Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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Karl Malden (1912 - 2009)

Karl Malden. When Ben told me at the office, the world froze. I could feel myself welling up. Something Farrah, Michael, and the Orange Glo guy couldn't do was get this reaction out of me. This overwhelming sadness, the knowledge that the world was now a much dimmer place.

And yet I can only think of one film that I've seen him in: his Oscar-nominated role in <span style="font-style:italic;">On the Waterfront</span>. My grandfather made me watch it once, and I am forever in his debt because of it. Malden's performance as Father Barry was incredible, captivating. Edmond O'Brien won for The Barefoot Contessa, but I just...I can't see anything being better than this:

I don't care for a world without Father Barry.

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