Falk's Glass Eye Woes

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 veteran actor, famous for his role as raincoat-wearing 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, the five of us stood around the piano listening to Tatum play. "Art liked his gin and usually had a jigger (a measure of liquor) within reach. At one point he slid the jigger in my direction, saying, 'Help yourself.' "I lifted the jigger and then I noticed something at the bottom of the glass - my glass eye! Those sons of bitches had stolen my eye and set me up. I can still see Tatum laughing."


Contactmusic

Tags: Peter Falk


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

Peter Falk Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Peter Falk

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All