Karl Malden died today aged 97 years old.

Many people my age will only remember him as Lt. Mike Stone in the 1970s television show The Streets of San Francisco, where he starred alongside a very young Michael Douglas.

But it was watching him as Father Corrigan, the fearless Catholic priest in On the Waterfront that I recognised, and was surprised at his brilliant acting skill. Marlon Brando was his co-star in that movie.

In some ways tragic that a whole generation only knew him as a TV cop.

So, here’s to a great actor.