My bad. I guess the Grim Reaper wasn't done afterall. Or it could be that he's trying to knock out that "death comes in threes" theory in duplicate. Whatever the case may be, yet another Hollywood celebrity has bit the dust.
Actor Karl Malden died in his sleep early yesterday morning. He was 97-years-old.
I was trying to think of why the name sounded familiar to me. It wasn't because of the movies that he was most famous for such as "Streetcar Named Desire" or "Patton". To be honest, I haven't even seen either one so that couldn't have been it. It was because he also was in one of the several disaster movies of the 70s: the flick "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure". That was part of it anyway.
I didn't realize that he played on a show called "The Streets of San Francisco" where he was the old wise cop and a then relatively unknown Michael Douglas was the brash, young mentee. Funny thing about that is if you look at old clips, the both of them haven't really changed that much. Malden looked old even way back then and Douglas is STILL rockin' the same man version of the 70s Farrah Fawcett hairdo.
What I remember the most about Malden was from his American Express commercials. Long before they recruited the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and Wes Anderson to promote their card, Malden did it best. He made the line "Don't leave home without it" famous. That still remains one of the most popular commercial lines ever.
Rest in peace, Karl.