Peter Falk Biography (1927-)

Full name, Peter Michael Falk; born September 16, 1927, in New York, NY; sonof Michael (a clothing and dry goods store owner) and Madeline (a clothing and dry goods store owner, accountant, and buyer; maiden name, Hockhauser) Falk; married Alice Mayo, April 17, 1960 (divorced, 1976); married Shera Lynn Danese (an actress), December 1977; children: (first marriage; adopted) Jaqueline, Catherine. Addresses: Agent: Writers & Artists Agency, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Evolution Entertainment, 7720 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046.; Contact: c/o 1004 N. Roxbury Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 100 Universal City Plaza, #507, 1-B, Universal City, CA 91608.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
September 16, 1927
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Writer, Wind across the Everglades, Warner Bros., 1958
  • Nico, The Bloody Brood, Key, 1959
  • Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, Murder, Inc., Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Tom Weber, The Secret of the Purple Reef, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Shorty Walters, Pretty Boy Floyd, Continental, 1960
  • Joy Boy, Pocketful of Miracles, United Artists, 1961
  • Young psychiatrist, Pressure Point, United Artists, 1962
  • Biker, Beach Party, 1963
  • Police chief, The Balcony, Continental, 1963
  • Second cab driver, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (also known asIt's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), United Artists, 1963
  • Guy Gisborne, Robin and the Seven Hoods, Warner Bros., 1964
  • Medic captain, Italiani brava-gente (also known as Attack and Retreat, and Oni shli na vostok), Embassy, 1965
  • Maximillian "Max" Meen, The Great Race (also known as Blake Edwards' The Great Race), Warner Bros., 1965
  • Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee, Penelope, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Milt Manville, Luv, Columbia, 1967
  • Danny, Too Many Thieves, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Corporal Jack Rabinoff, Anzio (also known as The Battle for Anzio and Lo sbarco di Anzio), Columbia, 1968
  • Sergeant Orlando Rossi, Castle Keep, Columbia, 1969
  • Archie, Husbands, Columbia, 1970
  • Charlie Adamo, Machine Gun McCain (also known as Gli intoccabili), Columbia, 1970
  • Peter Pawney, Operation Snafu (also known as Situation Normal,All Fouled Up, Situation Normal: A.F.U., and Rosolino Paterno:Soldato), 1970
  • The Politics Film, 1972
  • Nick Longhetti, A Woman under the Influence, Faces International,1974
  • Mikey, Mikey and Nicky, Paramount, 1976
  • Sam Diamond/J. J. Loomis, Murder by Death, Columbia, 1976
  • (Uncredited) Cameo, Opening Night, Faces International, 1977
  • Tony Pino, The Brink's Job (also known as Big Stickup at Brink's), Universal, 1978
  • Lou Peckinpaugh, The Cheap Detective (also known as Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective), Columbia, 1978
  • Vince Ricardo, The In-Laws, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Harry Sears, All the Marbles (also known as The California Dolls), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1981
  • Tramp, The Great Muppet Caper, Universal, 1981
  • Steve Rickey, Big Trouble, Columbia, 1984
  • Himself, Wings of Desire (also known as The Sky over Berlin, Les ailes du desir, and Der Himmel ueber Berlin), Road Movies, 1987
  • Nick, Happy New Year, Columbia, 1987
  • The grandfather, The Princess Bride, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Harry Buscafusco, Vibes, Columbia, 1988
  • Dominick "Dino" Capisco, Cookie, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Roger Flan, In The Spirit, Castle Hill, 1990
  • Pedro Carmichael, Tune in Tomorrow ... (also known as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), Cinecom, 1990
  • Motion and Emotion, 1990
  • Himself, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Himself, Faraway, So Close (also known as In weiter Ferne, wo nah), Tobis Filmkunst, 1993
  • Salvatore Santini, Cops n Roberts, 1995
  • Anything for John (also known as Cassavetes: Anything for John), 1995
  • Rocky Holzcek, Roommates, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Paul's father, Enemies of Laughter, Eternity Pictures, 2000
  • The pierman, Lakeboat, Cowboy Booking International, 2000
  • Waldo, 3 Days of Rain, Cassian Elwes, 2000
  • Voice of Bailey, Hubert's Brain, 2001
  • Max, Made, Artisan Entertainment, 2001
  • Francis A. "Pops" Romano, Corky Romano (also known as Corky Romano: "Special" Agent), Buena Vista, 2001
  • Mendy Ripstein, Undisputed, Miramax, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Charcoal drawing, Made, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Daniel J. O'Brien, The Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965-1966
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo (as part of the NBC Mystery Theatre), NBC, 1971-1978
  • Pilots
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Prescription: Murder (also known as Columbo: Prescription Murder), NBC, 1968
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Ransom for a Dead Man (also known as Columbo: Ransom for a Deadman), NBC, 1971
  • Abe, From Where I Sit, CBS, 2000
  • Movies
  • Menderes, The Sacco-Venzetti Story, NBC, 1960
  • Cry Vengeance, NBC, 1961
  • Sammy, The Million Dollar Incident, CBS, 1961
  • Jeff Douglas, Brigadoon, ABC, 1966
  • Polo Pope, A Hatful of Rain, ABC, 1968
  • Harry Connors, A Step Out of Line, CBS, 1971
  • Geoffrey Griffin, Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story (also known asToday Is Forever), ABC, 1976
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine, 1989
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Murder, Smoke & Shadows, 1989
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective, 1989
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Murder--A Self-Portrait, 1989
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Grand Deceptions, 1989
  • Lieutenant Columbo, "Plates," B. L. Stryker: ABC Saturday Mystery,ABC, 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Columbo Cries Wolf, 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Agenda for Murder, 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo, 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (also known asColumbo: Schleichendes Gift), 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Murder in Malibu, 1990
  • Inspector Columbo, Columbo: Columbo Goes to College, 1990
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star, 1991
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Caution! Murder Can Be Hazardous to YourHealth, 1991
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot, 1991
  • Columbo, Columbo: A Bird in the Hand, 1992
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: No Time to Die, 1992
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: It's All in the Game, 1993
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey, 1994
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Undercover, 1994
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Strange Bedfellows, 1995
  • Harry Arno (Henri Arnaud), Pronto, Showtime, 1996
  • Willy Clark, The Sunshine Boys (also known as Neil Simon's TheSunshine Boys), CBS, 1997
  • Himself, Frank Capra's American Dream, 1997
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: A Trace of Murder, 1997
  • Vinnie, Vig (also known as Money Kings), Cinemax, 1998
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (also known as Ashes to Ashes), ABC, 1998
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes, ABC, 1999
  • Abel Shaddick, A Storm in Summer, Showtime, 2000
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo: The Man Who Murdered Himself, 2002
  • Lieutenant Columbo, Columbo Likes the Nightlife, ABC, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Reverend Thro Kerr, The Lost World, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Specials
  • Host, Scared Straight!, syndicated, 1978
  • Host, NBC: The First Fifty Years--A Closer Look, Part Two, 1978
  • The Muppets Go Hollywood, 1979
  • Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years, CBS, 1980
  • Himself, The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra, 1982
  • Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery, CBS, 1986
  • "John Cassavetes," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • "Sanford Meisner: The Theatre's Best Kept Secret," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special, Fox, 1993
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1995
  • Segment presenter, The '70s: The Decade That Changed Television, ABC, 2000
  • (In archive footage) Lieutenant Columbo, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4, 2001
  • Max, A Town without Christmas, CBS, 2001
  • Himself, NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002
  • Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Pleshette, Lifetime, 2002
  • Also appeared in Dream Girl, ABC.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989
  • The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990
  • The 42nd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, Fox, 1990
  • The 43rd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, Fox, 1991
  • The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994
  • The 46th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Presenter, The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996
  • Episodic
  • Rendezvous, ABC, 1952
  • Gambler, Have Gun--Will Travel, CBS, 1957
  • "Return Visit," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1957
  • "The Mother Bit," Studio One, CBS, 1957
  • "Rudy," Studio One, CBS, 1957
  • "Lady Bug, Lady Bug," Naked City, ABC, 1958
  • "Blind Spot," Brenner, CBS, 1959
  • "The Power and the Glory," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1959
  • "The Comeback," Decoy, 1959
  • "The Emperor's Clothes," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960
  • "A Death of Princes," Naked City, ABC, 1960
  • Duke Mullen, "Underworld Bank," The Untouchables, ABC, 1960
  • "Hostage Island," The Islanders, ABC, 1960
  • Waller, "The Poker Friend," Have Gun--Will Travel, CBS, 1960
  • "Kid Twist," Witness, CBS, 1960
  • "Cold Turkey," The Law and Mr. Jones, ABC, 1961
  • "The Double Adventure," The Aquanauts, CBS, 1961
  • "The Jeremiah Adventure," The Aquanauts, 1961
  • Meyer Fine, "Gratitude," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1961
  • "A Very Cautious Boy," Naked City, ABC, 1961
  • "The Assassin," Barbara Stanwyck Theatre, NBC, 1961
  • Nick Longo, "The Million Dollar Dump," Target: The Corruptors, ABC, 1961
  • Nate Selko, "The Trouble Shooter," The Untouchables, ABC, 1961
  • Ramos Clemente, "The Mirror," Twilight Zone, CBS, 1961
  • Robert Evans, "Bonfire," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1962
  • "Cross the Little Line," The New Breed, ABC, 1962
  • Aristedes Fresco, "The Price of Tomatoes," Dick Powell Show, NBC,1962
  • Ramon, "The Pigeon," The 87th Precinct, NBC, 1962
  • "Lament for a Dead Indian," Naked City, ABC, 1962
  • Collucci, "A Sound of Hunting," DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, 1962
  • "Rage of Silence," Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1963
  • Matt Gunderson, "The Balance and the Crucible," Dr. Kildare, NBC,1963
  • Gus Morgan, "The Gus Morgan Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1963
  • "Four Kings," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1963
  • Danilo Diaz, "Ambassador at Large," DuPont Show of the Week, NBC,1964
  • "For Jimmy, the Best of Everything," Ben Casey, ABC, 1964
  • "Courage at 3:00 A.M.," Ben Casey, 1964
  • "Perilous Times," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1965
  • "Dear Deductible," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1966
  • Guest, "Episode #28," Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1969
  • Cameo, "Episode #35," Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1969
  • Lewis Corbett, "A Sister from Napoli," The Name of the Game, NBC,1971
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1972
  • Voice of himself, "The Robbery at Diamond Dog Diner," Reading Rainbow, 1988
  • Himself, "Out of the Loop," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992
  • Late Show with David Letterman, NBC, 1995
  • Himself, "Peter Falk: Just One More Thing," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, Dinner for Five, IFC, 2001
  • Himself, "Hollywood: L.A. Special," Seitenblicke, 2002
  • Himself, "Wetten, dass ... ? aus Berlin," Wetten, dass ... ?, 2003
  • The View, ABC, 2003
  • Also appeared on Alcoa Theatre, Kraft Mystery Theatre and Sunday Showcase, both on NBC; The Danny Kaye Show, Love of Life, Password, and Sports Spectacular, all on CBS; Dateline: Hollywood, The Edie Adams Show, This Proud Land, Wagon Train, The Young Set, all on ABC; Hollywood Showcase andStump the Stars, syndicated; Armstrong Circle Theatre; Omnibus; American Cinema, PBS; Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo;Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Columbo: Blueprint for Murder, 1972
  • (Uncredited) Director, Columbo: Etude in Black, 1972
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Murder, Smoke & Shadows, 1989
  • Executive producer, Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine, 1989
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective, 1989
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Grand Deceptions, 1989
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Murder, a Self Portrait, 1989
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Columbo Cries Wolf, 1990
  • Executive producer and coproducer, Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown(also known as Columbo: Schleichendes Gift), 1990
  • Executive producer and coproducer, Columbo: Murder in Malibu, 1990
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Agenda for Murder, 1990
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo, 1990
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Columbo Goes to College, 1990
  • Co-executive producer, Columbo: Caution! Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, 1991
  • Executive producer, Murder of a Rock Star (also known as Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star), 1991
  • Executive producer, Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot, 1991
  • Executive producer, Columbo: No Time to Die, 1992
  • Executive producer, Columbo: A Bird in the Hand, 1992
  • Executive producer, Columbo, It's All in the Game, 1993
  • Producer, Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey, 1994
  • Executive producer, Columbo: Undercover, 1994
  • Executive producer, Columbo: Strange Bedfellows, 1995
  • Executive producer, Columbo: A Trace of Murder, 1997
  • Executive producer and director, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes, ABC, 1998
  • Executive producer, Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes, 2001
  • Executive producer, Columbo: The Man Who Murdered Himself, 2002
  • Executive producer, Columbo Likes the Nightlife (also known as Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife), ABC, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • Sagnarele, Don Juan, Fourth Street Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • De Flores, The Changeling, Barnard College, New York City, 1956
  • Rocky the bartender, The Iceman Cometh, Circle in the Square, NewYork City, 1956
  • The soldier, Saint Joan, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Mamaev's servant, Diary of a Scoundrel, Phoenix Theatre, 1956
  • Matthew Skipps, The Lady's Not for Burning, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1957
  • First workman, Purple Dust, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Crispin, Bonds of Interest, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1958
  • Police chief, Comic Strip, Barbizon Plaza Theatre, New York City,1958
  • Stalin, The Passion of Josef D., Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New YorkCity, 1964
  • Mel Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Eugene O'Neill Theatre,New York City, 1971
  • The Disappearance of the Jews, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1983
  • Sidney Black, Light Up the Sky, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Brian Dickey, Defiled, Geffen Playhouse, Hollywood, CA, 2000
  • Major Tours
  • Shelly Levene, Glengarry Glen Ross, U.S. cities, 1985
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Movies
  • Columbo: It's All in the Game, 1993

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 15, 1996, p. 20
    • Ladies Home Journal, March, 1990, p. 98
    • People Weekly, December 16, 1991, p. 105; May 12, 1997, p. 16
    • US Magazine, May 15, 1989, p. 48

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