Karl Malden
(Dan Hilliard)
 For many years, in fact almost since the day he decided
to be an actor, Karl Malden has visualized himself playing
a romantic, or at least, a somewhat sentimental role. But
because he wasn't the typically handsome male,
managers failed to see eye to eye with him. His forthright
quality, his strong physique and his forceful manner,
while they impressed directors, nearly always resulted in
Mr. Malden portraying a character which was the
antithesis of the "handsome guy who gets the girl." Now
at last in "The Desperate Hours" Malden emerges as a
true leading man, proving that he had been correct all
along in believing such was his forte. In this thriller
Malden combines the strong man talents that were
obvious along with a flair for the courtliness and gentle
approach he so long dreamed of performing.
   He is one of the most steadily employed members of
Equity and has achieved stage and screen stardom and
is the proud owner of a Hollywood Oscar for his
performance opposite Vivien Leigh in the film version of
"A Streetcar Named Desire," the role he created in the
stage production of the Tennessee Williams drama. His
most recent screen portrayal is that of the fighting priest
in "On the Waterfront" with Marlon Brando. In that motion
picture he was honored by a nomination--his second--for
an Academy Award. Born in Gary, Indiana, of Yugoslav
descent, Mr. Malden studied at the Goodman Art Institute
in Chicago before coming to New York. As a member of
the now defunct but well remembered Group Theatre, he
first appeared in their production of "Golden Boy." He will
also be recalled by theatre-goers who saw "The Gentle
People," "Key Largo," "Flight to the West," "Missouri
Legend," "Uncle Harry," "Counterattack," "Sons and
Soldiers," "The Assassin," "Truckline Cafe," "Quiet City,"
"All My Sons," "Peer Gynt," and "Desire Under the Elms."
During his service with the Air Corps, he acted in
"Winged Victory." In addition to the aforementioned films,
Malden had important roles in "Boomerang," "The
Gunfighter," "Where the Pavement Ends," "Halls of
Montezuma," "Diplomatic Courier," "Ruby Gentry" and
"Take the High Ground." He and his petite wife, actress
Mona Graham, are the parents of two young daughters.
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