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Durable Oscar Winner Karl Malden Dies at 97

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Durable Oscar Winner Karl Malden Dies at 97

Originally posted 07/01/2009 04:25PM

Karl Malden, the bulbous-nosed character actor who won a Best Supporting Oscar for his role as Mitch, the guiless suitor of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 classic A Street Car Named Desire – a role he created on Broadway – and lent his particular brand of gravitas to American Express commercials in the 1980s, died Wednesday of natural causes in his Brentwood, Calif., home, his family announced. He was 97.

Born Malden Sekulovich to Czech and Siberian immigrants in Chicago, Malden barely spoke English as a child until the family moved to Gary, Indiana. He returned to the Windy City in the '30s and studied acting at the Goodman Theatre Dramatic School, before making his Broadway debut in 1940.

He would go on to star in more than 50 Hollywood films, often playing richly complex and often dark characters, while also making a mark on the small screen starting in 1972, on The Streets of San Francisco. He played a veteran police investigator who takes under his wing a young greenhorn, played by Michael Douglas.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Bobby Brown Back in Jail

Originally posted 02/23/2004 12:10PM

JAILED: He's baaaack. Singer Bobby Brown was back in a Georgia jail Saturday after reportedly violating the terms of his probation, the Associated Press reports. Brown, 35, was being held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail following an appearance before a judge on Friday. What the former New Edition star had done to break his probation was not immediately clear, although initial press reports indicate it may be related to his misdemeanor battery charge following a dustup in December with wife Whitney Houston. Brown is expected to remain in custody until a hearing on Friday.

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