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Remembering Karl Malden

Michael Douglas talks about being mentored by the longtime actor

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March 22, 1912-July 1, 2009

He was my lifelong mentor, both professionally and personally. I worshipped the man. He took me under his wing and helped me understand the whole acting process in a way that I never would have, as far as learning how to listen. You understand why he was a costar of Marlon Brando’s for so many years, in movies like On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire: He was a great listener. He had a phenomenal work ethic. The writers on The Streets of San Francisco would hate us because we would rehearse so much that we would pick up the pace. So the scripts had to be six or seven pages longer. And he had a great sense of humor — he loved a dirty joke as much as anyone I knew.

Malden died of undisclosed causes in Los Angeles.