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Birth information

16 September 1927 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

23 June 2011 Beverly Hills, California, USA

Given Name

Peter Michael Falk

How tall is Peter Falk?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Shera Danese
Alyce Caroline Mayo

Life Story of Peter Falk

Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and he worked as an efficiency expert for the Budget Bureau of the state of Connecticut before becoming an actor. On choosing to change careers, he studied the acting art with Eva Le Gallienne and Sanford Meisner. His most famous role is that of the detective Columbo; however, this was not his first foray into acting the role of a detective. During a high school play, he stood in for such a role when the original student actor fell sick. He has been married twice, and is the father of two children:Catherine, a private detective in real life, and Jackie. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2008, which was most likely brought on by Alzheimer's disease, from which he died on June 23, 2011.

Significant features of Peter Falk

As Columbo: The raincoat, the cigar, the slouch, the false exit followed by the catchphrase, "One more thing..."
Half-closed eye which was actually removed in childhood
Short and stocky physique
High-pitched...

How much money has Peter Falk earned?

Wind Across the Everglades (1958) $300 /week
Murder by the Book (1971) $350,000 per 2 hour episode

Publications and Magazines about Peter Falk

Peter Falk Just One More Thing. 2006

What movies did Peter Falk play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Columbo ,
Directors Filmography
Columbo (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
American Cowslip (2009) Father Randolph, Three Days to Vegas (2007) Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald, Next (2007) Irv, The Thing About My Folks (2005) Sam Kleinman, Checking Out (2005) Morris Applebaum, When Angels Come to Town (2004) Max, Shark Tale (2004) Don Feinberg, Finding John Christmas (2003) Max, Wilder Days (2003) James 'Pop Up' Morse, Columbo (2003) Columbo, Undisputed (2002) Mendy Ripstein, Three Days of Rain (2002) Waldo, The Lost World (2001)...

Birth information

16 September 1927 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

23 June 2011 Beverly Hills, California, USA

Given Name

Peter Michael Falk

How tall is Peter Falk?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Shera Danese
Alyce Caroline Mayo

Life Story of Peter Falk

Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and he worked as an efficiency expert for the Budget Bureau of the state of Connecticut before becoming an actor. On choosing to change careers, he studied the acting art with Eva Le Gallienne and Sanford Meisner. His most famous role is that of the detective Columbo; however, this was not his first foray into acting the role of a detective. During a high school play, he stood in for such a role when the original student actor fell sick. He has been married twice, and is the father of two children:Catherine, a private detective in real life, and Jackie. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2008, which was most likely brought on by Alzheimer's disease, from which he died on June 23, 2011.

Significant features of Peter Falk

As Columbo: The raincoat, the cigar, the slouch, the false exit followed by the catchphrase, "One more thing..."
Half-closed eye which was actually removed in childhood
Short and stocky physique
High-pitched...

How much money has Peter Falk earned?

Wind Across the Everglades (1958) $300 /week
Murder by the Book (1971) $350,000 per 2 hour episode

Publications and Magazines about Peter Falk

Peter Falk Just One More Thing. 2006

What movies did Peter Falk play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Columbo ,
Directors Filmography
Columbo (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
American Cowslip (2009) Father Randolph, Three Days to Vegas (2007) Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald, Next (2007) Irv, The Thing About My Folks (2005) Sam Kleinman, Checking Out (2005) Morris Applebaum, When Angels Come to Town (2004) Max, Shark Tale (2004) Don Feinberg, Finding John Christmas (2003) Max, Wilder Days (2003) James 'Pop Up' Morse, Columbo (2003) Columbo, Undisputed (2002) Mendy Ripstein, Three Days of Rain (2002) Waldo, The Lost World (2001)...

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

One of his greatest passions was drawing and sketching; has studio on grounds of Beverly Hills estate.

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

His right eye was surgically removed at the age of three, because of cancer.

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

Attended and graduated from Ossining High School on Ossining, New York.

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

President of his high school class.

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

Worked as an efficiency expert for the Budget Bureau of the state of Connecticut before becoming an actor. Studied acting with Eva Le Gallienne and Sanford Meisner.

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Peter Falk in America's Top Sleuths (2006)

Was a certified public accountant.

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Peter Falk and Janet Leigh in Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)

In his first foray into acting, he took the role of detective in a high school play when original student-actor fell sick. He left college to serve as a cook in the Merchant Marines. He later received political science degree from New School in New York, then graduated from Syracuse University. He applied at the CIA, but was turned down. He took state budget department job in Hartford, Connecticut. Five years after he started taking acting lessons, he earned first Oscar nomination.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures and renowned for his boorishness and vulgarity, rejected Falk, declaring, "For the same money, I can get an actor with two eyes!".

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Peter's paternal grandparents, Louis and Ida Falk, were Russian Jewish immigrants. Peter's maternal grandfather, Peter Hochhauser, was a Hungarian Jew, and Peter's maternal grandmother, Rosa Heller, was a Czech Jewish immigrant (from what was then Bohemia).

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Once when he was playing in a Little League game, the umpire called him out. Falk thought that he was safe. He pulled his glass eye out of its socket and handed it to the umpire, telling him, "Here, I think you might need this.".

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Peter Falk and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

His daughter Catherine Falk is a private detective in real life.

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Peter Falk and Sylvia Miles in Unterwelt (1960)

Lt. Columbo's first name is explicitly and even doggedly never revealed in the series (i.e. "What's your first name? Lieutenant...") However, with modern freeze-frame capabilities, when Columbo flashes his badge in the episode "Dead Weight", the name "Frank" can clearly be seen on his ID.

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Peter Falk in American Roulette (1969)

Columbo's wife, of whom he often speaks, is never seen in the series. Interestingly, most of the facts that are supposedly known about Lt. Columbo's private life are up in the air and sometimes contradictory. This may be due to his character being somewhat forgetful or may be due to him leading a suspect with a "likely story" hoping they will trip up and reveal a clue. His car, a 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet, is in most every episode and is treated almost as a character.

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Peter Falk in American Roulette (1969)

Had two daughters with his wife Alyce Mayo: Catherine Falk and Jackie Falk.

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Peter Falk in American Roulette (1969)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 153-154. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

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Peter Falk in American Roulette (1969)

Began acting when he was 26, but did not officially declare himself an actor and move to New York until he was 28.

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Peter Falk and Britt Ekland in Brillanten-Razzia (1966)

During the June 5, 2000, episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999), Craig Kilborn's third question to Falk during "Five Questions" was this: "Use the words 'Falk' and 'you' in a sentence". Falk chuckled a bit, touched his nose, and replied simply: "Falk... you!".

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

He and his good friend John Cassavetes made six movies together: Husbands (1970), Machine Gun McCain (1969), Mikey and Nicky (1976), Opening Night (1977), Big Trouble (1986), A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and one television movie: Columbo: Étude in Black (1972).

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

Had a street renamed after him in his hometown of Ossining, New York. To unveil the Peter Falk Place street sign, he pulled off a trademark raincoat covering the sign (2005).

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, and Richard Libertini in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

Was close friends with the late Patrick McGoohan.

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, James Hong, and Danny Kwan in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

Avatar's voice in the animated movie Wizards (1977) (voiced by Bob Holt) was modelled after Falk.

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

Has inspired at least two Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters. Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races (1968) was based on Falk's Max Meen from The Great Race (1965), and Mumbly, the detective dog on The New Tom & Jerry Show (1975) was loosely based on Columbo.

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In 1961, he became the first actor nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year, receiving best supporting nominations for the movie Murder, Inc. (1960) and the television series The Law and Mr. Jones (1960). He followed up in 1962 by being doubly nominated again for supporting actor for the movie Pocketful of Miracles (1961) and best actor (he won) for "The Price of Tomatoes", an episode of The Dick Powell Theatre (1961).

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Peter Falk and Ivan Savkin in Italiani brava gente (1964)

Auditioned for the role of Ted Henderson in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), which went to Elliott Gould.

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Peter Falk, Elza Lezhdey, and Danuta Stolyarskaya in Italiani brava gente (1964)

He was involved in a car accident when he lost control while driving, sustaining a head injury. [June 2008]

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Peter Falk, Elza Lezhdey, and Danuta Stolyarskaya in Italiani brava gente (1964)

Had a hip replacement. [June 2008]

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Peter Falk in Italiani brava gente (1964)

Diagnosed with dementia, probably brought on by Alzheimer's disease, in 2007.

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Peter Falk in Italiani brava gente (1964)

Had been a heavy cigarette smoker since he was 15, but after he started playing Columbo he began smoking cigars as well.

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Peter Falk in Italiani brava gente (1964)

Wanted to join the United States Marine Corps when he was 17, but was rejected because of his blind eye.

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Peter Falk and Jon Seda in Undisputed - Sieg ohne Ruhm (2002)

Underwent a series of major dental operations in 2007.

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Peter Falk and Carol Grace in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

He was awarded Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of France; the medal was given to him by Gérard Depardieu in March 1996.

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

After high school, he briefly attended Hamilton College in upstate New York. He was a merchant marine after he dropped out of college. He went to New York City where he received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He received his Master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University in Syracause, New York.

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

At 29 years old, he studied acting with the Mark Twain Masquers in Hartford, Connecticut, and studied with Eva Le Gallienne at the White Barn Theater in Westport, Connecticut.

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Numerous press obits incorrectly stated that Falk won a 1972 Tony Award for Best Actor in a play for Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue". As listed on a Tony Awards website search, Cliff Gorman won the 1972 Tony Award for the play "Lenny". In addition, Falk was never nominated for a Tony Award in his career. The few things Gorman and Falk had in common was that they appeared in films directed by William Friedkin and they had a glass eye (in case of Gorman it's more like an unconfirmed rumor).

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

When actors are required to move from one location to another during filming on a sound stage, the exact spot they are to move to is marked on the floor, usually with a piece of tape. This is to ensure that they stand in the area that is preset for the correct camera angle, lighting, sound, etc. Part of Falk's trademark behavior as Columbo was out of necessity, as he pretended to scratch or touch his forehead over his left eye. In reality, he blocked the camera view of his good eye, so as he was looking down, he could locate the tape on the floor. That is how his trademark "pensive Columbo look" got its start.

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Peter Falk and Peter R. Scoppa in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Adopted daughter, Catherine Falk, files for conservatorship, explaining that Falk has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and, at age 81, he no longer recognizes anyone. Later sworn statements from the Falk family, family friends and associates report Catherine has been long-estranged from her father and would not handle his affairs in his best interest. [December 2008]

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Shera Danese, Falk's wife of 32 years, files paperwork with the court, including sworn statements from longtime CPA, attorney, friends and family members, stating she is already attending to Falk's affairs, Falk named her as his guardian when first diagnosed with the disease, and long-estranged adopted daughter's attempt to gain conservatorship and control of his affairs is not in Falk's best interests. [January 2009]

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Shera Danese, his wife, is awarded conservatorship of his affairs. [May 2009]

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character on the television series Columbo (1971).

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Peter Falk and Ned Beatty in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

His remains were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Peter Michael Falk passed away on June 23, 2011, three months away from what would have been his 84th birthday on September 16.

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 25, 2013.

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Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

He was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast.

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

His mother died in 2003, only four years before Falk was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, and Jean Shevlin in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

His first wife, Alyce Caroline Mayo, died in March 2016 at the age of 85.

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Peter Falk in Mikey und Nicky (1976)

Volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence, but the conflict ended before he could go.

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