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Peter Michael Falk

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: June 23, 2011 (83)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Pneumonia)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Peter Falk and Madelyn Hochhauser
Husband of <private> Falk (Danese)
Ex-husband of Alyce Mayo
Father of <private> Mayo and <private> Mayo (Falk)

Occupation: Actor,
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Peter Falk

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 entitled, The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife. The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 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."

A family statement said Falk "died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home" on June 23, 2011. He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease according to his daughter, Catherine Falk.

Peter Falk was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 25, 2013.

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Peter Falk's Timeline

September 16, 1927
New York, NY, USA
June 23, 2011
Age 83
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Age 83
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States