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'Hollywood Squares' Host

Cops FOUND My Stolen

Hippie Surfer Painting

12/13/2012 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Peter Marshall -- the original host of "Hollywood Squares" -- just got some GREAT NEWS ... cops found a painting of a Jesus-esque surfer bro that was stolen from his home nearly 30 years ago!!!

It's a crazy story -- the hippie-lookin' dude is actually "Brother Dave" ... aka Marshall's son Dave LaCock. Turns out Marshall had commissioned a local artist named Charles Bragg to paint the portrait more than 30 years ago.

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But in 1982, some scumbag burglars broke into the TV legend's home and stole the art right off his wall .. along with several other items. Marshall reported the theft to police ... but the case went cold ... until last month. 

"Brother Dave" happened to surface at a flea market in Long Beach ... and was purchased by a woman named Shannon Turk, who was completely unaware it was stolen property.

Turk contacted the artist to find out about the painting ... and that's when she discovered it was still technically "hot" property. Turk immediately turned the portrait over to police.

TMZ spoke to Marshall, who tells us he is "thrilled" that Brother Dave has surfaced ... and looks forward to getting the painting back in his possession as soon as cops clear it for release.

Marshall adds, "Of all the paintings that were stolen, some were very valuable, and this was always the one I wanted returned."

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Mary Bailey    

Peter Marshall's son's last name is La****, not Le****.

616 days ago
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616 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

I'm happy for him, Merry Christmas, Peter!!

616 days ago
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kp    

Wnen Pete La**** played for the KC Royals the joke was; Babe Ruth had the Baby Ruth Bar, what did Pete La**** have? Answer: La**** Sucker.

616 days ago
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She's baaaack    

Try as I might I can't find a bad thing to say about that story. That's a nice story.

616 days ago
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Bippie3    

Groovy!

616 days ago
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Bruno    

Happy for him.

616 days ago
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Toilethead    

Cool story. He has another son, Pete La****, who played major league baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

616 days ago
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cobrazombie    

That's not a bad painting.

616 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Far out, man.

616 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Dave La Who?

616 days ago
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w    

Hope he gives her a nice reward!

616 days ago
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R    

I did not know he was still alive.

616 days ago
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