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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc (3 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719396
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,355,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Peter Falk turns out to have a talent for writing in much the same way he talks.. in wry commentary, with no small amount of wit.
He sets out his stall early on - he has no intention of telling you his life story, but instead wants to write a book that you can pick up for 10 minutes before bed, or in the bath, and enjoy a few entertaining stories. Nonetheless, in doing so (and in no particular order), we do learn much about his life, just little about what he thinks about the important events in his life - only some of what he enjoyed or found funny in it.
The end result leaves you much with the feeling of having sat down and had a chat with the man over a beer, swapping stories of people and places. Subjects covered range from his admiration and friendship with John Cassavetes, his role of Columbo (of course) and some of his leading ladies, to his wife, his early travels and quite a few of his favourite ad libs from other stars. Basically it feels like it is whatever came into his head on the day he sat down at the typewriter.
As such, this is a quiet success.. he uses much space on the page with different fonts and sizes of font to break up the text and make his point, so that there actually is very little reading in the book. There are plenty of photos and drawings (we find out he has a passion for sketching and drawing).
Entertaining as a light frothy read, although if you want more on his inner thoughts and life story, or an exposé of Hollywood, best look elsewhere. As a work of literature this may not rate highly, but for its intended audience (the folk who want that 10 minute read in the bath or before bed) it fits the bill nicely.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Femmielala on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure if I enjoyed this or not...as I think I blinked and missed it!

I love Columbo, he's one of my all-time favourite tv characters. So I was eager to read Peter Falk's autobiography. Unlike other examples of this genre, Falk doesn't go into mind numbing detail about his early life. Instead he opts to chat with the reader in a friendly, colloquial style and tell short snappy annecdotes about a career that has spanned over 50 years. You could almost imagine that you're sat with him, in a diner, enjoying a bowl of chilli and listening to his stories. Some of them are very amusing, some are a little odd, and some fall a little flat (or maybe I just didn't get them?). On the whole this was an enjoyable book, just too short. I wanted to hear more and I wanted a little more detail. All in all though, a must for any Columbo/Falk fans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Neutral VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
In 2008, following a series of dental operations, Peter Falk was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, an horrendous condition which takes away the individual personality while leaving the body intact. It can last for years until the body closes itself down. Although he is physically fit, the 83 year old former actor can no longer remember Columbo, the television series from which the title of the book is taken. He has round the clock care from his second wife and supervised visits from his adopted daughters (which were only permitted after a court case). This brilliant autobiography, written in 2006, is a permanent reminder of the talent he had and a record of how an actor with a glass eye captured the imagination of television audiences. Unlike the average self-serving stories of Hollywood stars Falk's tale is episodic, under-stated, amusing and an absolute joy to read. Whereas stars are usually awarded at the end of a review, on this occasion Falk's five star status is in the first paragraph.

Falk became an actor in 1955 at the age of 28. He had previously spent a year in the merchant navy working his way down from third cook to mess boy, was turned down by the CIA and was a civil servant specialising in efficiency. For four years he worked in the off-Broadway theatre, earning $10 a week rehearsal and $30 a week when the show opened, which didn't leave much to dine at the Waldorf. He got a small part in the film Murder Inc in 1960 and was nominated for an Oscar. He was rising from his seat when he heard the winner in his category was "Peter.." but sat down when "Ustinov" was announced. He immeidately fired the agent who had managed to get him nominated in the first place.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 2 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Peter Falk has written an amusing collection of anecdotes from his long and ineresting life. Although this is not an autobiography, there is much fascinating information about his life here, and mostof the stories are very amusing.

I particularly liked the story about how he was persuaded to appear on Roumanian television in the early 1970s, to convince the people of Roumania that the government was not witholding episodes of 'Columbo' from them (since they were only getting six episodes a year, they were convinced they were being deprived of other episodes). And it's fun to read why he didn't appear in 'The Godfather'. And I was pleased to learn that the ancient raincoat he wears in Columbo is his very own, and still hangs in his closet.

You may wish that this book went into more detail about his life, but there is plenty to amuse you in this book, so forget about the missing details, and just enjoy it.
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