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Peter Falk

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Peter Michael Falk  (born September 16, 1927, height 5' 6" (1,68 m)) is a retired American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles, and has been nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once. 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. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh." In 1968 he starred with Gene Berry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series entitled, "The NBC Mystery Movie", along with "McCloud" and "McMillan And Wife". The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971-1978, took a five year respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1983-2003. He was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle. Describing his role, Variety columnist Howard Prouty writes, "The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better."

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Sep 16, 1927 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie My Darling Vivian 2020-04-27
Known For
Poster of The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Poster of The Player
Poster of Penelope
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Movie My Darling Vivian Self (archive footage) 2020-04-27
Movie Peter Falk versus Columbo Self (archive footage) 2019-03-31
Series NBC Mystery Movie Lieutenant Columbo 2017
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Char·ac·ter Self 2012-11-30
Movie American Cowslip Father Randolph 2009-07-24
Movie Three Days To Vegas Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald 2007-02-02
Movie Next Irv 2007-04-24
Movie The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman 2005-06-02
Movie Checking Out Morris Applebaum 2005-04-10
Movie Shark Tale Don Feinberg 2004-09-20
Movie When Angels Come to Town Max 2004-11-28
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Wings of Desire: The Angels Among Us Self 2003-07-01
Movie Wilder Days James 'Pop Up' Morse 2003-10-19
Movie Finding John Christmas Max 2003-11-30
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Three Days of Rain Waldo 2002-05-12
Movie Undisputed Mendy Ripstein 2002-07-17
Movie Made Max 2001-07-13
Movie Hubert's Brain Bailey (voice) 2001-03-31
Series Good Day Live Unknown 2001-09-17
Movie A Town Without Christmas Max 2001-12-16
Movie Corky Romano Francis A. 'Pops' Romano 2001-10-12
Movie The Lost World Theo Kerr 2001-12-25
Series The Lost World Theo Kerr 2001-12-25
Movie A Storm in Summer Abel Shaddick 2000-01-18
Movie A Constant Forge Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Lakeboat The Pierman 2000-04-13
Movie Enemies of Laughter Paul's Father 2000-11-10
Movie Money Kings Vinnie 1998-12-04
Movie Frank Capra's American Dream 1997-01-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Pronto Harry Arno 1997-06-08
Movie John Cassavetes: To Risk Everything to Express It All Himself 1996-01-01
Movie The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark 1996-08-08
Movie Cops n Roberts Salvatore Santini 1995-01-01
Movie Roommates Rocky Holzeck 1995-03-03
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie Anything for John 1993-09-06
Movie Faraway, So Close! Peter Falk 1993-09-09
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie The Player Peter Falk 1992-04-03
Movie Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie In the Spirit Roger Flan 1990-04-06
Movie Tune in Tomorrow... Pedro Carmichael 1990-10-26
Movie Arena - John Cassavetes Himself 1989-01-24
Movie Cookie Dominick 'Dino' Capisco 1989-08-02
Movie Vibes Harry Buscafusco 1988-08-05
Movie Wings of Desire Himself 1987-05-17
Movie The Princess Bride The Grandfather / Narrator 1987-09-25
Movie Happy New Year Nick 1987-08-07
Movie Big Trouble Steve Rickey 1986-05-30
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra Himself 1982-04-03
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie ...All the Marbles Harry Sears 1981-03-01
Movie The Great Muppet Caper Tramp 1981-06-26
Movie The Muppets Go Hollywood Himself 1979-05-16
Movie The In-Laws Vincent J. Ricardo 1979-06-15
Movie The Cheap Detective Lou Peckinpaugh 1978-06-23
Movie The Brink's Job Tony Pino 1978-12-08
Movie Opening Night Himself (uncredited) 1977-12-22
Movie Mikey and Nicky Mikey 1976-12-21
Movie Griffin and Phoenix Geoffrey Griffin 1976-02-27
Movie Murder by Death Sam Diamond 1976-06-23
Movie A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti 1974-09-19
Movie Ransom for a Dead Man Columbo 1971-03-01
Movie A Step Out of Line Harry Connors 1971-02-26
Series Columbo Columbo 1971-09-15
Movie Operation Snafu Peter Pawney 1970-03-03
Movie Husbands Archie Black 1970-12-01
Movie Machine Gun McCain Charlie Adamo 1969-04-01
Movie Castle Keep Sgt. Rossi 1969-07-23
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Prescription: Murder Columbo 1968-02-20
Movie Anzio Cpl. Jack Rabinoff 1968-07-24
Movie Luv Milt Manville 1967-07-26
Movie Too Many Thieves Danny 1966-10-13
Movie Brigadoon Jeff Douglas 1966-10-15
Movie Penelope Lt. Horatio Bixbee 1966-11-10
Movie The Great Race Max 1965-07-01
Series The Trials of O'Brien Daniel O'Brien 1965-09-18
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne 1964-06-24
Movie Attack and Retreat lieutenant Mario 1964-09-16
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie The Balcony Police Chief 1963-03-21
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Third Cab Driver 1963-11-07
Movie Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist 1962-10-10
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy 1961-12-18
Series The Aquanauts Unknown 1960-09-14
Movie Pretty Boy Floyd Shorty Walters 1960-01-01
Movie Murder, Inc. Abe Reles 1960-06-28
Series The Barbara Stanwyck Show Unknown 1960-09-19
Series The Islanders Unknown 1960-10-02
Movie The Secret Of The Purple Reef Tom Weber 1960-12-11
Series The Law and Mr. Jones 1960-10-07
Series New York Confidential Unknown 1959-01-01
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie The Bloody Brood Nico 1959-01-01
Movie Wind Across the Everglades Writer 1958-09-11
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Decoy Unknown 1957-10-14
Series Tony Awards Unknown 1956-04-01
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07