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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 03:33 PM
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333. Actor Peter Falk, 83.
Edited on Fri Jun-24-11 03:34 PM by CBHagman


To anyone who ever watched Wings of Desire or The Princess Bride or TV's Columbo, the man needs no introduction.

From The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/arts/television/peter...

Mr. Falk had a wide-ranging career in comedy and drama, in the movies and onstage, before and during the three-and-a-half decades in which he portrayed the slovenly but canny lead on Columbo. He was nominated for two Oscars; appeared in original stage productions of works by Paddy Chayefsky, Neil Simon and Arthur Miller, worked with the directors Frank Capra, John Cassavetes, Blake Edwards and Mike Nichols, and co-starred with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis and Jason Robards.

But like that of his contemporary Telly Savalas of Kojak fame, Mr. Falks primetime popularity was founded on a single role.

A lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department, Columbo was a comic variation on the traditional fictional detective. With the keen mind of Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe, he was cast in the mold of neither not a gentleman scholar, and not a tough guy. He was instead a mass of quirks and peculiarities, a seemingly distracted figure in a rumpled raincoat, perpetually patting his pockets for a light for his signature stogie.


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