'The Princess Bride' is headed to Broadway

'The Princess Bride' is headed to Broadway

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Broadway's Disney Theatrical Productions says it is developing William Goldman's beloved book and movie, "The Princess Bride," as a stage work.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
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Actor Peter Falk dead at 83

Actor Peter Falk dead at 83

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Screen and TV icon Peter Falk, famous for his portrayal of Los Angeles police detective Lieutenant Frank Columbo, has died in Beverly Hills, CBS News reported.
Kevin Pollak starring in Showtime special

Kevin Pollak starring in Showtime special

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is to star in a 1-hour standup special called "The Littlest Suspect," Showtime said.
Wife put in charge of Falk's affairs

Wife put in charge of Falk's affairs

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has established a conservatorship for actor Peter Falk, who suffers from dementia, to be supervised by his wife, Shera.
Lawyer says Falk can fend for himself

Lawyer says Falk can fend for himself

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A court-appointed lawyer says in a Los Angeles Superior Court filing that actor Peter Falk is capable of managing his own personal and financial affairs.
Daughter says Falk has Alzheimer's

Daughter says Falk has Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Catherine Falk says her father, Hollywood screen icon Peter Falk, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and needs full-time custodial care.

'Harry Potter' wins two Home Video Awards

LAS VEGAS, July 13 (UPI) -- "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" won two prizes for best sell-through title and best DVD extras at the Home Entertainment Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

VSDA to honor Peter Falk as a legend

ENCINO, Calif., May 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood veteran Peter Falk was tapped Tuesday as a legend by the Video Software Dealers Association.

Falk considering 'Columbo' film

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood actor Peter Falk says he is considering bringing his beloved "Columbo" character to the big screen.

Oscar-winning director Robert Wise dead

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Oscar-winning producer/director of "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," Robert Wise, has died in Los Angeles at age 91.

Falk and ABC talking 'Columbo' scripts

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- It's been three years since ABC TV last aired a fresh "Columbo" adventure and star Peter Falk says the wait is not yet over.

Actor Ossie Davis dead at 87

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Ossie Davis -- an actor who promoted civil rights onstage, on camera and in countless protest demonstrations -- has died at 87 at a hotel in Florida.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2004 with 106 to follow.
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Peter Falk
Actor Peter falk claps as actor Wayne Rogers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tuesday, December 13, 2005 in the Hollwood section of Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/Michael Tweed)

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and Next, and television guest roles and was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once. Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film The Brink's Job said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh."

In 1996 TV Guide ranked him number 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.

In 1968, he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute television pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series titled The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan & Wife. The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 2003. He was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", wrote historian David Fantle. Describing his role, Variety columnist Howard Prouty wrote, "The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better."

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