Peter Falk reported dead
“Just one more thing…”
Peter Falk‘s portrayal of Columbo was a unique television character. With his rumpled raincoat and unimposing presence, he was reminiscent of some literary crime fighters (G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown comes to mind), but TV detectives were supposed to be ruggedly handsome.
The series was also different. We typically saw the crime committed in the opening of the show…we already knew who did it. We watched to see how Columbo would figure it out…how he would catch the bad guy.
It wasn’t with bullets and it wasn’t with fists…it was with brains, and in a special way, with heart.
Columbo was by no means an ivory tower intellectual…he was very down-to-Earth. We didn’t see him pull together arcane facts, or calculate angles…he just stuck to it, and wasn’t distracted by anybody.
The writing was great…but it was Falk who brought Columbo to life.
That wasn’t his only role, of course.
He narrated the geek classic, The Princess Bride. He worked with angels in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire.
He was perhaps oddly cast as a Castro-esque dictator in the original Twilight Zone series.
He worked for Frank Capra (and with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis) in Pocketful of Miracles.
He was also a Sam Spade type detective in the all-star comedy, Murder by Death.
Good-bye, Peter Falk…we’ll never again see you bring up “one more thing”, but your characters and performances will live on.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.