Friday, June 24, 2011

Peter Falk was Awesome!!

Peter Falk has passed away.

I LOVE him! Remember Columbo?

He was so much fun as Columbo. Always talking about his wife, taking care of his dog and catching killers like William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick McGoohan and Robert Vaughn, just to name a few.

I got a book - years ago - about the making of Columbo and found out the famous, "One more thing" line came about when the writers forgot to add a key line of questioning and were too tired (i.e. - lazy) to rewrite the scene so they had the Lt. pop back in with a line that would become synonymous with rumpled raincoats and supposedly absent-minded police lieutenants.

Speaking of rumpled raincoats, the book also said Peter Falk had picked out the raincoat and wore it and it drove the sound guys nuts!

One year for Halloween I dressed up as Columbo. I pulled my hair into a ponytail, got a rumbled rain coat and a plastic cigar and made gestures and said, "One more thing..." all day as I collected candy.

I haven't seen Columbo in far too long (TV doesn't play it anymore!) but I remember them. It reminds me of a piece of my childhood - somewhere in the beginning of my love of mysteries. Peter Falk was the man who knew whodunit - he had to figure out howdunit or howtocatchem.

I enjoyed his performances as a kid, a teen and an adult and I hope he derived satisfaction from the joy and laughter he produced in audiences from all his acting roles.

He will be missed.


Chatty Crone said...

I loved loved loved Colombo! He always got his guy and I don't think that there ever showed his wife! Great memories.

Live Out Loud said...

They never showed his wife and there was a show called 'Mrs. Columbo' starring Kate Mulgrew and they were forced to change the name because no one was ever supposed to see Mrs. Columbo. That was (one of) their thing(s).