Friday, June 24, 2011

Peter Falk's stored permanently beige raincoat, Colombo farewell ...

The actor Peter Falk (born 1927) who played on television the famous Inspector Colombo, died yesterday at the age of 83 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, informed his family a local radio station . The star, a father of two daughters, had been married for 30 years to Shera Danese (second wedding). He suffered from senile dementia since 2009 and had been placed under curatorship after a judicial dispute between his adopted daughter Catherine Falk and his wife.

Become very popular throughout the world thanks to his role as neglected Lieutenant in the worn out raincoat  on the old Peugeot 403, a messy appearance, however, that hid an incredible flair and insight, Peter Falk embodied with talented humility the character of Colombo for 30 years, from 1968 to 2003 (the last episode of "Columbo calls the shots"), on television for 70 episodes.

This mythic role in this crime series, which had the specificity to present to viewers the first few minutes of the criminal act without the suspense being  altered, allowed Peter Falk won four Emmy Awards (out of 10 nominations) and a Golden Globe for this lunar character. He never parted from his cigar, and always spoke of his wife, who never appearead once on the screen.

Apart from this successful incarnation on television, Peter Falk was also twice nominated for an Oscar as "best supporting role" in the movie "Crime, société anonyme", Burt Balaban (1961) and "Pocketful of Miracles" by Frank Capra (1962). He has also produced eleven episodes of Colombo (1989-1991) and co-produced thirteen others (1991-2003).

Born September 16, 1927 in New York, Peter Falk belonged to a Jewish family of Russian father and Czech mother. When three years old, he was diagnosed a malignant tumor that causes her to lose an eye ... Her sidelong glance at the limit of whipped dog became legendary and sometimes echoes that of his faithful companion in the series, a basset hound apathetic, laconically called "the Dog" which followed him in his investigations! He definitely became a legend of television, like a JR Ewing. He graduated in political science, got a master's degree in administration, and tried unsuccessfully to enter the CIA, before ending up at the Budget Directorate of Connecticut as an advisor to productivity.

An experience that was brief because very quickly took acting classes (1957) which enabled him to end up on the stage. While he will forever be remembered for his role as Lieutenant employing  his reasoning falsely disconnected. Remember his famous reply "Just one more thing ..." He has played in sixty films, including six of his friend John Cassavetes.

Peter Falk is gone forever taking with him Lieutenant Colombo. He will never tell his "wife". It is very sad for the 2 billion people following his exciting exciting investigations ...

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