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September 2, 1990 | JOAN FANTAZIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hard to imagine Peter Falk on TV without that rumpled raincoat and nasty old cigar. But he did have a prime time on television long before "Columbo." His first Emmy-winning work-for "Price of Tomatoes," a 1962 episode of the anthology series The Dick Powell Show-can be seen Saturday at 3 p.m. on KDOC. Falk plays Aristide Fresco, a partner in his father's produce firm and the opposite of the thoughtful, slow-talking Lt. Columbo. Fresco talks-or yells-first and thinks later.
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November 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
John Cassavetes' name has become a kind of shorthand over the years. Filmmakers and critics tend to invoke it whenever hand-held close-ups zero in on characters who are drunk, distraught, dissembling, divulging their innermost fears or all of the above. What's missing from many such interpretations of so-called Cassavetian cinema is an appreciation of the singular compassion and acuity of a visionary. In the quarter-century since his death at 59, Cassavetes' uncategorizable work has lost none of its breathtaking intensity.
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June 24, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Peter Falk, the gravel-voiced actor who became an enduring television icon portraying Lt. Columbo, the rumpled raincoat-wearing Los Angeles police homicide detective who always had "just one more thing" to ask a suspect, died Thursday. He was 83. Falk, who reportedly suffered from dementia, died at his home in Beverly Hills, according to a statement from Larry Larson, a friend and an attorney for Falk's wife, Shera. In a more than 50-year acting career that spanned Broadway, movies and television, Falk appeared in more than 50 feature films, including "A Woman Under the Influence," "Husbands," "Luv," "Mikey and Nicky," "The In-Laws," "Wings of Desire," "The Great Race," "The Cheap Detective," "Cookie" and "The Princess Bride.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
The things my father laughed at, I laugh at. I was reminded of this recently when I read of Peter Falk's passing. Like to think they're up there somewhere, chewing on life and cigars, both of them in their rumpled overcoats. I still have my father's old overcoat, which I wear once, maybe twice a winter in L.A., weather willing. You know, when it plunges into the low-70s. Falk was hilarious in "The In-Laws," but his most real and human work was done in that Columbo overcoat.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's night, and the interior of the broken-down car is dark until the driver puts a match to his cigar, illuminating his creased, weary face. A dirty, rumpled raincoat clings to his body. Birds could nest in his hair. The man is a shambles, human pollution. It's Lt. Columbo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2009 | Victoria Kim
In a hearing Wednesday, the daughter of "Columbo" star Peter Falk described lifelong tensions between the 81-year-old actor's children and his wife of more than 30 years. Now Catherine Falk and her stepmother are locked in a court battle for control of the ailing star, who has dementia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1990 | SEAN MITCHELL
"Mainstream world-famous TV Middle America," Peter Falk says slowly, arranging the words as if on a banner in his mind that might describe an actor identified with one of the most popular characters ever seen on television. "But he's an actor who has this kind of schizophrenic existence. A little bit like Charlie Chaplin. He's a millionaire by day and a drunk by night. He gets involved with things that. . . ."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, Susan Freudenheim is a Times staff writer
Jason Alexander rushes into the Founders Room at the Geffen Playhouse, apologizing profusely for being late after getting caught in traffic en route to the theater where he and Peter Falk will be performing in "Defiled," opening May 31. In Lee Kalcheim's play, a young librarian and a cop nearing retirement meet after the former wires his beloved library with bombs and threatens to blow it up in an attempt to stave off the advance of the technological world.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1995 | JAMES GRANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Peter Falk answers the door to his gigantic Spanish-style Beverly Hills mansion looking more like a sophisticated French artisan than the tattered-trench-coat persona of Lt. Columbo that Americans have known for two decades. "Let's go around back to the garage," he intones in his gravelly mumble. He points to a pair of black iron gates that open onto the driveway that then disappears.
NEWS
December 17, 1989
I would like to thank Peter Falk and ABC for returning "Columbo" to the "Saturday Mystery" for a second season. This is a well-acted (especially by Falk) and well-written series. My family and I enjoyed it years ago on NBC and are happy to see its return on ABC. Cindy Hunter, Orange
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Peter Falk, the gravel-voiced actor who became an enduring television icon portraying Lt. Columbo, the rumpled raincoat-wearing Los Angeles police homicide detective who always had "just one more thing" to ask a suspect, died Thursday. He was 83. Falk, who reportedly suffered from dementia, died at his home in Beverly Hills, according to a statement from Larry Larson, a friend and an attorney for Falk's wife, Shera. In a more than 50-year acting career that spanned Broadway, movies and television, Falk appeared in more than 50 feature films, including "A Woman Under the Influence," "Husbands," "Luv," "Mikey and Nicky," "The In-Laws," "Wings of Desire," "The Great Race," "The Cheap Detective," "Cookie" and "The Princess Bride.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Considering he's one of the most iconic of TV characters, the brilliant, rumpled bed of a detective Lt. Columbo had quite an inauspicious start. William Link and his late writing and producing partner Richard Levinson first introduced Columbo in a minor role in a 1960 episode called "Enough Rope" of the long-forgotten NBC anthology series "The Chevy Mystery Show." Bert Freed played the raincoat clad detective who would always give "enough rope" to a murderer so they would be tripped up by quirky Columbo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2009 | Victoria Kim
In a hearing Wednesday, the daughter of "Columbo" star Peter Falk described lifelong tensions between the 81-year-old actor's children and his wife of more than 30 years. Now Catherine Falk and her stepmother are locked in a court battle for control of the ailing star, who has dementia.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2009 | Associated Press
A judge refused to establish a conservatorship for Peter Falk on Monday, but has scheduled testimony to decide whether court intervention is necessary to allow visits between the ailing actor and his daughter. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva K. Bobb scheduled an evidentiary hearing on May 27 to try to determine how close the "Columbo" star was to his adopted daughter, Catherine, before falling ill.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2003 | Penny Peyser, Special to The Times
When I dropped by the Show Biz office and filled out my application back in the '70s, there was a cardinal rule. If you were going to remake a movie, the studios at least had the decency to wait until the original stars were dead. It was a kinder, gentler time. All right not really, but at least a simpler time in the world of movies. The Spielberg/Lucas blockbusters were en vogue but the phrase "tent pole" hadn't become a common term in the trades.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
Canceled: After seven seasons, HBO has canceled "Arli$$," the comedy series starring Robert Wuhl. One more thing: More than 30 years after he originated the character, Peter Falk is filming a new TV movie about the sly private eye, "Columbo Likes the Nightlife," for ABC. Pickup: UPN has picked up its new incarnation of "The Twilight Zone" for the full season. Forest Whitaker hosts the sci-fi series.
NEWS
January 6, 1991
I have enjoyed the "Columbo" series for many years and was very pleased with the new film "Columbo Goes to College." In an age of Rambos, commandos and other characters who disappear like the wind, it is a pleasure to see Lt. Columbo endure and grow--especially with the same old Columbo hero, so ably portrayed by Peter Falk. Clarence B. Santos, Los Angeles
NEWS
October 24, 2002
Canceled: After seven seasons, HBO has canceled "Arli$$," the comedy series starring Robert Wuhl. One more thing: More than 30 years after he originated the character, Peter Falk is filming a new TV movie about the sly private eye, "Columbo Likes the Nightlife," for ABC. Pickup: UPN has picked up its new incarnation of "The Twilight Zone" for the full season. Forest Whitaker hosts the sci-fi series.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
A cranky little two-character job, Lee Kalcheim's "Defiled" is a bomb-threat play in which a wily cop and a sociopathic librarian get to know each other. They get to know each other well enough for the librarian to deliver monologues that begin with lines such as "You sound like my father. He was a practical man. He ran a hardware store. . . ." Yikes! Send in the best two actors you have, and maybe we can save this thing! Well, here's the good news.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, Susan Freudenheim is a Times staff writer
Jason Alexander rushes into the Founders Room at the Geffen Playhouse, apologizing profusely for being late after getting caught in traffic en route to the theater where he and Peter Falk will be performing in "Defiled," opening May 31. In Lee Kalcheim's play, a young librarian and a cop nearing retirement meet after the former wires his beloved library with bombs and threatens to blow it up in an attempt to stave off the advance of the technological world.
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