Post by mickeygubitosifan on Jun 25, 2011 0:48:27 GMT -5
I heard about that, too. Columbo is a detective so renowned and so identifiable by the single-name moniker that is also the title of the television series about him, that I didn't even know his first name was "Michael."
As Jeremy Brett did for Sherlock Holmes, Peter Falk brought life to the on-screen portrayal of his own famous detective character at a level of creative brilliance that few others have ever equaled. Columbo has to be considered one of the greatest popular fictional detectives of the last several hundred years, joining the likes of Father Brown, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Adrian Monk.
Will Columbo and his uniquely gifted portrayer be missed? Most definitely. No one did it like Columbo, and Peter Falk had more than a few memorable roles independent of the great detective, including as the grandfather in The Princess Bride. It's sad to lose the man who gave us all of that.