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Born Mladen Sekulovicin in 1912 and married to the same woman for 70 years, Mr. Malden died today at age 97. I never saw him in “On the waterfront” or “A streetcar named desire” (which earned him an Oscar™). My first memory is of him as the thief with a briefcase full of room keys in “Hotel.” I often cited the character’s trickery while teaching at a hotel school in the 70s. To me, Karl Malden was one of Hollywood’s least glamorous actors: his low-key demeanour and broken-nose looks projected a sense of decency. I bow in admiration.

photo: REUTERS

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