Karl Malden was an Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor who appears as Father Thomas Cavanaugh in the episode Take This Sabbath Day. He did not appear on-screen in film or television after his appearance in this episode.
He won the Academy award for best supporting actor for his role as Harold Mitchell in the 1951 movie "A Streetcar Named Desire". Malden is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Detective Mike Stone on the TV show "The Streets of San Francisco". Although nominated four times for his role on the show, he never won. His Emmy award would come later for his role in the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision".
He was the spokesman for The American Express company for 21 years in the 1970's, 1980's, and early 1990's. The tagline of his commercials, "The American Express Card: Don't leave home without it." became one of the most recognized phrases in commercial advertising, and it (and variations of it) was used by many other celebrity spokespersons for the company in future advertisements, as well as being parodied onnumerous occasions.
He died on July 2nd, 2009, at the age of 97.