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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 www.bestmoviesbyfarr.com:

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.