|Peter Falk (1927-2011)|
It is with sadness that we say our final goodbye to actor Peter Falk. There are many tributes to Falk's long career, many focusing on his iconic TV detective Columbo, the Runyon-esque tough guys he played on the big screen, or even his much-beloved appearance in Wim Wenders' arthouse classic Wings of Desire.
But here, on my blog, I want to acknowledge his appearances in the trilogy of Christmas TV movies in which he plays Max, the underestimated angel that works to bring people together for the holiday.
The first film in the series is 2001's A Town Without Christmas which also stars Patricia Heaton.
|Heaton is currently starring on the hit sitcom 'The Middle.'|
The second in the series of three films is 2003's Finding John Christmas which stars Valerie Bertinelli. In this story, a photojournalist snaps a photo of an anonymous man, down on his luck at the holiday, which runs in the local newspaper.
|Bertinelli is currently on TVLand's 'Hot in Cleveland.'|
And the third TV movie is 2004's When Angels Come to Town which stars Katey Sagal. This story centers on two people in a small town who both need help this Christmas. The angel Max attempts to help each of them but another angel, Jo, played by Sagal, believes that Max's efforts are mistaken.
|I LOVE Sagal on her current TV series 'Sons of Anarchy.'|
The cable network Universal HD will be airing all three Peter Falk Christmas TV movies starting this Thursday and repeating them each several times through Saturday. If you don't get Universal HD network, don't worry. These three movies still regularly air each December.