Peter Falk, the “Columbo” dreamy-eyed and rumpled raincoat, the protagonist of the popular television series created in 1967 on the American channel NBC and became a cult in Italy in the late ’70s is dead. The actor, ill for some time Alzheimer’s was 83 years. The news was released by his family, who have not revealed the cause of death last night in Los Angeles.
Born in New York in 1927 by Hungarian-born Polish father and Russian mother, before beginning his artistic career Peter Michael Falk had worked as an employee of the State of Connecticut. Bored by the routine of office, he began to study acting, making the bones in the theater on Broadway. At the turn of the ’50s and ’60s had come to investments in the TV series. The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock presents and Naked City. But the film had given him, in 61, the unforgettable role as a sympathetic gangster boss’s superstition alongside Glenn Ford, Pocketful of Miracles.
That look a bit ‘so, become distinctive of the plaintiff, was due to the artificial eye, which led to the actor when, three years, they had to remove his right eye due to a tumor. Legend has it that the boss Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures during a casting Falk has refused, saying: “For the same money I can have an actor with two eyes.” The Columbo had been continuously aired from ’71 to ’78 and, given the great success, they were also shot films for television. Falk had won, thanks to his character, four Emmy Awards as Best Actor.
Falk had two long marriages. In the 60s he married Alycia Mayo, known when they were both students at Syracuse University. The couple had adopted two children, Catherine and Jackie, and divorced after sixteen years of marriage. The year after separation, in ’77, he married fellow actor Shera Danese, who appears in six episodes of the television series in Colombo. The last few years, Falk had been difficult. In 2008 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the adopted daughter Catherine had requested, and at first obtained legal custody. The decision was appealed his second wife, Shera Danese, where the plaintiff, before health deteriorates, he had a mandate to manage his health and his business.