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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NFS4, Jun 24, 2011.
He'll be back in a minute saying "One last thing..."
If you haven't seen The In-Laws, check it out.
I shall watch an episode or two of Columbo on Netflix tonight in honor of you.
That sounds like a freaking awesome idea. :thumbsup:
He suffered enough no doubt
RIP Peter - Long live Columbo
Columbo was awesome, and will always associate him with that role.
Here are some other memorable roles -
The Great Race (w/ Tony Curtis)
Machine Gun McCain
Peter Falk appeared in more than 50 films and so is remembered by many a film-buff, but above all and to millions of TV fans, he is, or rather was, the titular and irascible, rumpled and eccentric Los Angeles police detective: the homicide cop Lieutenant Frank Columbo. For this role he won four Emmy awards. Falk died on 24 June at 83 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
There is something especially cruel about knowing that a mind-robbing disease like Alzheimer's was what took Falk's life. He was still acting until 2009 and he experienced death, or so it was reported, in a peaceful way. In all of his roles, but especially Columbo, his was always the most perspicacious face on screen. Keenly intelligent and watchful, he was a warmer, a menschier(you might want to look that word up), a more humble Sherlock Holmes, a man whose mind operated on a higher level than most of his police associates and others in that who-dun-it world loved by millions and watched, arguably now. by billions every week.
Dana Stevens wrote in the online magazine Slate(1) that nothing got by Peter Falk and his hyper-alert vigilance always seemed to emerge from an underlying stillness, a state of openness to his fellow actors and to the moment. Stevens talked about Falk’s films and special scenes in the films, scenes that highlighted his talents.
I’ll let you read her fine obit about the Peter Falk she remembers: a man who doggedly felt his way to the truth, that is the truth about the fictional murder of the week, and the truth of the scene. Squinting at his interlocutor with his one good eye, and listening, Falk came into our worlds week after week. His physical trademark of one eye enhanced his detective's image as a dishevelled, oddball crime sleuth. -Ron Price with thanks to (1) Dana Stevens, Brow Beat: Slate's Culture Blog, 24 June 2011.
Some said he was a boomer icon of
the ‘70s and like a grandfather to a
generation of kids, like my son who
was born in ’77 and grew up on the
gravelly-voiced, rumpled, meandering
but brilliant mystery-solver. He’d been
in my world since the ‘60s & made his
Columbo debut in ’71 on NBC, the year
I arrived in Australia for the Baha’is and
the kids in schools in Whyalla Australia.
That MA you got in ’53, when I was only
9 and in love with both baseball and three
girls, was really not used for your movie
career which made you a pot of real gold
and fame—the desire of many millions!!!
27/6/'11 to 16/1/'15.