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Composer John Cacavas dies aged 83

January 31st, 2014 3:20am EST
Hawaii Five-O
Acclaimed TV and film composer John Cacavas has died at the age of 83.

He passed away on Tuesday (28Jan14) at his home in Beverly Hills. No further details of his death have been released.

Cacavas kicked off his composing career in 1972 with the feature film Horror Express, starring Christopher Lee, and went on to score two movies in the Airport film franchise - Airport 1975 and Airport '77.

Thanks to his close friendship with Kojak actor Telly Savalas, he acted as the composer on his pal's crime drama series for all five seasons, earning an Emmy nomination for Original Music for a Serie...
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'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies At 83

June 24th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Peter Falk
Veteran actor Peter Falk, who played the famous rumpled police detective in "Columbo," died at his home in Beverly Hills on Thursday at age 83.

The actor suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to 2008 papers filed by his daughter Catherine Falk at Los Angeles County Superior Court. She claimed her father "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety."

Falk had a full film, TV and Broadway career. In 1968, Falk first assumed the role of Columbo, the disheveled police lieutenant whose seemingly slow and inept investigative manner masked a steel-trap mind....
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Master Thespian William Shatner Turns 80

March 22nd, 2011 8:07am EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek legend William Shatner is preparing to boldy go into his eighties this week - the veteran actor becomes an octogenarian on Tuesday.

After starting out as a classically-trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner swapped the theatrical stage for the bright lights of Hollywood in the late 1950s and went on to win the part that has defined his career - Captain James T. Kirk in classic sci-fi TV show Star Trek.

When the series came to an end in 1969, he reprised his role as Kirk on numerous occasions, including seven Star Trek movies, but has continued to find success on the small screen...
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Pal's Say Wife Should Take Care Of Peter Falk, Not Daughter

January 31st, 2009 1:06pm EST
Peter Falk
Showbiz pals of Columbo star Peter Falk are backing his wife's fight for the right to care for the actor as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

Last month, Falk's adopted daughter, Catherine Falk, filed papers claiming her father has dementia and Alzheimer's disease and can no longer care for himself. Catherine is asking the court to name her his conservator.

But last week, Falk's second wife, Shera, fought back by filing her own court papers, insisting he should be allowed to remain at home with her. She alleges her husband of 32 years never attended Catherine's wedding and has never...
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Peter Falk Has Alzheimer's

December 16th, 2008 9:21am EST
Peter Falk
Veteran actor Peter Falk's daughter has filed papers stating her father is no longer able to run his own life, due to deteriorating health, insisting he needs to be placed under a conservatorship order to protect him.

The former Columbo star, 81, suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to papers filed by Catherine Falk at Los Angeles County Superior Court. She claims her father "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety."

The documents further state Catherine is worried her father "can easily be deceived into transferring away property" and beli...
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William Shatner: A Man Of Many Talents

July 17th, 2008 12:25pm EDT
William Shatner
William Alan Shatner is a man of many talents. With over fifty years of acting experience, he is a critically acclaimed musician and author, and at seventy-seven he revels in his status as a titan of popular culture. Just one glimpse of the man's face brings on a deluge of images and names: Captain James Tiberius Kirk; long………… dramatic……… pauses; Priceline.com-the list could go on for pages. Below you will find the career of William Shatner broken down into a few categories, starting from his humble beginnings in the 1950s all the way through to the man we have today.

Early career

D...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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Actor Bart Burns Dies

July 20th, 2007 2:57pm EDT
Veteran actor Bart Burns has died of natural causes. He was 89. Burns, who starred on the Broadway stage, on TV and in movies over the course of 50 years, passed away at his home in West Hills, California on July 11th. Born George Joseph Burns in New York City, he changed his name in 1947 to avoid any confusion with the legendary comedian.

Burns went on to make hundreds of guest appearances on TV shows including Gunsmoke, Columbo, Baretta and The Rockford Files. His movie career included parts in Seven Days In May, The Iceman Cometh and Legal Eagles.

-Check out Bart Burns' Filmog...
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'Columbo' Heads For Broadway

July 14th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Columbo
Beloved TV detective Columbo is set to solve crimes on Broadway in a new stage spectacular. Actor Norm Boucher will take on the role Peter Falk made famous in new play Columbo Takes the Rap.

The show is taking on Broadway after wowing critics at the International Mystery Writers festival in Owensboro, Kentucky last month, according to the New York Post.

Columbo Takes the Rap will launch a national tour before its Broadway run next year.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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Peter Falk Loved Playing 'Columbo'

August 30th, 2006 11:26am EDT
Peter Falk
Peter Falk adored playing TV detective Columbo because he could look as shabby as he liked. Falk, 79, was thrilled when he realized he could skip the make-up department and simply turn up with a cigar.

He says, "I love that about Columbo. To be honest there was only one requirement for the make-up in Columbo - there was only one look, and the requirement was to look bad. So I'd be ready - it would take me about a minute and a half. I'd walk past the mirror on my way to the bathroom, look in the mirror and I was ready. I didn't shave, I didn't need a haircut and I didn't want make-up o...
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Peter Falk Recalls Embarrassing Incident Involving His Glass Eye

August 3rd, 2006 1:47pm EDT
Peter Falk
TV legend Peter Falk was left humiliated when he saw Art Tatum perform because his pals hid his false eye in the jazz legend's drink. The actor, famous for his role as TV detective Colombo, lost his right eye to cancer when he was just three years old, and he told friends he would be unable to attend the Tatum concert because he had misplaced his glass replacement.

But his friends persuaded him that people would not notice he was lacking an eye in a dark jazz club, so he went along - and walked right into their practical joke.

He says, "When it got too late and the place emptied...
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New TV on DVD, June 27

June 27th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Why whittle away your time channel surfing this summer (and only catching reruns or reality shows) when you can pop in a DVD of your favorite TV show? This week's releases include the fourth season of Monk, which centers on bumbling detective Adrian Monk, who tries to balance his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with solving crimes. Or tune in to season five of Columbo, another detective-driven series. If neither of those suit your tastes, check out season four of Roseanne.
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New TV on DVD, March 14

March 14th, 2006 8:00am EST
MacGyver
Check out this week's new DVD releases: MacGyver season five continues the adventures of the special ops agent who is skilled with his swiss army knife and duct tape. Season one of I Dream Of Jeannie is also available in either black and white or color versions. The third season of Murder, She Wrote about a mystery writer/detective also hits shelves. Or if a male detective is more your speed, check out the fourth season of Columbo.

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'Columbo's' Peter Falk is America's Favorite TV Detective

February 20th, 2006 10:08am EST
Peter Falk
Peter Falk's famous turn as Lieutenant Columbo is still America's favorite TV detective, according to a new TV Guide poll. The quirky crime solver, which Falk played on TV throughout the 1970s and again recently in a one-off special, beat obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and Twin Peaks' resident snoop Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) to claim the top spot on the new list.

The full list of favorite TV detectives, according to TV Guide, is:

1. Lt. Columbo in Columbo (Peter Falk)

2. Adrian Monk in Monk (Tony Shalhoub)

3. Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (...
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