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Peter Falk

Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Falk


Peter Falk

American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Frank Columbo in the television series Columbo add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1927.

Countries: United States (59%), United Kingdom (8%), New York (7%)

Main connections: California, Columbo, John Payne (actor)

Linked to: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, The New School, Ossining High School, Cigar Aficionado




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Peter Falk was born in 1927 add something


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 add something


After graduating from high school in 1945, Falk briefly attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and tried to join the armed services as World War II was drawing to a close add something


He transferred to the New School for Social Research in New York City, which awarded him a bachelor's degree in literature and political science in 1951 add something


Harry Brown (writer) - It was later filmed by Stanley Kramer under the title "Eight Iron Men" with a different cast of Bonar Colleano, Lee Marvin, and Arthur Franz in 1952, was a 1961 television production with Peter Falk, Robert_Lansing, and Sal Mineo directed by Seymour Robbie


Falk obtained a Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1953 add something


Falk made his Broadway debut in 1956, appearing in Alexander Ostrovsky's "Diary of a Scoundrel" add something


In 1956, he left his job with the Budget Bureau and moved to Greenwich Village to pursue an acting career add something


His first New York stage role was in an Off-Broadway production of Molière's "Dom Juan" at the Fourth Street Theatre that closed after its only performance on January 3, 1956 add something


Falk first appeared on television in 1957, in the dramatic anthology programs that later became known as the "Golden Age of Television add something


Peugeot 403 - On the American television show " $ Columbo", starring Peter Falk, the shambling hero, detective Lt. Columbo, drove a shabby-looking 403 cabriolet dating from 1959 or 1960


Although Falk appeared in numerous other television roles in the 1960s and 1970s, he is best known as the star of the TV series "Columbo", "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle add something


For the remainder of the 1960s, Falk had mainly small movie roles and TV guest-starring appearances add something


Falk married Alyce Mayo, whom he had met when they were both students at Syracuse University, on April 17, 1960 add something


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


Henry Morgan (comedian) - Morgan appeared as Brooklyn assistant district attorney Burton Turkus in the 1960 gangster film "Murder, Inc.", playing in a cast that included Stuart Whitman, May Britt, and Peter Falk


May Britt - She starred in a few movies, including "The Young Lions" with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift and "Murder, Inc." with Peter Falk, as well as a much-criticized remake of "The Blue Angel" in the legendary role first created by Marlene Dietrich in 1930


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 add something


In 1961, multiple Academy award-winning director Frank Capra cast Falk in the comedy "Pocketful of Miracles" add something


Leo Penn - On March 3, 1961, he co-starred with Peter Falk and Joyce Van Patten in the episode "Cold Turkey" of the ABC legal drama series, "The Law and Mr. Jones" starring James Whitmore


He won an Emmy for "The Price of Tomatoes," a Dick Powell TV drama in 1962 add something


Falk turned in a gem of a performance as one of two cabbies who falls victim to greed in the epic 1963 star-studded comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", even though he appears only in the last fifth of the movie add something


In 1963, Falk and Tommy Sands appear as brothers who disagree on the route for a railroad in "The Gus Morgan Story" on ABC's "Wagon Train" add something


Leo Gorcey - He did appear in the epic 1963 comedy, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", sharing the screen with Sid Caesar and Edie Adams in a bit part as their first cab driver, their second being Peter Falk


Tommy Sands - Later in 1963, Sands joined Peter Falk in "The Gus Morgan Story" on ABC's "Wagon Train"


Other roles included a comical crook in the 1964 Rat Pack film, "Robin and the 7 Hoods", and the 1965 spoof "The Great Race", with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis add something


The show ran in 1965 and 1966 and was cancelled after 22 episodes add something


Marvin Kaplan - Among other roles, Kaplan costarred in the 1965 Blake Edwards comedy "The Great Race" alongside Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk


Sally Ann Howes - She returned to familiar territory on TV in 1966 with "Brigadoon" opposite Robert Goulet, Peter Falk and some of her Broadway cast, it won six Emmy *awards


Brigadoon (film) - The 1966 film was directed by Fielder Cook and stars Robert Goulet, Peter Falk, and Sally Ann Howes


In 1968, he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute television pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective add something


John Cassavetes - In 1970, Cassavetes directed and acted in "Husbands", with actors Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara


In 1971, Pierre Cossette produced the first Grammy awards show on television with some help from Falk add something


Our debut episode, in 1971, was directed by this young kid named Steven Spielberg add something


The debut episode in 1971 was directed by 25-year-old Steven Spielberg in one of his earliest directing roles add something


The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 2003 add something


Cassavetes, in turn, guest-starred in the "Columbo" episode "Étude in Black" in 1972 add something


In 1972, he appeared in Broadway's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" add something


Falk was a chess aficionado and was a spectator at the American Open in Santa Monica, California, in November 1972, and at the U.S. Open in Pasadena, California, in August 1983 add something


Pat Harrington, Jr. - In 1974, he co-starred with Peter Falk and Robert Conrad in the "Columbo" episode "An Exercise in Fatality"


Collin Wilcox (actress) - In 1974, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Robert Conrad in the "Columbo" episode "An Exercise in Fatality"


John Payne (actor) - His final role was in 1975, when he co-starred with Peter Falk and Janet Leigh in the "Columbo" episode "Forgotten Lady"


Janet Leigh - In 1975, Leigh played a retired Hollywood song and dance star opposite Peter Falk and John Payne in the "Columbo" episode "Forgotten Lady"


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"


Samantha Eggar - In 1976, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel in the "Columbo" episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case"


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


Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film "The Brink's Job," said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama add something


In 1978, he appeared on the comedy TV show "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast", where Frank Sinatra was the evening's victim add something


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


Arthur Hiller - In 1979, he directed another comedy, "The In-Laws", with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, which was a critical and commercial success


La bonne annee - The film was remade in 1987 by John G. Avildsen as "Happy New Year", starring Peter Falk, Charles_Durning, and Wendy Hughes


The show returned on ABC in the form of a less frequent series of TV-movies, still starring Falk, from 1989 until 2003 add something


In 1996 TV Guide ranked him number 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list add something


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 add something


In his 1997 interview with Arthur Marx in "Cigar Aficionado" magazine, Falk said "One evening when I arrived late, she looked at me and asked, 'Young man, why are you always late-' and I said, 'I have to drive down from Hartford, Connecticut add something


"I was such an efficiency expert that the first morning on the job, I couldn't find the building where I was to report for work", he said in 1997 add something


"There they don't care if you're blind or not", Falk said in 1997 add something


Christopher Hall (producer) - Hall's best known productions include The Lost World starring Peter Falk, Bob_Hoskins, James Fox and Matthew Rhys in 2001


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"


Conchita Campbell - She starred in "Wilder Days" with Peter Falk and Tim Daly in 2003


Damien Fahey - While hosting in October and November 2004, he interviewed celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Peter Falk, Marsha_Thomason, and Pat O'Brien


In 2005, he starred in "The Thing About My Folks" add something


John Cassavetes - In the Oscar 2005 edition of "Vanity Fair" magazine, one article features a tribute to Cassavetes by three members of his stock company, Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk


Falk was an accomplished artist, and in October 2006 he had an exhibition of his artwork at the Butler Institute of American Art add something


In 2007, Falk appeared with Nicolas Cage in the thriller "Next" add something


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 add something


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 add something

Peter Falk died in 2011 add something


The 83-year-old Falk died at his longtime Roxbury Drive Beverly Hills, California home on the evening of June 23, 2011 add something


He received posthumously a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013 add something


As of 2016 over ten states had enacted such laws add something