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Orlando Sentinel – Actor Peter Falk Dies at 83

Posted by 4love2love on June 24, 2011

Peter Falk: 1927-2011
posted by otownrog on June, 24 2011 1:49 PM

Peter Falk was best known for the TV series “Columbo,” playing a deceptively cunning detective who always got his man (or woman) by allowing himself to be underestimated. He won four Emmys playing that part.
But before and after he wore the trenchcoat and drove the battered old Volvo, he made a mark in movies.
I remember him in “Robin and the Seven Hoods,” “The Great Race” “Pocketful of Miracles” (one of his two Oscar nominations) and other ’60s fare.
But he attained big screen immortality with “The In-Laws,” co-starring the great Alan Arkin.
“Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!”

Falk, a damned funny guy in that film, oddly and magically cast in “Wings of Desire” (playing himself, essentially), the grandpa who reads the story of “The Princess Bride” to little Fred Savage, died Thursday.
He was 83.
Falk came to Orlando for the 2005 Florida Film Festival with the film “The Thing About My Folks,” which he appeared in opposite Paul Reiser. Look at this list of credits – half a century of work. He was a great character actor on stage and screen.


I have to say that I am utterly hearbroken. It’s like losing the Golden Girls and many of the other well-reknowned actors that have died in the last 10 years. Peter Falk was an icon in crime dramas with a unique style of acting that was so unlike many others. He will be deeply missed and his work greatly treasured. I know personally his role in “The Princess Bride” was one of my fondest memories of his career in playing the kindly grandfather with a slightly stern attitude who dearly loved his grandson, which often reminded me of the things my own grandfather would do out of his way to make me happy when he could.


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