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Peter Falk (I) (1927–2011)

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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Murder by Death
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The Princess Bride
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 2009 American Cowslip
Father Randolph
 2007 Next
 2007 Three Days to Vegas
Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald
 2005 The Thing About My Folks
Sam Kleinman
 2005 Checking Out
Morris Applebaum
 2004 When Angels Come to Town (TV Movie)
 2004 Shark Tale
Don Feinberg (voice)
 2003 Finding John Christmas (TV Movie)
 2003 Wilder Days (TV Movie)
James 'Pop Up' Morse
 1971-2003 Columbo (TV Series)
- Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) ... Columbo
- Murder with Too Many Notes (2000) ... Columbo
- Ashes to Ashes (1998) ... Columbo
- A Trace of Murder (1997) ... Columbo
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... Columbo
 2002 Undisputed
Mendy Ripstein
 2002 Three Days of Rain
 2001 The Lost World (TV Movie)
Reverend Theo Kerr
 2001 A Town Without Christmas (TV Movie)
 2001 Corky Romano
Francis A. Romano
 2001 Made
 2001 Hubert's Brain (Short)
Bailey (voice)
 2000 From Where I Sit (TV Movie)
 2000 Enemies of Laughter
Paul's Father
 2000 Lakeboat
The Pierman
 2000 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie)
Abel Shaddick
 1998 Vig (TV Movie)
 1997 Pronto (TV Movie)
Harry Arno (Henri Arnaud)
 1996 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)
Willie Clark
 1995 Cops n Roberts
Salvatore Santini
 1995 Roommates
Rocky Holzcek
 1993 Faraway, So Close!
Peter Falk
 1992 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Peter Falk
- Out of the Loop (1992) ... Peter Falk
 1992 The Player
Peter Falk
 1990 Tune in Tomorrow...
Pedro Carmichael
 1990 In the Spirit
Roger Flan
 1989 Cookie
Dominick Capisco
 1988 Vibes
Harry Buscafusco
 1987 The Princess Bride
The Grandfather
 1987 Happy New Year
 1987 Wings of Desire
Peter Falk
 1986 Big Trouble
Steve Rickey
 1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (Video short)
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1981 ...All the Marbles
Harry Sears
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Tramp (uncredited)
 1979 The In-Laws
Vince Ricardo
 1978 The Brink's Job
Tony Pino
 1978 The Cheap Detective
Lou Peckinpaugh
 1977 Opening Night
Peter Falk (uncredited)
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
 1976 Murder by Death
Sam Diamond
 1976 Griffin and Phoenix (TV Movie)
Geoffrey Griffin
 1974 A Woman Under the Influence
Nick Longhetti
 1971 A Step Out of Line (TV Movie)
Harry Connors
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Lewis Corbett
- A Sister from Napoli (1971) ... Lewis Corbett
 1970 Husbands
Archie Black
 1970 Rosolino Paternò, soldato...
Peter Pawney
 1969 Castle Keep
Sgt. Rossi
 1969 Machine Gun McCain
Charlie Adamo
 1968 Anzio
Cpl. Jack Rabinoff
 1968 A Hatful of Rain (TV Movie)
Polo Pope
 1968 Prescription: Murder (TV Movie)
Lt. Columbo
 1967 Too Many Thieves
 1967 Luv
Milt Manville
 1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Colonel Hush-Hush
- In One Head and Out the Other (1967) ... Colonel Hush-Hush
 1966 Penelope
Lt. Bixbee
 1963-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mike Galway / Bara / Bert Graumann
- Dear Deductible (1966) ... Mike Galway
- Perilous Times (1965) ... Bara
- Four Kings (1963) ... Bert Graumann
 1966 Brigadoon (TV Movie)
Jeff Douglas
 1965-1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Daniel O'Brien
- The Only Game in Town (1966) ... Daniel O'Brien
- The Greatest Game: Part 2 (1966) ... Daniel O'Brien
- The Greatest Game: Part 1 (1966) ... Daniel O'Brien
- The Partridge Papers (1966) ... Daniel O'Brien
- The Blue Steel Suite (1966) ... Daniel O'Brien
 1965 The Great Race
Maximilian Meen
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Jimmy Reynolds
- For Jimmy, the Best of Everything (1964) ... Dr. Jimmy Reynolds
 1964 Attack and Retreat
Medic Captain
 1964 Ambassador at Large (TV Movie)
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Danilo Diaz / Collucci
- Ambassador at Large (1964) ... Danilo Diaz
- A Sound of Hunting (1962) ... Collucci
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods
Guy Gisborne
 1964 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
- Episode #2.14 (1964) ... Cameo
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Third Cab Driver
 1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Gus Morgan
- The Gus Morgan Story (1963) ... Gus Morgan
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Matt Gunderson
- The Balance and the Crucible (1963) ... Dr. Matt Gunderson
 1963 The Balcony
Police Chief
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Martin / Dr. Alan Keegan / Aristede Fresco
- The Rage of Silence (1963) ... Martin
- The Doomsday Boys (1962) ... Dr. Alan Keegan
- Price of Tomatoes (1962) ... Aristede Fresco
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Robert Evans
- Bonfire (1962) ... Robert Evans
 1962 Here's Edie (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1962) ... Cabbie
 1962 Pressure Point
Young Psychiatrist
 1958-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Frankie O'Hearn / Lee Staunton / Gimpy / ...
- Lament for a Dead Indian (1962) ... Frankie O'Hearn
- A Very Cautious Boy (1961) ... Lee Staunton
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... Gimpy (uncredited)
- Lady Bug, Lady Bug (1958) ... Extortionist
 1962 87th Precinct (TV Series)
Greg Brovane
- The Pigeon (1962) ... Greg Brovane
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
- Cross the Little Line (1962) ... Lopez
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Joy Boy
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Ramos Clemente
- The Mirror (1961) ... Ramos Clemente
 1960-1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Nate Selko / Duke Mullen
- The Troubleshooter (1961) ... Nate Selko
- The Underworld Bank (1960) ... Duke Mullen
 1961 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Nick Long
- The Corruptors (1961) ... Nick Long (as Peter M. Falk)
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
- The Assassin (1961) ... Joe
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Meyer Fine
- Gratitude (1961) ... Meyer Fine
 1961 The Million Dollar Incident (TV Movie)
 1961 Cry Vengeance! (TV Movie)
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Angel / Jeremiah Wilson
- The Double Adventure (1961) ... Angel
- The Jeremiah Adventure (1961) ... Jeremiah Wilson
 1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
Carbell Carney
- Cold Turkey (1961) ... Carbell Carney
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Abe Reles
- Kid Twist (1960) ... Abe Reles
 1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
- The Poker Fiend (1960) ... Waller
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
- Hostage Island (1960) ... Hooker
 1960 Murder, Inc.
Abe Reles
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Power and the Glory (1959) ... Mestizo
 1960 Pretty Boy Floyd
Shorty Walters
 1959 The Bloody Brood
 1959 Brenner (TV Series)
Fred Gaines
- Blind Spot (1959) ... Fred Gaines
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
- The Human Storm (1959) ... Box
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
- The Girl from Nowhere (1959) ... Pete
 1957-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Izzy / Radar Operator
- Night Cry (1958) ... Izzy (as Peter Faulk)
- Collision (1957) ... Radar Operator
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Fred Dana
- The Come Back (1958) ... Fred Dana
 1958 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Petar Porovic
- The New Class (1958) ... Petar Porovic
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Jack / Carmen's Assistant
- Rudy (1957) ... Jack
- The Mother Bit (1957) ... Carmen's Assistant
 1957 Camera Three (TV Series)
- Stendhal (1957) ... Stendhal
 1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Return Visit (1957)
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Stage: Appeared (as "English Soldier") in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan", at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City in a Cambridge Drama Festival Production with Siobhan McKenna, Kent Smith, Ian Keith, Earle Hyman, Frederic Tozere, Michael Wager, Thayer David, Earl Montgomery, Dickie Moore and Dennis Patrick in the cast. Albert Marre... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Peter M. Falk | Peter Faulk


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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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 ... See more »


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