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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 movie The Bloody Brood 1959-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 2014-01-24
Known For
Movie Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Max 2014-01-24
Movie This Is Martin Bonner Nick 2013-06-28
Movie Breathe In James 'Pop Up' Morse 2013-01-18
Movie Char·ac·ter 2012-11-30
Movie Wish 143 Himself 2009-11-19
Movie American Cowslip Father Randolph 2009-07-24
Movie The Beckoning Silence Nico 2007-10-22
Movie Unrelated Harry Sears 2007-10-18
Movie In Tranzit Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles 2007-05-16
Movie Next Irv 2007-04-24
Movie Three Days To Vegas Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald 2007-02-02
Movie Checking Out Morris Applebaum 2005-04-10
Movie The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman 2005-06-02
Movie Shark Tale Don Feinberg 2004-09-20
Movie When Angels Come to Town Max 2004-11-28
Movie Finding John Christmas Max 2003-11-30
Movie Wilder Days James 'Pop Up' Morse 2003-10-19
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie The Even Stevens Movie Max 2003-06-13
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Undisputed Mendy Ripstein 2002-08-23
Movie Windtalkers Mendy Ripstein 2002-06-14
Movie Three Days of Rain Waldo 2002-05-12
Movie We Were the Mulvaneys Max 2002-04-08
Movie Corky Romano Francis A. 'Pops' Romano 2001-10-12
Movie Made Max 2001-07-13
Movie A Town Without Christmas Max 2001-12-16
Movie The Lost World Theo Kerr 2001-12-25
Movie Enemies of Laughter Paul's Father 2000-11-10
Movie Lakeboat The Pierman 2000-04-13
Movie A Storm in Summer Abel Shaddick 2000-01-18
Movie The Player Himself 1992-04-03
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
Movie ...All the Marbles Harry Sears 1981-10-16
Movie The Brink's Job Tony Pino 1978-12-08
Movie A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti 1974-09-19
Series Columbo Columbo 1971-09-15
Movie A Step Out of Line Harry Connors 1971-02-26
Movie Operation Snafu Peter Pawney 1970-03-03
Movie Castle Keep Sgt. Rossi 1969-07-23
Movie The Marvellous Adventures of a TV Man sich 1969-02-03
Movie Anzio Cpl. Jack Rabinoff 1968-07-24
Movie Prescription: Murder Columbo 1968-02-20
Movie The Great Race Max 1965-07-01
Movie Attack and Retreat Medic Captain 1964-09-16
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne 1964-03-11
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Third Cab Driver 1963-11-07
Movie Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist 1962-10-10
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy 1961-12-18
Movie The Secret Of The Purple Reef Tom Weber 1960-12-11
Movie Murder, Inc. Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles 1960-06-28
Movie The Bloody Brood Nico 1959-01-01