Malden To Receive Honorary Degree
Feb. 17, 2001
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) _ Actor Karl Malden, who grew up in the shadow of northern Indiana's steel mills, says he toiled as a steelworker for three years because he lost a college scholarship.
The reason: He didn't want to play football.
After graduating from a Gary high school in 1931, Malden _ who will receive an honorary degree this spring from Valparaiso University _ headed to a small Arkansas college with a full scholarship.
When Malden said he was interested in basketball or track, but not football, ``They said, `There goes your scholarship.'''
So he returned home and worked at U.S. Steel's Gary Works mills for three years until winning a scholarship to Chicago's Goodman Dramatic School.
Malden, 88, will receive his honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the school's May 20 commencement.