June 24, 2011, - 8:15 pm
Can’t let the day go by without marking the passing of one of my favorite actors, Peter Falk.
Most remember him for his role as Lt. Columbo, the clever detective in the eponymous TV series and movies. But I especially loved Falk as a wacky CIA agent in “The In-Laws” with Alan Arkin, a terrific movie, which I recommend if you haven’t seen it and which my late father took me to see because he loved it so much. I was only around ten years old, but I laughed and laughed and laughed along with my dad. I also loved Falk as Columbo, especially for his famous “Just one more thing” line. I’m a “Just one more thing” kind of girl and often find myself using that phrase (and I often used it to describe other people). (Plus, I love a rumpled trenchcoat.) Falk played all of these roles with only one eye, which I never knew until today.
Peter Falk, Columbo’s Alter Ego, Blessed Be His Memory
You may not know this but Peter Falk was a proud, pro-Israel Jew, in addition to being a proud American. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, after being rejected from the U.S. Armed Forces because of his glass eye. But he also volunteered to fight for Israel against Egypt in the 1948 War of Independence. He was a proud, pro-Israel Jew. From the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles:
Falk was born to an Eastern European Jewish family in New York in 1927. He wore a glass eye most of his life after losing his right eye to a tumor at the age of 3.
At the close of World War II, Falk tried to sign up for the armed services but was rejected because of his eye. Following service with the U.S. Merchant Marines, he signed up to go to Israel to fight Egypt. “I just wanted more excitement …. However, the war, to everyone’s amazement, was over in the blink of an eye,” he wrote in his 2006 autobiography, “Just One More Thing.”
I would say, “Just One More Thing,” but his career and service speak for themselves. “Just One More Thing . . .” should be on his tombstone, along with Peter Falk, Proud American, Proud Jew, Zichrono LiVrachah [Blessed Be His Memory].
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