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Old 24th June 2011, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RIP Peter Falk

Peter Falk aka Columbo, and the Grandfather/narrator in The Princess Bride (and many other things, as I've just discovered, but didn't realise), died last night at the ripe old age of 83.

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has fond memories of him. For one thing, his gravelly voice is just perfect for the Princess Bride - one of my favouritest films ever.

So, as I have posted elsewhere:

Tonight I'm raising a glass to Peter Falk
I toast you good sir, as a man who brought joy to the multitude, and who will be forever synonymous with that raincoat.
And, you were pretty darned good in the Princess Bride too!
Rest in Peace, good man

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Old 24th June 2011, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: RIP Peter Falk

Although I was too young to watch Columbo in its prime, I always enjoyed any re-runs I saw. His "playing dumb" portrayal was fantastic. He will be missed.

Oh, just one thing...
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Old 25th June 2011, 02:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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And just one more thing, too...

My wife loves Columbo, and is, well, distraught.

Heard that he got that part when Bing Crosby turned it down because he had a golf tournament during casting. Brought smiles to many faces, and will be missed.
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Old 25th June 2011, 03:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Columbo was about as good as network TV gets. RIP Peter Falk.
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Old 25th June 2011, 04:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I loved that series. I once did an essay comparing Columbo to Socrates in the dialogues.

I kind of hope the casket opens at his funeral and the congregation hears- 'Just one more thing...'
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Old 25th June 2011, 05:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Peter Falk R.I.P.

The man who played Columbo - my favourite detective - has died peacefully at his home. He was 83 and suffered from dementia.

I used to love hearing him say....Just one more the smug perp who thought had escaped justice.
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Old 25th June 2011, 06:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: RIP Peter Falk

The first time he made me laugh as an actor was when he starred in the movie The Great Race (1965), I was just a kid in grade school.

Rest in peace Mr Falk, thanks for the entertainment.
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Old 25th June 2011, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My mom hated Columbo, but I think it was only because my dad liked it so much. I'm a fan myself, and a particular fan of The Princess Bride.

RIP Mr. Falk, and thank you.
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Old 25th June 2011, 07:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks, Peter, and have a nice afterlife.
Didn't know about his eye.
Hello, God? My name is Columbo, Lieutenant Columbo....
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Old 25th June 2011, 07:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Peter Falk was to Columbo what Sean Connery was to James Bond and William Shatner was to Capt. Kirk: irreplaceable.
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Old 25th June 2011, 10:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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A great actor, very enjoyable to watch. I loved the way he would hold a thumb to his forehead, a cigar stub between two fingers, then ask a penetrating question.

My favourite anectote is that whilst they were all on set filming an episode of Columbo armed robbers attacked the offices of the production company. When the actors heard they all turned to Columbo...

"Did anyone get a description?" he asked lamely.

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Old 25th June 2011, 08:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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"You look more like number two. Know what I mean?"

~Peter Falk as Sam Diamond in Murder By Death.
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Re: RIP Peter Falk

So sadly the Lieutenant has finally solved his last case, much to the relief of criminals everywhere.
RIP Peter.
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Old 14th January 2014, 06:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: RIP Peter Falk

While Peter Falk is best known for his (wonderful!!!) Colombo character and great as a supporting actor in the Princes' Bride, in my opinion the best movie he appeared in (as a defecting angel) was Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin), a beautiful, lyrical German production fantasy film.
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Old 14th January 2014, 11:00 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Brillant actor who made the most of brilliant writing! Almost the first of the anti-hero cops, his shabby raincoat and dishevilled appearance made him an unorthodox role-model, but he was great on-screen. RIP
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