Thursday, 2 July 2009

R.I.P. Karl Malden

Let me just make a point of saying I don't do R.I.P. posts about every famous person that's passed away. This is my third R.I.P. post in a matter of months but I only blog about those that touch me in some way.

I grew up knowing Karl Malden as the reverend from Disney's Pollyanna. His fiery sermons scared the hell out of me. When I got older I got to know him more from The Streets of San Francisco, as a frequent Marlon Brando costar in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One Eyed Jacks, and a star of so many other countless films.

While it's sad that we've lost a legendary actor, we can be glad he made it to a great age - 97.

Please take the time to watch him in this clip from Pollyanna. This priest scared the shit out of me as a child and, as an adult, I can't help but giggle. The churchgoers' reactions are priceless. (And I love the shaking chandelier!)