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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.
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.
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.