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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, June 7, 1974

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Falk
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Y)
-Peter Falk was a pool playing
fool.
"I can't do anything nalf
way," the star of "Colombo, '
recalled. "I can't shoot pool
from 11 to 1 o'clock. I'd come
home at 8 o'clock in the m.rn-
ing.
"ONE MORNING I got into
bed and my wife rolled over
and said pleasantly, 'Why don't
you grow up?'
"If she'd been angry it wou'd

reflects on 'Columbo' role

not have had much effect."
lie swore off and retired his
pool cue about five years ago.
But books on billiards still line
the den walls of his S200O.00
Tudor mansion in Beverly Hills,
just off Sunset Boulevard.
IT LOOKS like one of the
rich places he goes to in "Col-
umbo," shambling in wearing
a wrinkled raincoat and drib-
bling cigar ashes on the carpet.
Falk, 44, ordered a glass of

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soda at a restaurant near his
home and considered himself
and Colombo.
"In my personal life I'm not
the best dressed guy," he said.
"But I don't have Colunib)s
insatiable curiosity.
"I SHARE with him a zeroin
obsessiveness. He doesn't quit.
I don't quit either.
"I think he's a happyellow.
I think so am I. I think I pro-
bably have a bigger ego than
he does. He gets his satisfac-
tion out of doing his job. He
knows who he is and he has no
need for superficial recogisi-
tion."
A woman in jeans and a blue
work shirt came over and re-
minded Falk of the time they
had been together in a stailed
elevator in New York. Falk said
he couldn't recall.
SHE KEPT talking about "you
crazy guys in the elevator," and
left only after she gave him
her name and telephone num-
ber.
Falk shook his head and said,
"The things you have to put up
with when you're an actor.
But a few minutes later Falk
squinted across the room and
did some celebrity spotting of
his own. He spied Johnny (ar-
son at a corner table.
FALK'S FIRST series, "The
Trials of O'Brien," ran for 22
episodes in 1965-66.
"Colombo is a man of few
words. Columbo defers to oth-
ers. O'Brien was brash.

him. He's a quiet man, extreme- HE PAUSED, then said:
ly considerate of others." "That's why it took me so long
to face the truth. I denied it
FALK SAID that next season until I was 26 years old."
he will make only six "Colum- Falk, who had earned a mas-
'in my personal life I'm not the best dressed
guy. But I don't have Columbo's insatiable
curiousity. I share with him a certain ob-
sessiveness. He doesn't quit. I don't quit
either.'
-Peter Falk
Dr...aere/ - .. - - . ,... ... .sacsa

"'Columbo' was a change ot
pace for me. It's the first time
I had an opportunity to play
someone who was as polite as

at me funny . . It's foreign to
a kid hanging around pool
halls."

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bo" spisodes instead of eight.
"The fewer you make the bet-
ter they are," he explained.
"And it gives me more time to
make movies."
Throughout much of his career
Falk played characters who
came on strong. In "Luv" he
was a philandering husband who
got Jack Lemmon to take his
wife off his hands.
TWO GANGSTER roles,
"Murder Inc." in 1961 and "A
Pocketful of Miracles" in 1962,
won him Oscar nominations.
At his home his two Emmys
are stuck on ' a bottom shelf of
a bookcase. He won the first in
1962 as the feisty truck driver
in "The Price of Tomatoes" on
"The Dick Powell Show" and
his second in 1972 for "Colom-
ho."
Falk, born in New York City
and raised in Ossining, N.Y.,
had acted much of his life, but
resisted turning professional un-
til 1955 when he was 26.
HE WAS more interested in
sports in school, lettering in
track, baseball and basketball.
"The theater wasn't on my
mind," he recalled.
"In high school I never did
anything until the senior play.
Another student got sick and I
took his place as a detective.
"COME TO think of it, he was
a lot like Columbo. A shambling
guy.
"In college I went to the dra-
matics workshop at the New
School because I thought it was
a delightful way to get credits.
They offered me a scholarship
to be a full-time acting student,
but I turned it down. I had no
intention of becoming an actor.
"Acting just didn't seem mas-
culine. I couldn't conceive of
myself being an actor. I could
not tell my friends on the street
corners of New York I was go-
ing to be an actor. They'd look

ter's degree in public admin-
istration at Syracuse university,
worked as an efficiency expert
for the state of Connecticut and
at night performed with t h e
Mark Twain Maskers, an ama-
teur theater group.
He went to New York in 1955
and got a role as the earthy
bartender in a stage production
of Eugene O'Neill's "The Ice-
man Cometh."
In rapid succession he appear-
ed in four other plays and went
into movies and television.
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govt. Fwith
advisors
The Utiversity of Michigan
ranks second in the nation in
the number of university repre-
sentatives on federal depart-
ment and agency advisory com-
mittees.
There are 117 University staff
members on the advisory bodies.
Only Harvard University, with
129 persons, ranked higher.
Trailing Michigan with 1103 per-
sons each were Johns Hopkins
University, Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology, and t h e
University of California at Los
Angeles.
WASHINGTON University eco-
nomist Murray Weidenbaum
made the analysis of influences
by the nation's universities on
federal government operations.
His study appears in the May
issue of Change magazine, a
leading opinion magazine f o r
people in higher learning.
Weidenbaum found that 50 top
universities, out of some 2,700
higher learning institutions, ac-
counted for 63 per cent of all
academic memberships in ad-
visory committees of federal de-
partments and agencies.

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