Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Falk
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1927.
Countries: United States (59%), United Kingdom (8%), New York (7%)
Linked to: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, The New School, Ossining High School, Cigar Aficionado
He was cast in the supporting role of killer Abe Reles, in a film based on the real-life murder gang of that name, that had terrorized New York in the 1930s
Falk obtained a Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1953
Falk made his Broadway debut in 1956, appearing in Alexander Ostrovsky's "Diary of a Scoundrel"
Bert Freed - Freed played Columbo in a live 1960 episode of the "Chevy Mystery Theatre" seven years before Peter Falk played the role
Thomas Mitchell (actor) - In the early 1960s, Mitchell originated the stage role "Columbo", later made famous on television by Peter Falk ; Columbo was Mitchell's last role
In 1961, Falk was nominated for an "Emmy award" for his performance in the episode "Cold Turkey" of James Whitmore's short-lived series "The Law and Mr. Jones" on ABC
Tommy Sands - Later in 1963, Sands joined Peter Falk in "The Gus Morgan Story" on ABC's "Wagon Train"
In 1968, he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute television pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective
In 1971, Pierre Cossette produced the first Grammy awards show on television with some help from Falk
Jane Greer - Noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Bonanza", "Quincy, M.E.", "Murder, She Wrote", and a 1975 gig with Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn in an episode of "Columbo" titled "Troubled Waters"
Shera Danese - She married Peter Falk, the star of "Columbo", on December 7, 1977, they were married for nearly 34 years until June 23, 2011, when Falk died at the age of 83
Trish Van Devere - She starred alongside Peter Falk in a 1978 episode of the long-running detective drama series "Columbo", entitled "Make Me a Perfect Murder", in which she portrayed high-flying TV producer Kay Freestone
In 1996 TV Guide ranked him number 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list
In a 1997 interview in "Cigar Aficionado" magazine with Arthur Marx, Falk said, "I remember once in high school the umpire called me out at third base when I was sure I was safe
Josh Hutcherson - In 2003, he played the lead role in the comedy "Miracle Dogs" ; starred opposite Peter Falk and Timothy Daly in the made-for-television film, "Wilder Days"; and had a minor role in the well-reviewed independent film, "American Splendor"
In 2007, Falk appeared with Nicolas Cage in the thriller "Next"
Rumors of Falk's dementia plagued the actor in the final years of his life and exacerbated when, in late April 2008, Falk was photographed by paparazzi looking disheveled and acting animated in the streets of Beverly Hills, California
At a two-day conservatorship trial in Los Angeles in June 2009, one of Falk's personal physicians, Dr. Stephen Read, reported that Falk had rapidly slipped into dementia after a series of dental operations in 2007