Karl Malden's birth name is Mladen Sekulovich. On the interior set of "The Streets of San Francisco", a desk bearing a nameplate that reads, "Patrolman Sekulovich" was played by Art Passarella, an ex-baseball umpire who is Malden's stand-in as well. The name Sekulovich materializes in other ways on the show, too, occasionally minor characters are given the name, usually bad guys, funny-looking people or stupid characters.
Malden co-starred in On the Watefront with the likes of Marlon Brando. In the scene where all the union thugs have been subpoenaed to testify in front of the crime commission the commission does a roll call. The character played by Fred Gwynne answers to the name Mladen Sekulovich--Karl Malden's real name.
Karl Malden portrayed General Omar S. Bradley in the movie Patton. The real Bradley, who served as a technical advisor on the film, and Malden became friends in real life.
In 1985, Karl won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his performance in the miniseries, Fatal Vision.
Karl has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that is located at 6231 Hollywood Blvd. He received it for his work in Motion Pictures.
In 2004, Karl was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
Karl's mother was Czech and his father was Serbian.
Karl was a close friend of The Magnificent Seven star Brad Dexter.
His 67 year marriage to Mona Graham is the second longest in Hollywood history.
In 1951, Karl won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire.
In the early 1970's, Karl became the pitchman for American Express, a job he held for 21 years.
In the late 1980's Karl published his memoir entitled, When Do I Start?: A Memoir.
In 1988, he was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and held that position for five years.
After moving to New York, Karl became involved with the Group Theater, an organization of actors and directors that quickly changed the face of New York's theater scene.
In 1934, Karl left his native Gary, Indiana to attend the Arkansas State Teacher's College.
Karl has been married to Mona Graham since 1938.
After he graduated high school, Karl went to work in Gary's steel industry until 1934.
Karl Malden did not learn how to speak English until he was in kindergarten.
Karl Malden: (Acting advice Malden gave to his up-and-coming "Streets of San Fransisco" co-star Michael Douglas) Son, when you're doing crap, do it quickly. We are doing crap.