Karl Malden

He had the most piercing blue eyes, and you always had a sense of where you stood with him by looking into them. They shone either with warmth or with wariness, depending on the situation--and if you ever drifted down and looked at his busted-up nose, they grew very wary.

My first meeting with Karl, who died on July 1 at age 97, was in the office of the producer of The Streets of San Francisco, the '70s TV show. I had been recommended for a part, and Karl was giving me the once-over. My dad [actor Kirk Douglas] had worked...

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