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    Grumpy Old Man Music Head's Avatar
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    Default R.I.P. Peter Falk

    ..........just one more thing.

    loved this guy

    from ap

    Peter Falk, the character actor best known for playing the rumpled cop on TV's Columbo, died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

    Falk, 83, was a five-time Emmy Award winner, four for his portrayal of the police lieutenant on episodic TV and television films from 1971 to 1993. In a ubiquitous trench coat, the absent-minded Columbo whose first name was never revealed was a slightly built, unassuming character who subtly hounded murderers with dogged persistence. Inevitably, he confronted suspects with the comment "just one more thing," which became part of the title for his 2006 autobiography, Just One More Thing: Stories From My Life.

    Born in New York City, Peter Michael Falk was the son of a dry goods store owner and accountant. At age 3, a tumor forced the removal of Falk's right eye. Despite the handicap, he was a good athlete. In a 1997 interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine Falk, like his Columbo, was a consistent cigar smoker Falk recalled an argument he got into during a high school baseball game. "The umpire called me out at third base when I was sure I was safe. I got so mad I took out my glass eye, handed it to him and said, 'Try this.' I got such a laugh you wouldn't believe."

    After graduating from high school, he served in the Merchant Marine. Falk eventually received a masters degree in public administration from Syracuse University and worked as a Connecticut state management analyst. He began dabbling as a stage actor, and despite early admonishments that his glass eye would limit his acting career started getting film roles in 1958.

    Falk earned successive Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles. In 1962, he won an Emmy for appearing in The Price of Tomatoes, a Dick Powell Theatre drama.

    He was a longtime close friend of actor, writer and director John Cassavetes and his wife, actress Gena Rowlands. Falk worked with Cassavetes in '70s movies such as Husbands and Mikey and Nicky.

    Falk's 1960 marriage to fellow Syracuse University student Alyce Mayo ended in divorce in 1976. He married Shera Danese, who appeared in six Columbo movies, in 1977. His daughter Catherine Falk filed for conservatorship of his estate in December 2008, touching off a legal feud with Danese, who Falk had named legal guardian when he was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
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    R.I.P Detective Columbo

    Alzheimer's is a cruel, cruel way to go, i pity his family who had to witness his demise.

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    Default Great loss

    There is an interesting little link to MD here...................IN one episode of Columbo Peter is on the trail of a set of record bootleggers................the strange thing is that the set and the bootleggers were real and the police where also actually raiding a bootleg factory at the time of filming.............they cut footage of Columbo into the footage used to document the raid and used it to add to the footage which was being prepared as a piece of evidence in the upcoming court case........................The trial happened but there were complications when the defendants found that they had taken part in an episode of Columbo.
    Nice to be able to go back to trust and friendship!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh! it wears a man down into the ground
    It's the strangest elation
    I can't describe it
    Oh it leaves a man weary
    It makes a man frown.
    .............................Chris Simpson ( "Mixed Up Sensations" 1975 Martin's Cafe )

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