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Peter Falk - The Passing of An Icon. Good Night Lieutenant Columbo.


Society & Culture  (tags: Alzheimer's disease, americans, celebrity, culture, media, movies, society )

Kit
- 1214 days ago - slate.com
There is something especially cruel about knowing that a mind-robbing disease like Alzheimer's was what took Falk's life. In all of his roles, but especially on Columbo, his was always the most perspicacious face on screen.



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Kenny V. (173)
Friday June 24, 2011, 8:37 pm
Ii'm sorry to hear it, I remember watching Columbo with my older brother when we were kids .I convinced him Columbo read minds.Whenever he gave that silly look (always) i'd tell him look there he goes! He went on thinking that til i told him some months later.The mind reading thing was pretty good tho..That's the closest i knew him but that's enough. .I'm sorry for his loved ones and the suffering he must of been in...Bye Peter, have a peaceful time in the after-life. You won't be forgotten while we're around!..... Thanks for sharing!
 

Rosemary Rannes (634)
Friday June 24, 2011, 8:50 pm
Peter Falk was THE BEST : ) We loved him as Columbo, as a human being and we will miss him and remember him for the laughter and the soulful nature he so willingly embraced life with...
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Peter_Falk
Falk tries to analyze the character and notes the correlation between his own personality and Columbo's:

I'm a Virgo Jew, and that means I have an obsessive thoroughness. It's not enough to get most of the details, it's necessary to get them all. I've been accused of perfectionism. When Lew WassermanLew WassermanLewis Robert Wasserman was an American talent agent and studio executive credited with first creating and then taking apart the studio system in a career spanning more than six decades.-Biography:...
(head of Universal Studios) said that Falk is a perfectionist, I don't know whether it was out of affection or because he felt I was a monumental pain in the ass."


 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 6:11 am

"Being chased by Columbo is like being nibbled to death by a duck." - Peter Falk

R.I.P. Peter. You'll be missed.

 

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:10 am
Good job, Carole. Thanks for getting Kit's news out for her. You're a doll!

Peter Falk's acting was unique. I will miss seeing him except reruns of course.

R.I.P. Peter. Thanks for the memories.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:31 am
Thanks Kit and Carole. I have always loved murder/crime shows and books and part of the fascination is trying to guess the culprit. "Columbo" was the only show/book I recall that ever let you know up front "whodunnit". Amazingly that didn't spoil the show...and even made it uniquely interesting as you watched Peter Falk "nibble away".
 

Naoko I. (262)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:32 am
My family all loved Columbo...(yes, broadcast in Japan)
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 9:31 am
See you over the rainbow Peter...We love you : )
 

Mandi T. (429)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 9:41 am
God speed Peter, see you later. We all love you. !!!
 

Phyllis P. (406)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 9:59 am
RIP, Columbo
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 10:15 am

An "ICON"...

TY, Kit.
.
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 11:34 am

One of my all-time favorite films, "A Woman Under The Influence."

If you EVAH have a chance to view it . . . DO!

 

Yvonne White (232)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 11:43 am
I loved Peter Falk..I'm so sorry for my loss..
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 12:19 pm
I loved his basset hound:)
Peter Falk, always the gentleman, always a gentle soul.
How many can we say that about these days?
R.I.P. Peter
 

MmAwayAwhile M. (456)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 1:11 pm
RIP...another great one gone! Thank you Kit!
 

(0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 5:27 pm
Just one more question....

Peter Falk was the best.
 

Michael Carney (211)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 7:41 pm
Noted, with sadness...RIP Peter, and Good Night Columbo...
 

Alicia N. (87)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 8:47 pm
noted.......... R . I . P . Peter .........
 

Barbara D. (70)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 10:21 am
Such a pleasure to watch. He always got his criminal. He'll be greatly missed.
 

Mary Winter (10)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 11:16 am
A man and an actor with whom everyone could relate. He will be remembered.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 12:29 pm
I was a loyal fan of Columbo. My favorite part of the program was when he had "Just one more thing." What a great series!!
 

Patricia W. (94)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:12 pm
TY Kit.
Peter Falk , so many great characters.
A Woman Under The Influence was phenominal. Also, who could forget Vince Ricardo's "Serpentine! Serpentine!" from The In-laws (THE original 1979). And Grandpa from The Princess Bride.
So many great characters ...
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:18 pm
I used to love watching Columbo!
 

Joan for Peace (441)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:24 pm
this hit me like when i heard about jimmy stuart . i dont think ive seen that movie yet patricia. but will keep a look out for it. he also played an angel in several movies, two were christmas specials . all the greats are leaving, yes i will hold on to him in my heart while i watch the great movies he was in. peace and blessing to him and his family, they are the ones who truly will suffer
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:34 pm
"Sc'use me, sc'use me"....gone but not forgotten. See Kevin Pollack's
dead-on impersonation of our beloved detective on HBO. Remarkable!

We will miss you big time Peter. Thanks for making it look easy. R.I.P.
 

KS Goh (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 1:51 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Laura P. (24)
Monday June 27, 2011, 7:13 am
he gave so many fans many years of tv pleasure. he will be missed. rest in peace detective.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday June 27, 2011, 8:26 am
Peter was a great animal rights activist - he did many good things that went unnoticed by the general public. Always liked him - will miss his presence on this planet.
 

Dana W. (9)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:13 am
Peter Falk was a wonderful character actor who was memorable in many other films besides his Columbo role. Rest in peace, Detective Columbo.
 

Ruth S. (304)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:53 pm
Mr. Falk there will never be another one like you, you will be missed!
 

Amena Ravenwing (187)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:55 pm
Awww, I always loved him, in whatever role he took. Have missed seeing him for the past few years. A very good guy as well as a popular actor. He will be missed. The planet loses another good one.
RIP, Peter.
 

donald Baumgartner (5)
Monday June 27, 2011, 1:08 pm
Good Night, my friend. You will be missed, Lt. Columbo!!
 

Valerie W. (52)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:29 pm
The world has lost another great, classic actor. Although there are good ones around now, they just "don't make them like they used to!" I remember him best from Columbo. RIP Peter.
 

zora b. (93)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:35 pm
I like watching Columbo. His quiet shrewdness is really amazing. I like the way Peter Falk played him.
I will never forget him.
 

William Y. (54)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:42 pm
One of the truly great actors, in a period of relatively poor actors.
 

Richard Lehr (1)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:47 pm
I always enjoyed columbo and will Peter Falk who played the very very well . In all of his movies and skits I have never seen a person play the parts any better . May he rest in peace and always be in our prayers .
 

Rebecca Y. (26)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:28 pm
Peter Falk was one helluva actor. I've missed seeing him on the screen and I do hope our souls survive. What is wonderful about actors is that their legacy is left on film and we can watch them anytime we want; a part of them is always with us. How lucky we are; how sad that he contracted this dreaded disease. I hope he is in a better place, happy and content, with his mind in perfect shape. Long live Columbo!
 

Carrie B. (309)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:36 pm
Loved Columbo! Falk was a great actor!
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:44 pm
My mum absolutely adored him. Still remember watching Columbo together with her in the '70s, though at that age I was more fascinated by his basset hound. Thanks, noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 12:34 am
He was a famous actor in Japan too.
RIP Peter. Thanks a lot.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 1:38 am
He was a talented actor that will be sorely missed. He didn't just play the character, he interpreted it and imbued all of his characters with such depth and believable traits. That's a rare gift in actors (especially amongst the ones we have today).
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 1:58 am
Cheers Kit....

Columbo: (How To Dial A Murder)
I must say I found you disappointing; I mean your incompetence. You left enough clues to sink a ship. And for a man of your intelligence, you got caught in a lot of stupid lies.....

Loved Columbo and now my 7 year old daughter loves him too.


....`..>>-- [[ ]]----- [[ ]]---
 

Edward M. (8)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 6:24 am
A bit of a nuisance really. There was just one other thing I wanted to ask him.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 8:25 am
Mr Falk was always a pleasure to watch...he was a master of his craft, what a lovable fellow! Certainly will be missed...
 

Berny p. (23)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:14 am


Peter Falk's acting was unique. I will miss seeing him except reruns of course.

R.I.P. Peter. Thanks for the memories.
 

Jane Ponder (1)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:08 pm
Just one more thing , , ,probably one of the most quoted lines from that show. Peter Falk was a great actor. To know that he and his family suffered from alhizmer's is a terrible thing. My father has parkinson's.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:38 pm
R.I.P. Peter Falk. You'll be remembered
 

Elena Arutiunova (34)
Thursday June 30, 2011, 7:13 am
Very sad :(. R.I.P.
 

jane richmond (10)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:48 am
RIP
 
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