Richard Hatch replaced Michael Douglas in Fan Beloved TV Show
Quinn Martin productions brought the world an impressive television crime drama that they would never forget. The stars that walked the streets of San Fransico have since gone on to gain great fame and also lots of drama. Let's find out how Karl Malden, Michael Douglas and the rest of the cast have been getting on in Hollywood.
THE SHOW AND IT'S SUCCESS
Warner Bros helped get The Streets of San Francisco on screen. Its storyline was fresh in the seventies and viewers loved following the lives of Dectevtives Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. After a successful five-season run, it sat on over 119 episodes!
One of the show's main cast members would exit the series near its end. In the final season, before the airing of the third episode, Michael Douglas announced that he would no longer be on the cast. There were no hard feelings as he made the decision carefully.
HOW THE SHOW LOST THE MAIN STAR
After long deliberation, he knew it was the right thing to do. Michael had a very successful career thanks to the series and even won the Best Picture, Oscar... So, of course, many new opportunities were sticking their heads out. The star left to follow even bigger dreams of his.
One of these dreams was to enter the film world. He did this with excellence, winning another Oscar as Best Actor for his role in the acclaimed film, Wall Street. His character was written out of the show and replaced by a new inspector called Dan Robbins, played by Richard Hatch.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Karl Malden and Michael Douglas have a beautiful relationship that has lasted long after the series. Their friendship was cemented after years on set, but now that they've moved on to various other ventures, they still manage to keep in touch every now and again.
Karl didn't shy away from the big awards himself. The partner to Micheal also got himself an Oscar! He was awarded for the role he reprised in A Streetcar Named Desire. He was named the Best Supporting Actor... what an amazing achievement for him!
But his awards don't stop there. The star also received a People’s Choice Award in 1996! Sadly this actor has since passed away but not before living a full and prosperous life, with ample recognition that serves as a great legacy! He passed away in 2009 at the old age of 97!
IN ACTING, IT'S ALWAYS A SMALL WORLD
Karl Malden was also linked to Michael Douglas’s father, Kirk. The pair met in the Adirondacks during the forties when they were both struggling actors. When Karl and the show's producer were trying to find the perfect co-star for their new series, Micheal walked in...
They felt like they knew him from somewhere, and they actually did! This was how it all played out when Malden asked him a question:
“’You’re a Douglas, aren’t you?’”
They continued the conversation:
“He started to laugh. ‘Yes, I am. I’m Michael.’ We made small talk, and when we parted company that day, I told him to send my love to his father, my old Tamarack Playhouse pal…”
They immediately hit it off and the rest is history! in Karl's 1997 memoir, he told them to hire Micheal at once because it would be a mistake to let him go. It all worked out well and Karl's advice was sound - the series was a massive success and is still spoken about today!
SPECIAL GUESTS VISIT THE SHOW
Don Johnson and Tom Selleck are only two of the big names that showed their faces on The Streets of San Francisco. While they didn't have long time roles, they did star as guests. In addition, there is a long list of other celebrity stars that were seen on the show.
These are, of course, Brenda Vaccaro (Douglas’s then-girlfriend), James Woods, Mark Hamill, Nick Nolte, John Ritter, Anthony Geary, Larry Hagman, and Douglas’s mother, Diana. How special that they were able to incorporate these types of guests into the show.
Another notable name is Nicholas Colasanto who helped direct some of the episodes. He has been nominated for an Emmy and really brought value to the show. With this impressive list of people, it's no wonder Back to the Streets of San Francisco was a hit!
Karl Malden is a well-known name in Hollywood and the world. He has been called an icon in the industry and Charles Champlin had this to say about the actor:
"He is an Everyman, but one whose range moved easily up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along."
This description of him pretty much sums up how he lived his life both on and off-screen. He valued people and the arts and served as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for three years. His legacy lives on in all the footage we have of him.
MICHAEL KIRK DOUGLAS
Michael Kirk Douglas played his hand at both acting and producing. The star has been honored on numerous occasions for his contribution to the industry. Some of his most famed awards include two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Of all the awards, one does stand out more than the rest. This is, of course, the AFI Life Achievement Award. Apart from acting he has a good heart and takes on various humanitarian activities. In his personal life, he's also raised a few eyebrows and caused some commotion.
This was because of his relationship and consequent marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. They share a birthday on September 25, but there's a catch... The two have a 25 year age gap. They have had a few ups and downs and almost separated in 2013. What do you think about them?
Darleen Carr is a triple threat in the industry. The star can sing, act and lends her voice as a voice-over artist! Her family has a few celebs in it, namely her sisters Shannon Farnon and Charmian Carr. The star's personal life has also been an uphill battle since the seventies.
She was married to Jason Laskay but their union barely saw the two-year mark before calling it quits. She got married again a few years later, this time to Zelko Megovetich. Sadly their son passed away because of Duncan’s Disease in 1981. The star also divorced Zelko.
Since then she married Jameson Parker. She has a long list of television and film credits to her name. These include Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy, Once an Eagle (1976) and of course The Streets of San Francisco (1972–77), later she would come back to star in Back to the Streets of San Francisco (1992).
Richard Holman Hatch Jr. has a rather interesting claim to fame. He made his name starring on reality TV. Not only did he star in the popular series Survivor but he was the first-ever winner of the show! In addition, he's been on Celebrity Apprentice and The Biggest Loser.
The actor has had a few run-ins with the law for evading his taxes in 2006 but luckily he was able to get that behind after being held accountable by serving some time in jail. In his relationship life, the actor is openly gay. He was married to Emiliano Cabral but the two separated in 2017.
Sadly his lavish house in Sydney, Nova Scotia, which he bought with his Survivor winnings, was auctioned off. This was done by the CBRM tax office because he avoided tax payments for longer than six years! Ouch. We hope this star is on a better path now.
A FILM IS MADE TO HONOR THE SERIES
This series created such waves that it inspired a film in 1992. It was aptly titled, Back to the Streets of San Francisco. It saw two of the original cast members, Darleen Carr and Karl Malden, who took on a role as a police detective, return. The film was headed up by Mel Damski.
The new storyline remained true to the series of days gone by through its incorporation of murder mysteries that needed solving. The plot actually ties into real life as it follows the line of tracing Steve Keller's murder. Michael Douglas, who played Keller opted to skip the film, thus the storyline made sense.
The cast of the film includes Karl Malden as Mike Stone, Debrah Farentino as Sarah Burns, Conor O'Farrell as David O'Connor, Darleen Carr as Jeannie Stone, William Daniels as Judge Julius Burns, Keith Douglas as Jacob Stubbs and Amy Resnick as Diana West.
This series and the consequent movie was and is a must-watch for any lovers of the detective crime genre. Who were your favorite detectives on the show and did you prefer the series or the film? We have our answers but we'd love to hear yours! Leave us a comment below and be sure to share this article with your friends.