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Peter Falk, aka Socrates, RIP

Lt. Columbo's character was modeled on the detective in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.  And he in turn was drawn from what we know of Socrates--a shabby, obnoxious inquisitor, who always has just one more question (cf. Nero Wolfe).  One caution:  Why don't we know Columbo's first name?  The best of popular entertainment draws from the best in western civilization.
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My favorite Falk performance was his grandfather in "The Princess Bride." I'm not sure anyone else could have pulled it off as effectively. I'll miss him.

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