Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When bad things happen to good people...

Document: Actor Peter Falk has Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court document filed by Peter Falk's daughter says the Emmy-winning actor is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Catherine Falk is seeking a court's approval for a conservatorship of her 81-year-old father, who she claims no longer recognizes people. A hearing has been scheduled for late January.

Falk is familiar to most audiences as the star of the television series "Columbo," for which he won four Emmys. He was also nominated twice for Academy Awards for movie roles in 1959 and 1960.

The petition filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court states Falk lives in Beverly Hills with his wife and recently had hip surgery and requires constant care.

A phone message left for Falk's manager was not immediately returned Tuesday.

A raconteur like Falk--filled with stories about the acting challenges he's taken on and the people he worked with...why couldn't this happen to a boring actor?


Craig Zablo said...

Sad news indeed. Why does it have to happen to anyone?

Sam said...

I heard a few moths ago about Falk coming out of a store and forgetting where his car was until paparazzi who were standing outside pointed it out to him. It's a shame for this to happen to such a great person.

Erica said...

It's a horror, this disease, and I'm sick to hear that he's become afflicated.

There was a really disgusting photo of him in today's paper, which the NY Post re-ran, of him looking like a psychotic,
disheveled, old eccentric...unbottoned shirt exposing his belly, messy's hideous, and I'm appalled that they would exploit an old Alzheimer's patient in such a reprehensible, callus way.

Poor guy. I hope that, when he does go, it will be with a modicum of dignity and without invasive paparazzi exploiting his every move and misstep.

So sad.

Edward Copeland said...

AP screwed up (as usual) he was nominated for the 1960 film Murder, Inc. and the 1961 film A Pocketful of Miracles.