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Just One More Thing

Peter Falk

Hollywood Legend and five time Emmy winner, Peter Falk, died Thursday at his Beverly Hills home.  He was best known for his portrayal of the slightly absent minded, trench coat wearing police Lieutenant “Columbo” on TV from 1968 to 1993.

Falk was born in New York City September 16th, 1927, the son of a clothing and dry goods store owner.   He graduate from Syracuse University and despite having only one eye, his right eye was removed at the age of 3 when a tumor was discovered behind it; he managed to become quite a good athlete.  According to USATODAY, 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.”

He began acting in 1958 and earned Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor for the 1960′s Murder, Inc. and 1961′s Pocketful of Miracles.  He won one of his five Emmys in 1962 for appearing in a Dick Powell Theatre drama, “The Price of Tomatoes.”

"Ah...Just one more thing."

For those who would like more information on Peter Falk’s outstanding career you can find it on the IMDB website.  Frank and I both have met Peter Falk and both of us seem to remember the same thing; he was a great guy who made us laugh.  That’s a great testament for anyone.

According to his daughter, Catherine Falk, her father had been suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s for the past few years. A family statement released this morning said Mr. Falk died “peacefully” at his home in Beverly Hills. This is indeed a sad day for Hollywood and the whole entertainment industry.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Falk family.

 

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