COLUMBO/NBC/1971-78/ABC/1989-91 (Injured Eye)
Peter Falk, best known for his Emmy award winning role as the rumpled but clever Los Angeles police detective, Lt. Columbo. His catchphrase: “Oh, there’s just one more thing…”
At the age of three, Peter lost his right eye in surgery to a malignant tumor.He was self-conscious about his handicap until he started to play baseball.
Once, as the story goes, an umpire made a questionable call at a little league game and a very angry young Peter pulled his false eye from his head, handed it to the umpire and declared “Here you need this more than I do!”
Years later, Peter’s dark brown eye and the squint caused by his false right eye contributed to an air-of-menace and benevolent detachment that established his acting presence on such drama programs BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE/NBC/1963-67; THE DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK/NBC/1961-64; THE UNTOUCHABLES/ABC/1959-63 (Nate Selko, a thug); THE DICK POWELL SHOW/NBC/1961-63 (Outstanding single performance by an actor in a leading role in the “Price of Tomatoes”).
His first successful TV series was the law drama THE TRIALS OF O’BRIEN/CBS/1965-66 where he played Daniel J. O’Brien a talented and expensive New York attorney.
In the fall of 1989, Peter Falk reprised his role of Columbo on the newly filmed episodes of COLUMBO for ABC’s MONDAY MYSTERY MOVIE.