Closing Credits: Karl Malden
Karl Malden, aged ninety seven has died in his sleep, at home on Wednesday night.
Although he doesn't have a rolling list of credits to his name, his face and distinctive voice will make you remember him immediately, and if you were ever a fan of the television show The Streets of San Francisco, then you'll definitely remember him.
However there's much more to him than leading that television series for some one hundred and twenty episodes from 1972 to 1977.
One of his early roles was in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, a role he played on Broadway before the film version.
"...the most brilliant actor I've worked with."
Call me sentimental, but Pollyanna was a good fun family film and I do remember his role in that. His demeanour always seemed to be of a warm and accessible actor, and this definitely came through in his more family orientated films such as this one.
Oh yes, without a doubt it's a cheesy film, but there's something I love about it, especially with the huge actors playing it like it was much bigger.
Karl Malden was an impressive and indeed an iconic actor and the thoughts of all of us at Filmstalker are with his family and friends.