I think it's safe to say that the chances of us seeing any more iconic television characters is going to be fairly slim. With the popularity of cable and so many different networks out there television has become very diluted over the past several years. Then you add in the "reality" show boom and it cuts down the chances even more. But back in the day, they were sprouting up all the time. And unfortunately, now leaving us just as fast.
Actor Peter Falk, best known for his role as TV detective Lt. Columbo, passed away Thursday evening at his Beverly Hills home. He was 83-years-old.
I have really been slipping with my check-ups on the current events in pop culture news. Otherwise I would have caught this much sooner than now. Mom is the one that brought it to my attention. It only seemed appropriate since she is the one that brought most of the nighttime drama shows of that era to my attention.
"Columbo" was never one of the shows that I was able to really get into back in the 70s. Maybe because I was too young to appreciate the whole detective aspect of the show. The one thing that I always remember about him was him was his trademark wardrobe and idiosyncrasies that ended up making that character so iconic. I can still hear his "Oh..one more thing" echoing in my head whenever the show and/or character does happen to cross my mind.
What I actually remember about Falk the most was his role in former Vault Pick "The Princess Bride". He played the grandfather that was reading the story to a young Fred Savage. It was like Columbo was reading the story to us. All that was missing was that wardrobe. But thanks to his unmistakeable voice and his facial expressions, all I kept thinking of the whole time was that it WAS Columbo reading that story.
Mom said she truly only watched two detective shows: "Columbo" and "Monk". Considering the pleathora of detective shows that have crossed the airwaves over the years and how selective Mom's viewing palate is, that is some lofty praise. They just don't make detectives like those anymore.
Rest in peace, Mr. Falk