So Long, Mr. Malden...

08/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's sad and scary both to say goodbye to you, because you represented the last man standing from a period in film-making whose like we won't see again.

As we celebrate the Fourth, we should think of you, since you represented all the best possibilities of being American : a young immigrant, full of promise, who found identity and success in the new world.

In your 97 well-lived years, you were a veteran, were married over seventy years to one lady. You were a family man, a dedicated worker, a lover of your craft.

You gave back to your industry on-screen, making Brando and Kazan look good... and off-screen, most recently as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A delightful education awaits those who only remember you from "The Streets Of San Francisco" and the old American Express Travelers Cheques campaign.

Just explore the following Malden titles on

Kiss Of Death (1947)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

On The Waterfront (1954)

Baby Doll (1956)

Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Pollyanna (1960)

Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)

How The West Was Won (1962)

Patton (1970)

If a film actor is judged by the breadth and quality of the work he leaves behind, then you, Karl Malden, were one hell of an actor.

We will miss you.