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Peter Falk

In honor of what would have been his 96th birthday let's discuss the great American actor Peter Falk.

Born and raised in New York City, he had to have his right eye surgically removed at age 3. He got his start on stage and appearing in big films Murder Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and The Great Race. Never shy to appear on television in 1968 he dawned a trench coat and appeared as Columbio, America's greatest detective. He soon became a household name.

He simply never stopped working. His hand touched every genre. Serious dramas like A Woman Under the Influence. Parodies like Murder by Death and The Cheap Detective. Fun children's movies including The Great Muppet Caper and The Princess Bride. Even foreign films such as Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close!. He even lent his distinctive voice to documentaries.

You simply can't say anything bad about him.

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by Anonymousreply 29September 19, 2023 12:50 PM

When he was a young character actor, pre-COLUMBO, I thought he was very hot. Well, even in the early days of COLUMBO.

by Anonymousreply 1September 16, 2023 8:03 PM

One of my favorite actors. There is something so comforting about him.

He should have won the Academy Award for A Woman Under the Influence.

by Anonymousreply 2September 16, 2023 8:04 PM

The house used in the film 1968 film The Astro-Zombies belonged to Peter Falk, a friend of the film's writer and producer. The film had a character named Eric Porter played by Tom Pace.

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by Anonymousreply 3September 16, 2023 8:06 PM

He is Peter Falk!

by Anonymousreply 4September 16, 2023 8:06 PM

[quote] Born to a Jewish family and raised in New York City

by Anonymousreply 5September 16, 2023 8:09 PM

Great scene in Wings of Desire, one of my favorite films

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by Anonymousreply 6September 16, 2023 8:11 PM

R5 He was Protestant

by Anonymousreply 7September 16, 2023 8:12 PM

Deserves more credit for his musicality

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by Anonymousreply 8September 16, 2023 8:12 PM

I just watched all the Columbo seasons with big stars in almost every episode. Very enjoyable.

by Anonymousreply 9September 16, 2023 8:14 PM

[quote] He was Protestant

[quote] Born in The Bronx, New York City, Falk was the son of Michael Peter Falk, owner of a clothing and dry goods store, and his wife, Madeline (née Hochhauser), an accountant and buyer.[citation needed] Both his parents were Jewish, coming from Poland and Russia on his father's side and from Hungary and Łabowa, Nowy Sącz County, Poland, on his mother's side.

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by Anonymousreply 10September 16, 2023 8:14 PM

R10 it was a joke...

by Anonymousreply 11September 16, 2023 8:16 PM

I was pleased to see that he wasn’t averse to nude work were it pertinent to the plot as he went full backal in the 1990 Marlo Thomas classic ‘In the Spirit’.

by Anonymousreply 12September 16, 2023 8:33 PM

Love him

by Anonymousreply 13September 16, 2023 8:37 PM

A great actor. So entertaining to watch.

by Anonymousreply 14September 16, 2023 8:54 PM

Always a class act. I remember reading a comment he made after the OJ Simpson trial. He said he had become addicted to Court TV. I thought that was so endearing for some reason. 🙂

by Anonymousreply 15September 18, 2023 4:44 PM

His parents’ clothing store was in Ossining, NY, about 45 minutes north of New York City. I grew up nearby.

by Anonymousreply 16September 19, 2023 1:07 AM

R16 Did he ever stop in?

by Anonymousreply 17September 19, 2023 1:18 AM

I doubt it, R17. He always wore the same crumpled jacket and suits.

by Anonymousreply 18September 19, 2023 1:21 AM

[quote] You simply can't say anything bad about him.

Sure I can.

by Anonymousreply 19September 19, 2023 1:23 AM

Why was his eye removed?

by Anonymousreply 20September 19, 2023 1:34 AM

The first episode of Colombo (S1 E1) was directed by Steven Spielberg. I learned this watching the credits on Saturday night.

by Anonymousreply 21September 19, 2023 1:50 AM

[quote]Never shy to appear on television in 1968 he dawned a trench coat

Someone must have missed their shift on the Oh Dear monitoring squad.

by Anonymousreply 22September 19, 2023 2:09 AM

Okay, R19, then spill it.

by Anonymousreply 23September 19, 2023 2:22 AM

R21. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Bochco. Not a bad way to begin a series…….

by Anonymousreply 24September 19, 2023 2:35 AM

I had some bizarre encounter with his daughter at some Hollywood Hills party in the 90s. Can't remember the details.

by Anonymousreply 25September 19, 2023 3:44 AM

I'm glad you posted this. Peter Falk was a scene stealer. He made comedy seem easy. I loved everything he was in. And I think he loved his characters. No one really like him since.

The Great Race is my favorite. He and Jack Lemmon pulled it off. Natalie Wood had a nervous breakdown while making it. And I never really got Tony Curtis.

by Anonymousreply 26September 19, 2023 4:00 AM

[quote]Why was his eye removed?

He didn't like the color, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 27September 19, 2023 5:45 AM

Well, rose is a strange eye color.

by Anonymousreply 28September 19, 2023 5:55 AM

Loved him and Alan Arkin in The In-Laws.

There should have been a sequel.

by Anonymousreply 29September 19, 2023 12:50 PM
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