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In the San Francisco Police Department, an "Inspector" is just a detective rank. In other police departments, an Inspector is a much higher rank (in the NYPD, Inspector is the rank above Captain. In the UK police, an Inspector is equivalent to a Lieutenant).
Following the success of producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Michael Douglas left the series at the beginning of the 1976 to 1977 season. His character's absence was explained by having him take a teaching position. Inspector Keller taking a teaching position is similar to a scene in Dirty Harry (1971), where an SFPD Inspector injured in the line of duty stated that he had a teaching credential and later became a college professor (which was stated in the sequel, Magnum Force (1973) as well as The Enforcer (1976).
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Karl Malden had been a close friend of Michael Douglas' father Kirk since the 1930s.
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In order for Karl Malden to star on the series, Quinn Martin hired Michael Douglas for the role of Inspector Steve Keller, through Douglas' real-life father, Kirk.
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Karl Malden was sixty-years-old when the show started, and sixty-five when it ended.
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In numerous interviews with Michael Douglas, he said Karl Malden was his surrogate father off the set, despite Malden not having any sons.
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Karl Malden's real last name "Sekulovich" was also the character of the elderly Sergeant, who took the bad guys to the cells.
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During its five season run, Karl Malden was the only actor who appeared in every episode.
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In West Germany, Steve was named "Heller", because there was already a "Kommissar Keller" (Erik Ode) on West German television.
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