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Just One More Thing

By Peter Falk

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2008
Peter Falk came to prominence as an actor in 1956 in the highly successful off-Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh with Jason Robards. Although he worked continuously for the next three years, bouncing from one off-Broadway theatre to the next, a theatrical agent advised him not to expect much work in motion pictures because of his glass eye. Later, a talent scout for Columbia Pictures described Falk as a second John Garfield, but Harry Cohn, the head of Columbia Pictures, unfortunately disagreed- For the same price, I can get an actor with two eyes. But in 1958, Twentieth Century Fox came to New York to make a movie Murder Inc and Falk landed a juicy role for which he received rave reviews and, incredibly, was nominated for an Academy Award. He was then nominated again for his second film, Pocketful of Miracles starring Bette Davis. Falk went on to become a favourite among filmgoers, yet it was through television that he reached his widest audience as Lt. Columbo, winning four Emmys for the role. Interestingly, Columbo's raincoat came out of Falk's bedroom closet. He bought it years before he became an actor. He's been quoted as saying, I wanted to wear something peo

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The reluctant actor who was nominated for two Oscars and who immortalised Lieutenant Columbo around the world shares his hilarious and often touching stories - in his own inimitable voice.

About the Author

Peter Falk has appeared in over forty-one motion pictures, numerous plays, and many television programs, most notably Columbo. Falk continues to act in feature films, including the soon-to-be released Retirement and The Book of Joe. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo, the bumbling detective on the Emmy Award-winning show of the same name, two-time Oscar nominee Falk reflects on his long career in theater, film, and television in his first book. Employing an anecdotal style, he discusses his early life (including his diagnosis of cancer of the eye at three years old), his schooling, his marriage, and his acting experiences. Falk's theatrical career took off with The Iceman Cometh, and film roles in Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World followed. His work with director/producer Wim Wenders and actor/director John Cassavetes in improvisational cinema, as well as his acting in the popular comedies The In-Laws and The Princess Bride, are also covered. Falk writes about the creative process regarding Columbo: "Every chance I got, I'd try to bum a match, ask someone if they had an extra pencil, pat my pockets trying to locate where I put my notebook. These were the mannerisms that evolved and soon made up the Columbo character." A light, easy read for all of you Falk fans and a unique item for performing arts collections. Recommended for all libraries. Barbara Kundanis, Geneva P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780099509554
ISBN: 0099509555
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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