Peter Falk Overview:

Actor, Peter Falk, was born Peter Michael Falk on Sep 16, 1927 in New York City, NY. Falk died at the age of 83 on Jun 23, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Falk was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1960Best Supporting ActorMurder, Inc. (1960)Abe RelesNominated
1961Best Supporting ActorPocketful of Miracles (1961)Joy BoyNominated
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Channels Bogie in Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective

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A befuddled Lou Peckinpah.Following the success of his romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl (1977), Neil Simon returned to the zany spoof formula of Murder By Death (1976). Indeed, The Cheap Detective could have been a sequel to Murder By Death with reprising his role of Sam Diamond--a knock-... Read full article


Castle Keep (1969) with Burt Lancaster and

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Castle Keep (1969) with Burt Lancaster and

By Greg Orypeck on Jul 30, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

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The Time I Saw in Person

By KC on Jun 28, 2011 From Classic Movies

When the news broke of ’s passing, I remembered that I’d seen him in person many years ago. I was thirteen years old and I was with my family in Hollywood. We were on a big California vacation. I was about a year into my classic Hollywood obsession and was very impressed by t... Read full article


In Memory: . (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011).

By Dawn on Jun 24, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011), was best known as the rumpled detective in "Columbo," which spanned 30 years was one of the most iconic characters. "Columbo" was part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie series, appearing every third week. The show became by far the most popular o... Read full article


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Peter Falk Quotes:

Burt Gordon: I don't think I have to remind you that this could be... quite the little feather in your cap. Wrap it up and everybody's happy. Lieutenant?
Lt. Columbo: Um, yeah, I'm sorry. I was, uh, I was just thinking about something.
Burt Gordon: What was that?
Lt. Columbo: No, it's nothing important. It's, uh, Dr. Flemming, he didn't call to his wife when he came back to his apartment.
Burt Gordon: I don't follow you.
Lt. Columbo: Oh, well, I was in the bedroom. I was checking some things, and I heard him open the front door, and he didn't say anything, and... gee, it's funny how people are different, isn't it? Now you take myself, when I come home from a trip, uh, the first thing I do is I say, "Honey, you here?"
Burt Gordon: Exactly what is your point, Lieutenant?
Lt. Columbo: Point? Oh, I wasn't making a point.
Burt Gordon: It sounded to me as if you were. You heard the man admit that he had an argument with his wife. He probably still had a chip on his shoulder this morning.
Lt. Columbo: I was only tryin' to...
Burt Gordon: Lieutenant, I have already told you that Dr. Flemming is a close, personal friend of mine. Now I hope he's not going to be annoyed by a lot of tactless remarks, especially at a time like this.
Lt. Columbo: Well, I'm sorry, Mr. Gordon. I guess I shouldn't have mentioned it.


Joni Adamo: How lovely to see you. What an elegant tuxedo.
Don Francesco DeMarco: Really? Do you like it?
Charlie Adamo: What do you call this, a pair of pajamas?
Don Francesco DeMarco: Your wife has good taste in men, Charlie.
Charlie Adamo: She's got good taste in money, too. She likes it green.
Margaret DeMarco: Well, green is a good color.
Charlie Adamo: The best.


Lt. Columbo: [reaching in his pockets] Oh, uh, a few questions for my report, Doc.
[searching other pockets]
Lt. Columbo: Now, uh, you were in Mexico when this thing took place, and... uh... the dates there were... uh, gee, you don't have a pencil, do ya?
[Flemming hands him his pen]
Lt. Columbo: Thanks. You know, my wife, she gives me one every morning, but I just can't seem to hold onto it.


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Peter Falk Facts
Was a certified public accountant.

Is a close friend of Patrick McGoohan.

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 NY's New School, then graduated from Syracuse University. He applied at the CIA, but was turned down. He took state budget department job in Hartford, CT. Five years after he started taking acting lessons, he earned first Oscar nomination.

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