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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.

Awards

  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: 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
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Winner
  • 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
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: 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
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Shera Danese — Wife
  • Michael Falk — Father
  • Jackie Falk — Daughter
  • Madeline Falk — Mother
  • Alyce Mayo — Ex-wife
  • Catherine Falk — Daughter

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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Details

  • Birth Name: Peter Michael Falk
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: September 16, 1927, Virgo
  • Died: June 23, 2011
  • Profession: Actor
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