Wednesday, January 27, 2010

'Candid Camera' made cop famous

Victor Cianca, 92, a Pittsburgh police officer who rose to fame when "Candid Camera" broadcast footage of his flamboyant way of directing traffic, died Sunday in Pittsburgh, days after suffering a heart attack, said his son Richard.

In 1964, "Candid Camera" aired footage of Cianca directing traffic in Pittsburgh, using his arms and legs to keep cars moving. He often took slow, silly bows, would play an imaginary violin when a driver gave an excuse for a traffic violation and would pretend to sleep if a vehicle was driving too slowly.

Later, he had a cameo role in the movie "Flashdance."

Mimi Perloff

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