Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor Karl Malden died today at age 97.
Malden won an Oscar for his role in "Streetcar Named Desire" in 1952, but is also known for starring in the popular 1970s television show, "Streets of San Francisco." Malden played the wiser, older mentor to Michael Douglas's younger, rookie cop.
I have never seen a full episode of "Streets of San Francisco," but I do remember him well from "Streetcar" and other movie roles. Mostly, I remember his American Express commercials.
In fact, one of my strongest Karl Malden memories doesn't even really feature Malden at all. It's Johnny Carson doing a spoof of Malden's AMEX commercials (below).
Here's some actual video of Malden in "Streets of San Francisco."