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Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 - June 23, 2011) was an 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 was 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 Barry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series titled The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife. The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971–1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989–2003. 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."

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1959 The Bloody Brood Nico
1960 Murder Inc. Abe Reles Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Secret of the Purple Reef Tom Weber
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Joy Boy Nominated again for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1962 Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist
1963 The Balcony Police Chief
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Cab Driver
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne
Attack and Retreat (Italiani Brava Gente) Medic Italian production
1965 The Great Race Max
1966 Penelope Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee
Too Many Thieves Danny
1967 Luv Milt Manville
1968 Anzio Corporal Jack Rabinoff Alternative titles: The Battle of Anzio, Lo Sbarco di Anzio (Italian)
1969 Machine Gun McCain Charlie Adamo Alternative titles: For a Price, Gli intoccabili (Italian)
Castle Keep Sergeant Rossi
1970 Husbands Archie Black Alternative title: Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti
1976 Murder by Death Sam Diamond
Mikey and Nicky Mikey
Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story Geoffrey Griffin
1978 The Cheap Detective Lou Peckinpaugh Alternative title: Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective
Scared Straight! Himself - Host Documentary; directed by Arnold Shapiro
1979 The In-Laws Vincent J. Ricardo
1981 …All the Marbles Harry Sears Alternative title: The California Dolls
"The Great Muppet Caper" Tramp (uncredited)
1987 The Princess Bride Grandfather/Narrator
Happy New Year Nick Directed by John G. Avildsen
Wings of Desire Himself Directed by Wim Wenders
1988 Vibes Harry Buscafusco Alternative title: Vibes: The Secret of the Golden Pyramids
1989 Cookie Dominick "Dino" Capisco
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Pedro Carmichael Alternative title: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
1993 Faraway, So Close! Himself Directed by Wim Wenders
1995 Roommates Rocky Holzcek
1998 Money Kings Vinnie Glynn
2001 Made Max
Corky Romano Francis A. "Pops" Romano Alternative title: Corky Romano: 'Special' Agent
2002 Undisputed Mendy Ripstein
2004 Shark Tale Don Feinberg Voice
2005 The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman
2005 Checking Out Morris Applebaum
2007 Next Irv
2008 American Cowslip Father Randolph
Television
Year Show Role Notes
1958 Kraft Suspense Theatre Izzy 1 episode
1959 Decoy Fred Dana 1 episode
1960 Have Gun–Will Travel Waller 1 episode
The Untouchables Duke Mullen 1 episode, "The Underworld Bank"
1961 The Twilight Zone Ramos Clemente 1 episode "The Mirror"
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Joe 1 episode, "The Assassin"
1962 The New Breed Lopez 1 episode
1963 Wagon Train Gus Morgan 1 episode
1964 Ben Casey Dr. Jimmy Reynolds 2 episodes
1965–1966 The Trials of O'Brien Daniel O'Brien 22 episodes
1968 A Hatful of Rain Polo Pope 1 episode
1968–2003 Columbo Lieutenant Columbo 69 episodes
1971 The Name of the Game Lewis Corbett 1 episode
1978 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (comedy) Guest appearance with Frank SinatraWatch
1995 The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark Television movie
2001 The Lost World Reverend Theo Kerr Television movie
2001 A Town Without Christmas Max Television Movie
2003 Finding John Christmas Max Television movie
2004 When Angels Come To Town Max Television Movie




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