RIP: Peter Falk (1927 – 2011)

Peter Falk

Peter Falk, best known as the detective Colombo, has died from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.

He was a legendary actor who made his name on both the small and large screens and is best recalled as the rumpled raincoat wearing detective Colombo.  For me however, I have always preferred his rather meta performance in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire.  In that film he portrayed himself on location in Berlin making a Colombo TV movie… who happens to have previously been an angel himself and offers warm words and some advise for a newly human angel.   Another great yet small role, the grandfather telling the tale of The Princess Bride.

Humorously enough, whenever I see Mr. Falk pop up on TV I usually think of a history professor that Mrs. Blahg had a bit of a crush on… he happened to look like Peter Falk with a mustache.  Winning combination I suppose.

Rest in peace Peter Falk.

May your raincoat keep you dry,
Cornelius J. Blahg

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