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Peter Falk

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   6% Corky Romano (2001)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
Best known as the rumpled television detective Columbo, character actor Peter Falk also enjoyed a successful film career, often in association with the groundbreaking independent filmmaker John Cassavetes. Born September 16, 1927, in New York City, Falk lost an eye at the age of three, resulting in the odd, squinting gaze which later became his trademark. He initially pursued a career in public administration, serving as an efficiency expert with the Connecticut Budget Bureau, but in the early '50s, boredom with his work sparked an interest in acting. By 1955, Falk had turned professional, and an appearance in a New York production of The Iceman Cometh earned him much attention. He soon graduated to Broadway and in 1958 made his feature debut in the Nicholas Ray/Budd Schulberg drama Wind Across the Everglades.A diminutive, stocky, and unkempt presence, Falk's early screen roles often portrayed him as a blue-collar type or as a thug; it was as the latter in 1960's Murder Inc. that he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, a major career boost. He was nominated in the same category the following year as well, this time as a sarcastic bodyguard in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles. In 1962, Falk won an Emmy for his work in the television film The Price of Tomatoes, a presentation of the Dick Powell Theater series. The steady stream of accolades made him a hot property, and he next starred in the 1962 feature Pressure Point. A cameo in Stanley Kramer's 1963 smash It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World preceded Falk's appearance in the Rat Pack outing Robin and the Seven Hoods, but the film stardom many predicted for him always seemed just out of reach, despite lead roles in 1965's The Great Race and 1967's Luv.In 1968, Falk first assumed the role of Columbo, the disheveled police lieutenant whose seemingly slow and inept investigative manner masked a steel-trap mind; debuting in the TV movie Prescription: Murder, the character was an immediate hit, and after a second telefilm, Ransom for a Dead Man, a regular Columbo series premiered as part of the revolving NBC Mystery Movie anthology in the fall of 1971, running for seven years and earning Falk a second Emmy in the process. In the meantime, he also continued his film career, most notably with Cassavetes; in 1970, Falk starred in the director's Husbands, and in 1974 they reunited for the brilliant A Woman Under the Influence. In between the two pictures, Falk also returned to Broadway, where he won a Tony award for his performance in the 1972 Neil Simon comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue. In 1976, Cassavetes joined him in front of the camera to co-star in Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky, and directed him again in 1977's Opening Night.After Columbo ceased production in 1978, Falk starred in the Simon-penned mystery spoof The Cheap Detective, followed by the William Friedkin caper comedy The Brink's Job (1978). After 1979's The In-Laws, he starred two years later in ...All the Marbles, but was then virtually absent from the screen for the next half decade. Cassavetes' 1986 effort Big Trouble brought Falk back to the screen (albeit on a poor note; Cassavetes later practically disowned the embarrassing film) and and in 1987 he starred in Happy New Year along with the Rob Reiner cult favorite The Princess Bride. An appearance as himself in Wim Wenders' masterful Wings of Desire in 1988 preceded his 1989 resumption of the Columbo character for another regular series; the program was to remain Falk's focus well into the next decade, with only a handful of film appearances in pictures including 1990's Tune in Tomorrow and a cameo in Robert Altman's The Player. After the cancellation of Columbo, he next turned up in Wenders' Desire sequel Far Away, So Close before starring in the 1995 comedy Roommates. Falk continued to work in both film and television for the next decade and a half, starring in various Columbo specials

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Char-ac-ter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet American Cowslip
  • Father Randolph
2009
No Score Yet Character
  • Actor
2009
28% Next
  • Irv
$18M 2007
No Score Yet Three Days to Vegas
  • Gus Fitzgerald
2007
40% Three Days of Rain
  • Waldo
2005
45% The Thing About My Folks
  • Sam Kleinman
$0.8M 2005
43% Checking Out
  • Morris Applebaum
2005
No Score Yet When Angels Come to Town
  • Max
2004
35% Shark Tale
  • Don Feinberg
$160.8M 2004
No Score Yet Finding John Christmas
  • Max
2003
No Score Yet Wilder Days
  • James `Pop Up' Morse
2003
57% Enemies of Laughter
  • Paul's Father
2003
No Score Yet Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife
  • Lt. Columbo
  • Executive Producer
2003
48% Undisputed
  • Mendy Ripstein
2002
No Score Yet The Lost World
  • Rev. Theo Kerr
2001
No Score Yet A Town Without Christmas
  • Max
2001
6% Corky Romano
  • Pops Romano
2001
71% Made
  • Max
$3.7M 2001
83% Lakeboat
  • Pierman
2000
No Score Yet Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes
  • Lt. Columbo
2000
No Score Yet A Storm in Summer
  • Abel Shaddick
2000
No Score Yet Money Kings
  • Vinnie
1998
No Score Yet Columbo: Ashes to Ashes
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Vig
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Pronto
  • Harry Arno
1997
No Score Yet The Sunshine Boys
  • Willie Clark
1997
29% Roommates
  • Rocky Holeczek
1995
55% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!)
  • Himself
1993
No Score Yet Columbo
  • Actor
1993
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Columbo: No Time to Die
  • Lt. Columbo
1992
No Score Yet Columbo
  • Lt. Columbo
1991
No Score Yet Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
  • Lt. Columbo
1991
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Pedro Carmichael
1990
No Score Yet In The Spirit
  • Roger Flan
1990
18% Cookie
  • Dominick Capisco
1989
No Score Yet Columbo: Murder, A Self-Portrait
  • Lt. Columbo
1989
6% Vibes
  • Harry Buscafusco
1988
97% The Princess Bride
  • Grandpa
1987
No Score Yet Happy New Year
  • Nick
1987
98% Wings of Desire
  • Himself
1987
No Score Yet Big Trouble
  • Steve Rickey
1986
No Score Yet I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet ... All the Marbles
  • Harry
1981
79% The Great Muppet Caper
  • Tramp
1981
90% The In-Laws
  • Vincent J. Ricardo
1979
No Score Yet The Brink's Job
  • Tony Pino
1978
No Score Yet Scared Straight!
  • Host
1978
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Lou Peckinpaugh
1978
92% Opening Night
  • Himself
1977
No Score Yet Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
  • Actor
1977
85% Mikey and Nicky
  • Mikey
1976
65% Murder by Death
  • Sam Diamond
1976
No Score Yet Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story
  • ''Geoffrey Griffin''
1976
95% A Woman Under the Influence
  • Nick Longhetti
1975
No Score Yet Columbo: Double Shock
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Columbo
  • Lt. Columbo
1973
No Score Yet Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Columbo: Dagger of the Mind
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: The Most Crucial Game
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Étude in Black
  • Actor
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Blueprint for Murder
  • Actor
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Short Fuse
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Lady in Waiting
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Suitable for Framing
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Columbo: Dead Weight
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Columbo: Death Lends a Hand
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Columbo: Murder by the Book
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Ransom for a Dead Man
  • Actor
1971
71% Husbands
  • Archie Black
1970
No Score Yet Machine Gun McCain
  • Charlie Adamo
1970
43% Castle Keep
  • Sgt. Orlando Rossi
1969
67% Anzio (Lo sbarco di Anzio)
  • Corporal Jack Rabinoff
1968
No Score Yet Luv
  • Milt Manville
1967
No Score Yet Columbo: Prescription Murder
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Penelope
  • Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee
1966
74% The Great Race
  • Max
1965
No Score Yet Italiani brava gente (Attack and Retreat)
  • Medic Captain
1965
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods
  • Guy Gisborne
1964
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Cab Driver
1963
60% The Balcony
  • Police Chief
1963
No Score Yet Pressure Point
  • Young psychiatrist
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Joy Boy
1961
No Score Yet The Secret of the Purple Reef
  • Tom Weber
1960
No Score Yet Murder, Inc.
  • Abe Kid Twist Reles
1960
No Score Yet Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Shorty Walters
1960
No Score Yet The Bloody Brood
  • Nico
1959
No Score Yet Wind Across the Everglades
  • Writer
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Ramos Clemente
  • 1961

Quotes from Peter Falk's Characters