So whenever Columbo came up with a brilliant insight, he would say to the murderer, 'You know, I ran into my brother-in-law the other day and he said blah blah blah.' So every time Columbo came up with anything brilliant, he would always attribute it to one of his in-laws!
San Diego (PRWEB) October 9, 2008
Peter Falk, best known for playing the classic TV detective Lt. Columbo, talks about his famous character in a one-hour interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine (http://www.tvtimemachine.com), hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
On TV Time Machine, Peter Falk gives one of his most comprehensive interviews ever about his nearly fifty-years in television and movies. Joined by author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile), Mr. Falk discusses his two Academy Award-nominated roles in Pocketful of Miracles and Murder Inc., and his most famous role of all--the seemingly dim-bulb LAPD homicide detective named Lt. Columbo.
"Columbo was never comfortable if somebody considered him unique or smart," says Falk. "So whenever Columbo came up with a brilliant insight, he would say to the murderer, 'You know, I ran into my brother-in-law the other day and he said blah blah blah.' So every time Columbo came up with anything brilliant, he would always attribute it to one of his in-laws!"
In addition to playing Columbo on the small screen, Mr. Falk has also had an impressive feature film career, appearing in such movies as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The In-Laws, and The Princess Bride. However, it was a lesser-known film named Wind Across the Everglades that Peter Falk will always remember.
"In 1958, I was shooting a movie in Florida, and I decided to go to Havana Cuba to see what it was like," says Falk. "I was still wearing my costume from the picture when I got on a plane and flew to Havana. While I was taking in the sights, a car pulled up to me, three men got out and arrested me. I was then taken to a police station and interrogated. They thought I was with Fidel Castro's army because I was in my costume, I looked like a bum, and I had a big black beard!"
Host Jim Benson also explores with Peter Falk and author Mark Dawidziak, Columbo's first appearance in the 1967 TV-movie Prescription Murder (created and written by Richard Levinson and William Link), Columbo's multitude of relatives, and his classic, but catastrophic, car.
Columbo originally aired on NBC as part of The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie from 1971-78. In 1989, ABC revived the series and aired twenty-four TV-movies, the last in 2003. The series has garnered four Emmy Awards for Mr. Falk, as well as a Golden Globe Award.
TV Time Machine http://www.tvtimemachine.com is a unique Internet radio show that explores classic TV and its influence over the past five decades. Beyond nostalgia, TV Time Machine spotlights TV's impact on our culture and society, and explores how present-day television and its movers and shakers have been -and are still - influenced by the stories, programs, and characters of television's past.
TV Time Machine host Jim Benson has interviewed a multitude of legendary TV celebrities, authors and experts of all stripes on his radio program, covering shows ranging from Mr. Ed to Meet the Press and topics such as Technology on TV and TV's Turning Points. A TV historian for over twenty-five years, Mr. Benson has contributed to dozens of TV productions-- including a recent appearance on Penn & Teller's Bullshit!, and is a Historical Consultant on Universal Studios' DVD release of Rod Serling's Night Gallery: Season Two.
Jim Benson, host, TV Time Machine