Peter Falk Dies
June 25, 2011 by Post Team
Peter Falk Dies, Actor Peter Falk, who played sloppy detective Columbo, has died at age 83. The actor twice nominated for an Oscar, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, died Thursday night at his home in Beverly Hills.
Role of Falk as Lt. Columbo, covering 30 years of prime-time television began in 1971 as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie. Columbo, whose motto was “Just one more thing,” became the most popular of the three mysteries, shining and McCloud McMillan and his wife.
Falk supposedly paid 250,000 and a movie for the role – and could have done much more if it had accepted an offer to become a weekly series Columbo.
He refused, saying that making a weekly detective series not appeal to him.
Cigar-chomping Columbo – whose real name is Frank proved difficult in the Deadlift event – in sharp contrast with the slick TV detectives?
Falk nibbled once said: “It looks like a flood victim feels sorry for him.
“It seems to be seeing nothing, but he is seeing everything. Under his dishevellment, a good mind is at work.”
In his memoirs, just one more thing, Falk sums up the character: “Being chased by Columbo is like being nibbled to death by a duck.”
We NBC canceled the series in 1977 but in 1989 his rivals Columbo ABC offers a two-hour format usually appear once or twice per season.
The film continues in the 21st century and Columbo appeared in 26 countries.
Mark Columbo Falk was an old coat he bought for himself. After 25 years on television, the shield was so ragged that had to be replaced.
Falk was born on September 16, 1927 in New York and raised in Ossining, New York, where his parents ran a clothing store.
At three, he had an eye removed due to cancer.
He said in a 1963 interview: “You learn to live with it.
“It became the joke of the neighborhood. If the referee ruled me in a bad decision, I would get the fake eye and hand it to him.”
When Falk was starting as an actor in New York, an agent said, “Of course, you will not be able to work in film or TV because of his eye.”
Years later, Columbia Studios chief Harry Cohn said he had rejected Falk, stating: “For the same money, I can get an actor with two eyes!” Falk was nominated for an Oscar for Murder, Inc in 1960 and Pocketful of Miracles the following year – and picked up five Emmys.
He made his film debut in 1958 with the Everglades and established himself as a talented character actor with his performance as Abe Relays vicious murderer in Murder, Inc.
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He was married to the pianist Alicia de Mayo in 1960 and had two daughters, Jackie and Catherine. The couple divorced in 1976 and the following year, married to actress Shera Danese.
He filed for divorce twice, but each time reconciled.
Two daughters survive Falk and Shera.
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