, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT
U.S. men's hockey Coach Ron Wilson had a reunion with Herb Brooks, who was his coach with the Minnesota North Stars and helped him arrange to play for the Swiss team Davos. Brooks, in Nagano to coach the French team, and Wilson had a long chat Wednesday morning before the U.S. team practiced. "We talked in general, about playing on the big ice surface," Wilson said. "I've spoken at length in the past with Herb about hockey. He has a brilliant hockey mind.'
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since "Metro" stars Eddie Murphy and since it opens in a quiet week, this stale action thriller may well attract audiences who can't get enough of Murphy or mindless, bone-crunching violence, no matter how totally uninspired and credibility-defying the circumstances. Cast as a San Francisco police department hostage negotiator, Murphy is his usual witty, charismatic self, which serves only to underline how inferior this film really is.
OPINION
February 25, 1990
The Times committed a serious breach of some long-established ground rules when one of its editorial writers strayed from affairs in Baku and City Hall and fired off a couple of hip shots at the Academy Award nominations ("Did They Do the Right Thing?" Feb. 16). Disagreeing with some aspect or other of the academy's list is a venerable sport, and we publish the nominations each year with the full understanding that everyone--including each individual member of the academy--will find a number of inclusions or omissions to quarrel with.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
He was 12, going on 13, and having lunch with his uncle at the Yale Club in Manhattan on his first trip in from the suburbs alone. Naturally, his uncle asked what had brought him to the city. Unwilling to risk disapproval, he lied. "I told him," William Woodman recalled, "that I was going to see a matinee of 'Make Mine Manhattan,' which was a very forgettable musical revue at the time. "That was my front for 'Streetcar.' " Recounting the details of his first encounter with Tennessee Williams' steamy, luminous and passionate masterwork, Woodman skips to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, where "A Streetcar Named Desire" premiered in 1947 with a brilliant cast: Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Harold Russell, the former Army instructor who won an Academy Award as a handless sailor in "The Best Years of Our Lives," is selling the golden statuette to the highest bidder--over the protests of those who awarded it. "My wife has to have an eye operation and we had a problem with the house and I need some money," the 78-year-old Russell said in a telephone interview from his home in Hyannisport, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
President Karl: Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a third consecutive term. Malden is beginning his eighth year as a member of the academy's board.
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