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Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, A Woman Under the Influence and Murder by Death, as well as many television guest roles. He 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 said of Falk's role in his film The Brink's Job (1978): "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh."[1]

In 1968, Falk starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute television pilot about a highly skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series titled The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud, McMillan & Wife and Banacek. The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 2003. Falk was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", wrote historian David Fantle.[2]

In 1996, TV Guide ranked Falk number 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.[3]


Peter Michael Falk

September 16, 1927

New York City, United States


June 23, 2011 (aged 83)

Beverly Hills, California, US.

Cause of death





Ossining High School

Alma mater

Hamilton College

New School for Social Research

(B.A., literature and political science, 1951)

Syracuse University, Maxwell School

(Master of Public Administration, 1953)



Years active



5 ft 6 in (168 cm)


Alyce Mayo (1960–76) 2 daughters

Shera Danese (1977–2011; his death)


Catherine, Jackie


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