An actor to admire

I’m sad to read that the actor Karl Malden just passed away.  I remember him as child in all those “Don’t leave home without it!” commercials.    Later, I admired him for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire (one of my favorite plays).

210px-Karl_malden_eva_marie_saint_waterfront_4But I’ll always love him most for his role in On the Waterfront. He plays a crusading priest who gets Marlon Brando to listen to his conscience and take a stand against waterfront corruption.  The scene where he eulogizes the victim of mob violence is so powerful … and a great reminder of the role that religion can (and must) play in achieving social justice for all.

I just learned something else about him, too.  According to this article, he was married to his wife for 70 years  (70!) .  Even if he weren’t a tremendously gifted actor, I’d admire him enormously for that.

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