Peter Falk

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Peter Michael Falk
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/16/1927, Virgo
  • Date of Death: 06/23/2011
  • Profession: Actor
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Peter Falk Fast Facts:
  • Lost his right eye to a tumor at the age of 3.
  • Made his first stage appearance at 12 in a camp production of The Pirates of Penzance.
  • After finishing school, unsuccessfully interviewed for a position with the CIA; spent three years as an efficiency expert for the Connecticut State Budget Bureau.
  • Big-screen debut came with the 1958 drama Wind Across the Everglades.
  • Signature character Columbo was first played by Bert Freed in a 1960 episode of The Chevy Mystery Show.
  • Bing Crosby was the producers' first choice to play Columbo when the character got his own series; Lee J. Cobb was also considered.
  • Often worked with indie filmmaker John Cassavetes. Their joint projects include Machine Gun McCain (1969), Husbands (1970), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Mikey and Nicky (1976), Opening Night (1977) and Big Trouble (1986).
  • Surprised his former high-school classmates by attending his 50th reunion in 1995; he had been senior class president.
  • Daughter Catherine Falk is a former private detective.
  • Greatest artistic passion other than acting was drawing.
  • Peter Falk Relationships:
  • Michael Falk - Father
  • Shera Danese - Wife
  • Alyce Mayo - Ex-wife
  • Catherine Falk - Daughter
  • Jackie Falk - Daughter
  • Madeline Falk - Mother
  • Peter Falk Awards:
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Continuing - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1961 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 1961 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Nominee
  • 1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1974 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1991 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie - Nominee
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1962 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1960 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; The New School for Social Research, New York, NY (BA in Political Science, 1951); Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (MA in Public Administration, 1953)

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