Karl Malden was an actor most famously remembered for his role as Detective Mike Stone in the hit television show of the 1970's, The Streets of San Francisco. Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father on March 22nd 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., Malden started his acting career on Broadway. He received critical acclaim for his performances in All My Sons and A Streetcar Named Desire. His transition to the screen provided further acclaim when Malden won an Oscar for his movie performance as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951. Malden's versatility as an actor saw a variety of roles come his way. On the Waterfront 1954, Baby Doll 1956 and Cheyenne Autumn 1964 proving Malden's creative flexibility. His distinctive physical features often drew comment but his very distinctive voice also served him well. It was known to millions as the voice of American Express for twenty-one years. Malden's reputation within the acting community is best exemplified by his election as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1988. Mladen George Sekulovich died on July 1st 2009 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. from natural causes.