Peter Falk

Last updated

Peter Falk
Columbo Peter Falk 1973.JPG
Falk as Lt. Columbo in 1973
Peter Michael Falk

(1927-09-16)September 16, 1927
DiedJune 23, 2011(2011-06-23) (aged 83)
Education 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)
Occupation Actor
Years active1956–2009
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Spouse(s)Alyce Mayo (1960–76; 2 daughters)
Shera Danese (1977–2011; his death)
Peter Falk signature.svg

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo (1968–2003), for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards (1972, 1975, 1976, 1990) and a Golden Globe Award (1973). He first starred as Columbo in two 90-minute TV pilots; the first with Gene Barry in 1968 and the second with Lee Grant in 1971. The show then aired as part of The NBC Mystery Movie series from 1971 to 1978, and again on ABC from 1989 to 2003. [1]

Columbo (character) fictional detective

Columbo or Lieutenant Columbo is the eponymous main character in the successful detective crime drama series Columbo. The character is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his shambling manner, rumpled beige raincoat and off-putting, relentless investigative approach.

A television pilot is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful; it is therefore a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity. In the case of a successful television series, the pilot is commonly the very first episode that is aired of the particular series under its own name; the episode that gets the series "off the ground". A "backdoor pilot" is an episode of an existing successful series, featuring future tie-in characters of an up-and-coming television series or film. Its purpose is to introduce the characters to an audience before the creators decide on whether or not they intend to pursue a spin-off series with those characters.

Gene Barry American stage, screen, and television actor

Gene Barry was an American stage, screen, and television actor. Barry is best remembered for his leading roles in the films The Atomic City (1952) and The War of The Worlds (1953) and for his portrayal of the title characters in the TV series Bat Masterson and Burke's Law, among many roles.


Falk was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Murder, Inc. (1960) and Pocketful of Miracles (1961), and won his first Emmy Award in 1962 for The Dick Powell Theatre . He was the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year, achieving the feat twice (1961/62). He went on to appear in such films as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Great Race (1965), Anzio (1968), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Murder by Death (1976), Mikey and Nicky (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978), The Princess Bride (1987), Wings of Desire (1987), The Player (1992), and Next (2007), as well as many television guest roles.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor one of the Academy Awards of Merit

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry. The award was traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Supporting Actress winner.

<i>Murder, Inc.</i> (1960 film) 1960 film by Stuart Rosenberg

Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, and Simon Oakland. The Cinemascope movie was directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart Rosenberg. The screenplay was based on the true story of Murder, Inc., a Brooklyn gang that operated in the 1930s.

<i>Pocketful of Miracles</i> 1961 film by Frank Capra

Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 American Technicolor comedy film starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, and directed by Frank Capra, filmed in Panavision. The screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend is based on the screenplay of the 1933 film Lady for a Day by Robert Riskin, which was adapted from the Damon Runyon short story "Madame La Gimp". That original 1933 film was also directed by Capra, one of two films that he originally directed and later remade, the other being Broadway Bill (1934), and its remake Riding High (1950)

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." [2] In 1996, TV Guide ranked Falk No. 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. [3] He received posthumously a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. [4] [5]

William Friedkin American film director, producer and screenwriter

William Friedkin is an American film and television director, producer and screenwriter closely identified with the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s. Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he is perhaps best known for directing The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), the former of which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. Some of his other films include the pioneering queer drama The Boys in the Band (1970), the international suspense thriller Sorcerer (1977), the highly controversial 1980 crime film Cruising (1980), the action thriller To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), the psychological horror film Bug (2006), and the dark comedy Killer Joe (2011).

<i>The Brinks Job</i> 1978 film by William Friedkin

The Brink's Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink's robbery of 1950 in Boston, where almost 3 million dollars was stolen.

<i>TV Guide</i> American bi-weekly TV listing magazine

TV Guide is a bi-weekly American magazine that provides television program listings information as well as television-related news, celebrity interviews and gossip, film reviews, crossword puzzles, and, in some issues, horoscopes. The print magazine is owned by NTVB Media, while its digital properties are controlled by the CBS Interactive division of CBS Corporation; the TV Guide name and associated editorial content from the publication are licensed by CBS Interactive for use on the website and mobile app through an agreement with the magazine's parent subsidiary TVGM Holdings, Inc.

Early life

Born in New York City, Falk was the son of Michael Peter Falk (1898-1981), owner of a clothing and dry goods store, and his wife, Madeline (née Hochhauser; 1904–2001), [6] an accountant and buyer. [7] Both of his parents were Jewish, [8] coming from Poland and Russia on his father's side, [9] and from Hungary and Łabowa, Nowy Sącz County, Poland, on his mother's side. Falk grew up in Ossining, New York. [10]

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Dry goods term referring to supplies and manufactured goods

Dry goods is a historic term describing the type of product line a store carries, which differs by region. The term comes from the textile trade, and the shops appear to have spread with the mercantile trade across the British colonial territories as a means of bringing supplies and manufactured goods to far-flung settlements and homesteads that were spreading globally. Starting in the mid-1700s, these stores began by selling supplies and textile goods to remote communities, and many customized the products they carried to the area's needs. This continued to be the trend well into the early 1900s. With the rise of department stores and catalog sales, the decline of dry goods stores began, and the term has largely fallen out of use.

A Purchasing Manager is an employee within a company, business or other organization who is responsible at some level for buying or approving the acquisition of goods and services needed by the company. Responsible for buying the best quality products, goods and services for their company at the most competitive prices, purchasing managers work in a wide range of sectors for many different organizations. The position responsibilities may be the same as that of a buyer or purchasing agent, or may include wider supervisory or managerial responsibilities. A Purchasing Manager may oversee the acquisition of materials needed for production, general supplies for offices and facilities, equipment, or construction contracts. A Purchasing Manager often supervises purchasing agents and buyers, but in small companies the Purchasing Manager may also be the purchasing agent or buyer. The Purchasing Manager position may also carry the title "Procurement Manager" or in the public sector, "Procurement Officer". He or she can come from both an Engineering or Economics background.

Falk's right eye was surgically removed when he was three because of a retinoblastoma; he wore an artificial eye for most of his life. [11] The artificial eye was the cause of his trademark squint. [12] Despite this limitation, as a boy he participated in team sports, mainly baseball and basketball. In a 1997 interview in Cigar Aficionado magazine with Arthur Marx, Falk said: "I remember once in high school the umpire called me out at third base when I was sure I was safe. I got so mad I took out my glass eye, handed it to him and said, 'Try this.' I got such a laugh you wouldn't believe." [13]

Retinoblastoma Retinal cell cancer

Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. It is the most common primary malignant intraocular cancer in children, and it is almost exclusively found in young children.

<i>Cigar Aficionado</i>

Cigar Aficionado is an American magazine that is dedicated to the world of cigars. Published since September 1992, the magazine is known for its articles about different brands of cigars worldwide, and for the celebrities that have appeared on its cover. It is also noted for its opposition to the Cuban embargo. The magazine was launched by Marvin R. Shanken's M. Shanken Communications, the publisher of Wine Spectator magazine since 1976. The current editor is David Savona.

Arthur Julius Marx was an American author, a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, and son of entertainer Groucho Marx, and his first wife, Ruth Johnson. He was named after Groucho's brother Arthur "Harpo" Marx.

Falk as a senior in high school, 1945 Peter Falk HS Yearbook.jpeg
Falk as a senior in high school, 1945

Falk's first stage appearance was at the age of 12 in The Pirates of Penzance at Camp High Point [14] in upstate New York, where one of his camp counselors was Ross Martin (they would later act together in The Great Race and the Columbo episode "Suitable For Framing"). Falk attended Ossining High School in Westchester County, New York, where he was a star athlete and president of his senior class. After graduating from high school in 1945, Falk briefly attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and then tried to join the armed services as World War II was drawing to a close. Rejected because of his missing eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marine, and served as a cook and mess boy. Falk said of the experience in 1997: "There they don't care if you're blind or not. The only one on a ship who has to see is the captain. And in the case of the Titanic , he couldn't see very well, either." [13] Falk recalls this period in his autobiography: "A year on the water was enough for me, so I returned to college. I didn't stay long. Too itchy. What to do next? I signed up to go to Israel to fight in the war on its attack on Egypt; I wasn't passionate about Israel, I wasn't passionate about Egypt, I just wanted more excitement… I got assigned a ship and departure date but the war was over before the ship ever sailed." [15]

<i>The Pirates of Penzance</i> Comic, two-act opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for more than three months in New York.

Camp High Point

Camp High Point was an eight-week-long summer camp on Route 28A in West Shokan, New York. Located at the foot of Mt. High Point, on the shores of the Ashokan Reservoir, Camp High Point was a 150-acre (0.61 km2) coeducational camp. It consisted of two separate campuses and a central area for administration, dining, medical, and social facilities. It also featured a large natural mountain-fed swimming pool. The camp colors were green and white.

Ross Martin Polish-born American radio, stage, film and television actor

Ross Martin was an American radio, voice, stage, film and television actor. Martin was best known for portraying Artemus Gordon on the CBS Western series The Wild Wild West, which aired from 1965 to 1969. He was the voice of Doctor Paul Williams in 1972's Sealab 2020, additional characters in 1973's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, and additional character voices in 1978's Jana of the Jungle.

After a year and a half in the Merchant Marine, Falk returned to Hamilton College and also attended the University of Wisconsin. He transferred to the New School for Social Research in New York City, which awarded him a bachelor's degree in literature and political science in 1951. He then traveled in Europe and worked on a railroad in Yugoslavia for six months. [16] He returned to New York, enrolling at Syracuse University, [13] but he recalled in his 2006 memoir, Just One More Thing, that he was unsure what he wanted to do with his life for years after leaving high school. [17]

Falk obtained a Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1953. The program was designed to train civil servants for the federal government, a career that Falk said in his memoir he had "no interest in and no aptitude for". [18] He applied for a job with the CIA, but was rejected because of his membership in the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union while serving in the Merchant Marine, even though he was required to join and was not active in the union (which had been under fire for communist leanings). [19] He then became a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau in Hartford. [20] In 1997, Falk characterized his Hartford job as "efficiency expert": "I was such an efficiency expert that the first morning on the job, I couldn't find the building where I was to report for work. Naturally, I was late, which I always was in those days, but ironically it was my tendency never to be on time that got me started as a professional actor." [13]


Stage career

While working in Hartford, Falk joined a community theater group called the Mark Twain Masquers, where he performed in plays that included The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial , The Crucible , and The Country Girl by Clifford Odets. Falk also studied with Eva Le Gallienne, who was giving an acting class at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, Connecticut. Falk later recalled how he "lied his way" into the class, which was for professional actors. He drove down to Westport from Hartford every Wednesday, when the classes were held, and was usually late. [13] In his 1997 interview with Arthur Marx in Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Falk said of Le Gallienne: "One evening when I arrived late, she looked at me and asked, 'Young man, why are you always late?' and I said, 'I have to drive down from Hartford.'" She looked down her nose and said, "What do you do in Hartford? There's no theater there. How do you make a living acting?" Falk confessed he wasn't a professional actor. According to him Le Gallienne looked at him sternly and said: "Well, you should be." He drove back to Hartford and quit his job. [13] Falk stayed with the Le Gallienne group for a few months more, and obtained a letter of recommendation from Le Galliene to an agent at the William Morris Agency in New York. [13] In 1956, he left his job with the Budget Bureau and moved to Greenwich Village to pursue an acting career. [21]

Falk's first New York stage role was in an Off-Broadway production of Molière's Don Juan at the Fourth Street Theatre that closed after its only performance on January 3, 1956. Falk played the second lead, Sganarelle. [22] His next theater role proved far better for his career. In May, he appeared at Circle in the Square in a revival of The Iceman Cometh with Jason Robards playing the bartender. [20] [23]

Later in 1956, Falk made his Broadway debut, appearing in Alexander Ostrovsky's Diary of a Scoundrel . As the year came to an end, he appeared again on Broadway as an English soldier in Shaw's Saint Joan with Siobhán McKenna. [24]

In 1972, Falk appeared in Broadway's The Prisoner of Second Avenue . According to film historian Ephraim Katz: "His characters derive added authenticity from his squinty gaze, the result of the loss of an eye ...". [25]

Early films

In Pocketful of Miracles (1961) Peter Falk a Pocketful of Miracles.jpg
In Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Despite his stage success, a theatrical agent advised Falk not to expect much film acting work because of his artificial eye. [20] He failed a screen test at Columbia Pictures and was told by studio boss Harry Cohn: "For the same price I can get an actor with two eyes." He also failed to get a role in the film Marjorie Morningstar , despite a promising interview for the second lead. [26] His first film performances were in small roles in Wind Across the Everglades (1958), The Bloody Brood (1959) and Pretty Boy Floyd (1960). Falk's performance in Murder, Inc. (1960) was a turning point in his career. He was cast in the supporting role of killer Abe Reles in a film based on the real-life murder gang of that name that terrorized New York in the 1930s. The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther, while dismissing the movie as "an average gangster film", singled out Falk's "amusingly vicious performance". [27] Crowther wrote: [27]

Mr. Falk, moving as if weary, looking at people out of the corners of his eyes and talking as if he had borrowed Marlon Brando's chewing gum, seems a travesty of a killer, until the water suddenly freezes in his eyes and he whips an icepick from his pocket and starts punching holes in someone's ribs. Then viciousness pours out of him and you get a sense of a felon who is hopelessly cracked and corrupt.

The film turned out to be Falk's breakout role. In his autobiography, Just One More Thing (2006), Falk said his selection for the film from thousands of other Off-Broadway actors was a "miracle" that "made my career" and that without it, he would not have received the other significant movie roles that he later played. [28] Falk, who played Reles again in the 1960 TV series The Witness, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in the film.

With Natalie Wood in Penelope (1966) Peter Falk and Natalie Wood - 1966.jpg
With Natalie Wood in Penelope (1966)

In 1961, multiple Academy Award-winning director Frank Capra cast Falk in the comedy Pocketful of Miracles . The film was Capra's last feature, and although it was not the commercial success he hoped it would be, he "gushed about Falk's performance". [1] Falk was nominated for an Oscar for the role. In his autobiography, Capra wrote about Falk:

The entire production was agony ... except for Peter Falk. He was my joy, my anchor to reality. Introducing that remarkable talent to the techniques of comedy made me forget pains, tired blood, and maniacal hankerings to murder Glenn Ford (the film's star). Thank you Peter Falk." [29] :480

For his part, Falk says he "never worked with a director who showed greater enjoyment of actors and the acting craft. There is nothing more important to an actor than to know that the one person who represents the audience to you, the director, is responding well to what you are trying to do." Falk once recalled how Capra reshot a scene even though he yelled "Cut and Print," indicating the scene was finalized. When Falk asked him why he wanted it reshot: "He laughed and said that he loved the scene so much he just wanted to see us do it again. How's that for support!" [1]

For the remainder of the 1960s, Falk had mainly supporting movie roles and TV guest-starring appearances. Falk turned in a gem of a performance as one of two cabbies who falls victim to greed in the epic 1963 star-studded comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World , although he only appears in the last fifth of the movie. His other roles included the character of Guy Gisborne in the Rat Pack musical comedy Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), in which he sings one of the film's numbers, and the spoof The Great Race (1965) with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

Early television roles

In Decoy (1959) Peter Falk in Decoy episode The Comeback (2).jpg
In Decoy (1959)

Falk first appeared on television in 1957, in the dramatic anthology programs that later became known as the "Golden Age of Television". In 1957, he appeared in one episode of Robert Montgomery Presents. He was also cast in Studio One, Kraft Television Theater, New York Confidential, Naked City, The Untouchables , Have Gun–Will Travel, The Islanders, and Decoy with Beverly Garland cast as the first female police officer in a series lead. On The Twilight Zone he portrayed a Castro-type revolutionary complete with beard who, intoxicated with power, kept seeing his would-be assassins in a newly acquired magic mirror. He starred in two of Alfred Hitchcock's television series, as a gangster terrified of death in a 1961 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and as a homicidal evangelist in 1962's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour .

In 1961, Falk was nominated for an Emmy Award [30] for his performance in the episode "Cold Turkey" of James Whitmore's short-lived series The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC. On September 29, 1961, Falk and Walter Matthau guest-starred in the premiere episode, "The Million Dollar Dump", of ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors , with Stephen McNally and Robert Harland. He won an Emmy for The Price of Tomatoes, a drama carried in 1962 on The Dick Powell Show .

In 1963, Falk and Tommy Sands appeared as brothers who disagreed on the route for a railroad in "The Gus Morgan Story" on ABC's Wagon Train . Falk played the title role of "Gus", and Sands was his younger brother, Ethan Morgan. Ethan accidentally shoots wagonmaster Chris Hale, played by John McIntire, while the brothers are in the mountains looking at possible route options. Gus makes the decision to leave Hale behind- even choking him, believing he is dead. Ethan has been overcome with oxygen deprivation and needs Gus' assistance to reach safety down the mountain. Unknown to the Morgans, Hale crawls down the mountain through snow, determined to obtain revenge against Gus. In time, though, Hale comes to understand the difficult choice Morgan had to make, and the brothers reconcile their own differences. This episode is remembered for its examination of how far a man will persist amid adversity to preserve his own life and that of his brother. [31]

Falk's first television series was in the title role of the drama The Trials of O'Brien , in which he played a lawyer. The show ran in 1965 and 1966 and was cancelled after 22 episodes. In 1966, he also co-starred in a television production of "Brigadoon" with Robert Goulet.

In 1971, Pierre Cossette produced the first Grammy Awards show on television with some help from Falk. Cossette writes in his autobiography, "What meant the most to me, though, is the fact that Peter Falk saved my ass. I love show business, and I love Peter Falk." [32]


As Lt. Columbo, 1973 Peter Falk - 1973.JPG
As Lt. Columbo, 1973

Although Falk appeared in numerous other television roles in the 1960s and 1970s, he is best known as the star of the TV series Columbo , "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective". [1] His character was a shabby and ostensibly absent-minded police detective lieutenant driving a Peugeot 403, who had first appeared in the 1968 film Prescription: Murder. Rather than a whodunit, the show typically revealed the murderer from the beginning, then showed how the Los Angeles police detective Columbo went about solving the crime. Falk would describe his role to Fantle:

Columbo has a genuine mistiness about him. It seems to hang in the air… [and] he's capable of being distracted… Columbo is an ass-backwards Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had a long neck, Columbo has no neck; Holmes smoked a pipe, Columbo chews up six cigars a day. [1]

Television critic Ben Falk (no relation) added that Falk "created an iconic cop… who always got his man (or woman) after a tortuous cat-and-mouse investigation". He also noted the idea for the character was "apparently inspired by Dostoyevsky's dogged police inspector, Porfiry Petrovich, in the novel Crime and Punishment . [33]

Falk tries to analyze the character and notes the correlation between his own personality and Columbo's:

I'm a Virgo Jew, and that means I have an obsessive thoroughness. It's not enough to get most of the details, it's necessary to get them all. I've been accused of perfectionism. When Lew Wasserman (head of Universal Studios) said that Falk is a perfectionist, I don't know whether it was out of affection or because he felt I was a monumental pain in the ass. [1]

With "general amazement", Falk notes: "The show is all over the world. I've been to little villages in Africa with maybe one TV set, and little kids will run up to me shouting, 'Columbo, Columbo!'" [1] Singer Johnny Cash recalled acting in one episode, and although he was not an experienced actor, he writes in his autobiography: "Peter Falk was good to me. I wasn't at all confident about handling a dramatic role, and every day he helped me in all kinds of little ways." [34]

The first episode of Columbo as a series was directed in 1971 by a 24-year-old Steven Spielberg in one of his earliest directing jobs. Falk recalled the episode to Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride:

Let's face it, we had some good fortune at the beginning. Our debut episode, in 1971, was directed by this young kid named Steven Spielberg. I told the producers, Link and Levinson: "This guy is too good for Columbo"... Steven was shooting me with a long lens from across the street. That wasn't common twenty years ago. The comfort level it gave me as an actor, besides its great look artistically—well, it told you that this wasn't any ordinary director." [35]

The character of Columbo had previously been played by Bert Freed in a single television episode of The Chevy Mystery Show in 1960, and by Thomas Mitchell on Broadway. Falk first played Columbo in Prescription: Murder, a 1968 TV movie, and the 1970 pilot for the series, Ransom for a Dead Man. From 1971 to 1978, Columbo aired regularly on NBC as part of the umbrella series NBC Mystery Movie . All episodes were of TV movie length, in a 90- or 120-minute slot including commercials. In 1989, the show returned on ABC in the form of a less frequent series of TV movies, still starring Falk, airing until 2003. Falk won four Emmys for his role as Columbo. [36]

Columbo was so popular, co-creator William Link wrote a series of short stories published as The Columbo Collection (Crippen & Landru, 2010) which includes a drawing by Falk of himself as Columbo, and the cover features a caricature of Falk/Columbo by Al Hirschfeld. [37]

Later career

Falk was a close friend of independent film director John Cassavetes and appeared in his films Husbands , A Woman Under the Influence , and, in a cameo, at the end of Opening Night . Cassavetes guest-starred in the Columbo episode "Étude in Black" in 1972; Falk, in turn, co-starred with Cassavetes in the 1976 film Mikey and Nicky . Falk describes his experiences working with Cassavetes, specifically remembering his directing strategies: "Shooting an actor when he might be unaware the camera was running."

You never knew when the camera might be going. And it was never: 'Stop. Cut. Start again.' John would walk in the middle of a scene and talk, and though you didn't realize it, the camera kept going. So I never knew what the hell he was doing. [Laughs] But he ultimately made me, and I think every actor, less self-conscious, less aware of the camera than anybody I've ever worked with." [38]

In 1978, Falk appeared on the comedy TV show The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast , portraying his Columbo character, with Frank Sinatra the evening's victim. [39]

At a book signing for his 2006 autobiography Just One More Thing Peter Falk 2007.jpg
At a book signing for his 2006 autobiography Just One More Thing

Falk continued to work in films, including his performance as a questionable ex-CIA agent of dubious sanity in the comedy The In-Laws . Director Arthur Hiller said during an interview that the "film started out because Alan Arkin and Peter Falk wanted to work together. They went to Warner Brother's and said, 'We'd like to do a picture', and Warner said fine ... and out came The In-laws ... of all the films I've done, The In-laws is the one I get the most comments on." [2] :290 Movie critic Roger Ebert compared the film with a later remake:

Peter Falk and Alan Arkin in the earlier film, versus Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks this time ... yet the chemistry is better in the earlier film. Falk goes into his deadpan lecturer mode, slowly and patiently explaining things that sound like utter nonsense. Arkin develops good reasons for suspecting he is in the hands of a madman." [40]

Falk appeared in The Great Muppet Caper , The Princess Bride , Murder by Death , The Cheap Detective , Vibes , Made , and in Wim Wenders' 1987 German language film Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close!. In Wings of Desire, Falk played a semi-fictionalized version of himself, a famous American actor who had once been an angel, but who had grown disillusioned with only observing life on Earth and had in turn given up his immortality. Falk described the role as "the craziest thing that I've ever been offered", but he earned critical acclaim for his supporting performance in the film. [41]

In 1998, Falk returned to the New York stage to star in an Off-Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Mr. Peters' Connections . His previous stage work included shady real estate salesman Shelley "the Machine" Levine in the 1986 Boston/Los Angeles production of David Mamet's prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross . [42]

Falk starred in a trilogy of holiday television movies  A Town Without Christmas (2001), Finding John Christmas (2003), and When Angels Come to Town (2004) – in which he portrayed Max, a quirky guardian angel who uses disguises and subterfuge to steer his charges onto the right path. In 2005, he starred in The Thing About My Folks . Although movie critic Roger Ebert was not impressed with most of the other actors, he wrote in his review: "... We discover once again what a warm and engaging actor Peter Falk is. I can't recommend the movie, but I can be grateful that I saw it, for Falk." [43] In 2007, Falk appeared with Nicolas Cage in the thriller Next .

Personal life

Falk married Alyce Mayo whom he met when the two were students at Syracuse University, [44] on April 17, 1960. The couple adopted two daughters, Catherine (who was to become a private investigator) and Jackie. Falk and his wife divorced in 1976. On December 7, 1977, he married actress Shera Danese, [45] who guest-starred in more episides of the Columbo series than any other actress.

Falk was an accomplished artist, and in October 2006 he had an exhibition of his artwork at the Butler Institute of American Art. [46] He took classes at the Art Students League of New York for many years. [47] [48]

Falk was a chess aficionado and a spectator at the American Open in Santa Monica, California, in November 1972, and at the U.S. Open in Pasadena, California, in August 1983. [49]

His memoir Just One More Thing ( ISBN   978-0-78671795-8) was published by Carroll & Graf on August 23, 2006.


Peter Falk statue as Columbo with his dog in Budapest, Hungary Peter Falk Columbo monument.JPG
Peter Falk statue as Columbo with his dog in Budapest, Hungary

Rumors of Falk's dementia plagued the actor in the final years of his life and were exacerbated when in late April 2008 he was photographed by paparazzi looking disheveled and acting animated in the streets of Beverly Hills. Although the actor said his behavior resulted from his frustration over being unable to remember where he had parked his car, the images of his erratic appearance and behavior were published by the media; Falk was seldom seen in public after the incident. [50]

In December 2008 it was reported that Falk had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. [51] In June 2009, at a two-day conservatorship trial in Los Angeles, one of Falk's personal physicians, Dr. Stephen Read, reported he had rapidly slipped into dementia after a series of dental operations in 2007. [52] Dr. Read said it was unclear whether Falk's condition had worsened as a result of anesthesia or some other reaction to the operations. Shera Danese Falk was appointed as her husband's conservator. [53]


On the evening of June 23, 2011, Falk died at his longtime home on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. [54] [55] His death was primarily caused by pneumonia, with complications of Alzheimer's disease being a secondary and underlying cause. [56] His daughters said they would remember his "wisdom and humor". [57] Falk's body was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. [58]

His death was marked by tributes from many film celebrities including Jonah Hill, Roger Ebert, and Stephen Fry [59] [60] Steven Spielberg said, "I learned more about acting from him at that early stage of my career than I had from anyone else." [61] Rob Reiner said: "He was a completely unique actor", and went on to say that Falk's work with Alan Arkin in The In-Laws was "one of the most brilliant comedy pairings we've seen on screen". [62]

Peter Falk's Law

Shera Danese was Falk's second wife and conservator, and allegedly, according to his daughter Catherine, stopped some of his family members from visiting him, did not notify them of major changes in his condition, and did not notify them of his death and funeral arrangements. Catherine later encouraged the passage of legislation called Peter Falk's Law, that provides guidelines that guardians and conservators for an incapacitated person must comply with regarding visitation rights and notice of death. [63] [45] [64] As of 2016 over ten states had enacted such laws. [65]



1958 Wind Across the Everglades Writerfilm debut
1959 The Bloody Brood Nico
1960 Pretty Boy Floyd Shorty Walters
1960 Murder Inc. Abe RelesNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1960 The Secret of the Purple Reef Tom Weber
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Joy BoyNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1962 Pressure Point Young Psychiatrist
1963 The Balcony Police Chief
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Third Cab Driver
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Guy Gisborne
1964 Attack and Retreat Medic Captain
1965 The Great Race Maximilian Meen
1966 Penelope Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee
1967 Luv Milt Manville
1967 Too Many Thieves Danny
1968 A Hatful of Rain Polo PopeTelevision movie
1968 Anzio Corporal Jack Rabinoff
1969 Machine Gun McCain Charlie Adamo
1969 Castle Keep Sergeant Rossi
1970 Operation Snafu Peter Pawney
1970 Husbands Archie Black
1971 A Step Out Of Line Harry ConnorsTelevision movie
1974 A Woman Under the Influence Nick Longhetti
1976 Griffin and Phoenix Geoffrey Griffin
1976 Murder by Death Sam Diamond
1976 Mikey and Nicky Mikey
1977 Opening Night Cameo appearanceUncredited
1978 The Cheap Detective Lou Peckinpaugh
1978 The Brink's Job Tony Pino
1978 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast ColumboTelevision movie
1978 Scared Straight! Himself – Host
1979 The In-Laws Vincent J. Ricardo
1981 The Great Muppet Caper TrampUncredited
1981 ...All the Marbles Harry Sears
1986 Big Trouble Steve Rickey
1987 Wings of Desire Himself
1987 Happy New Year Nick
1987 The Princess Bride Grandfather / Narrator
1988 Vibes Harry Buscafusco
1989 Cookie Dominick "Dino" Capisco
1990 In the Spirit Roger Flan
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Pedro Carmichael
1992 Faraway, So Close! Himself
1995 Roommates Rocky Holzcek
1995Cops n RobertsSalvatore Santini
1995 The Sunshine Boys Willie ClarkTelevision movie
1997ProntoHarry ArnoTelevision movie
1998Money KingsVinnie Glynn
2000 Lakeboat The Pierman
2000 Enemies of Laughter Paul's Father
2000 A Storm in Summer Abel ShaddickTelevision movie
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
2001 Hubert's Brain ThompsonVoice
2001 Made Max
2001 Corky Romano Francis A. "Pops" Romano
2001 A Town Without Christmas MaxTelevision movie
2001 The Lost World Reverend Theo KerrTelevision movie
2002 Three Days of Rain Waldo
2002 Undisputed Mendy Ripstein
2003 Finding John Christmas MaxTelevision movie
2004 Shark Tale Don Ira FeinbergVoice
2004 When Angels Come to Town MaxTelevision movie
2005 Checking Out Morris Applebaum
2005 The Thing About My Folks Sam Kleinman
2007 Three Days to Vegas Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald
2007 Next Irv
2009 American Cowslip Father Randolph(final film role)


1958 Kraft Suspense Theatre IzzyEpisode: "Night Cry"
1959 Decoy Fred DanaEpisode: "The Come Back"
1960 Naked City Gimpy, a gangster shot in the opening sceneEpisode: "A Death of Princes". Played opposite Eli Wallach. No credit given in cast.
1960 Have Gun–Will Travel WallerEpisode: "The Poker Fiend"
1960 The Untouchables Duke MullenEpisode: "The Underworld Bank"
1961 The Twilight Zone Ramos ClementeEpisode: "The Mirror"
1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show JoeEpisode: "The Assassin"
1961 The Law and Mr. Jones Sydney JarmonEpisode: "Cold Turkey"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1961 The Untouchables Nate SelkoEpisode: "The Troubleshooter"
1961 Target: The Corruptors! Nick Longo1x01 The Million Dollar Dump
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Meyer FineEpisode: "Gratitude"
1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Robert EvansEpisode: "Bonfire"
1962 The New Breed LopezEpisode: "Cross the Little Line"
1962–1963 The Dick Powell Theatre Various3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (1962) for the episode "The Price of Tomatoes"
1963 Dr. Kildare Matt GundersonEpisode: "The Balance and the Crucible"
1963 Wagon Train Gus MorganEpisode: "The Gus Morgan Story"
1964 Ben Casey Dr. Jimmy Reynolds2 episodes
1965–1966 The Trials of O'Brien Daniel O'Brien22 episodes
1968–2003 Columbo Lt. Columbo69 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1973)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1972, 1976, 1990)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (1975)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1972, 1974–76, 1978, 1991)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (1992, 1994)
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Performer (1990–91)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1973–74, 1977–78, 1991, 1994)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (1974)
1971 The Name of the Game Lewis CorbettEpisode: "A Sister from Napoli"
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Peter FalkEpisode: "Out of the Loop"

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResult
1961 Murder, Inc. Supporting Actor Nominated
1962 Pocketful of Miracles Supporting Actor Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResult
1961 The Law and Mr. Jones Supporting Role in a Single Program Nominated [66]
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre Lead Actor - Miniseries TV Movie Won
1972 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Won
1973 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Nominated
1974 Columbo Lead Actor - Limited Series Nominated
1975 Columbo Lead Actor - Limited Series Won
1976 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Won
1977 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Nominated
1978 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Nominated
1990 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Won
1991 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Nominated
1994 Columbo Lead Actor - Drama Series Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResult
1961 Murder, Inc. Most Promising Newcomer - Male Nominated [67]
1972 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1973 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Won
1974 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1975 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1976 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1978 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1991 Columbo Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
1992 Columbo Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
1994 Columbo Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


See also

Related Research Articles

James Spader American actor

James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the action science fiction film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), and the erotic romance Secretary (2002). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he played the titular character of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), which he portrayed through voice and motion capture.

George C. Scott American actor, film director and producer

George Campbell Scott was an American stage and film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Ebenezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's 1984 film A Christmas Carol and Lieutenant Bill Kinderman in William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III.

Phil Silvers American actor

Phil Silvers was an American entertainer and comedic actor, known as "The King of Chutzpah". He starred in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a U.S. Army post in which he played Master Sergeant Ernest (Ernie) Bilko.

Patrick McGoohan actor

Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an Irish-American actor, screenwriter and director. He began his career in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, relocating to the United States in the 1970s. His career-defining roles were in the British television series Danger Man and the surreal psychological drama The Prisoner, which he co-created. He received the Primetime Emmy Award twice and the BAFTA once.

Leonard Francis Penn was an American actor and director and the father of musician Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn.

Eric Stoltz American actor, director and film producer

Eric Stoltz is an American actor, director and film producer. He is best known for playing the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and has appeared in a wide variety of films from mainstream fare like Some Kind of Wonderful to independent films like Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, and Kicking and Screaming. In 1985, Stoltz was originally cast to portray Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future; the part was then played by Michael J. Fox.

Thomas Mitchell (actor) American actor, playwright and screenwriter

Thomas John Mitchell was an American actor. Among his most famous roles in a long career are those of Gerald O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, Doc Boone in Stagecoach, Uncle Billy in It's a Wonderful Life and Mayor Jonas Henderson in High Noon. Mitchell was the first male actor to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award.

Sam Jaffe

Shalom "Sam" Jaffe was an American actor, teacher, musician, and engineer. In 1951, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and appeared in other classic films such as Ben-Hur (1959) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). He is also remembered for other outstanding performances such as the title role in Gunga Din (1939) and the High Lama in Lost Horizon (1937).

Ben Gazzara

Biagio Anthony Gazzarra, known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and television actor and director. His best known films include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Voyage of the Damned (1976), Inchon (1981), Road House (1989), The Big Lebowski (1998), Buffalo '66 (1998), Happiness (1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Summer of Sam (1999), Dogville (2003) and Paris, je t'aime (2006). He was a recurring collaborator with John Cassavetes, working with him on Husbands (1970), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Opening Night (1977).

Robert Morse American actor

Robert Alan Morse is an American actor and singer, best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production and 1967 film adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and as Bertram Cooper, from 2007 to 2015, in the AMC dramatic series Mad Men.

Edward Winter (actor) American actor

Edward Dean Winter was an American actor. He is best known for playing Colonel Samuel Flagg in the iconic television series M*A*S*H from 1973 to 1979.

Eileen Brennan

Verla Eileen Regina Brennan was an American film, stage, and television actress. She made her film debut in the satire Divorce American Style (1967), followed by a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), which earned her a BAFTA award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

William Windom (actor) American actor

William Windom was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60 year career, but is perhaps best known for his roles in two sitcoms: as Glen Morley, a fictional congressman in The Farmer's Daughter (1963–1966), and his Emmy Award winning role as cartoonist John Monroe in the short-lived comedy My World and Welcome to It (1969–1970).

Tom Everett Scott actor

Thomas Everett Scott is an American actor. His film work includes a starring role as drummer Guy Patterson in the film That Thing You Do!, the protagonist in An American Werewolf in Paris, and notable roles in Boiler Room, One True Thing, Dead Man on Campus, The Love Letter, Because I Said So, and La La Land.

Harris Yulin is an American actor who has appeared in over a hundred film and television series roles, such as Scarface (1983), Ghostbusters II (1989), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Looking for Richard (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), and Frasier which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1996.

David Huddleston American actor

David William Huddleston was an American actor. An Emmy Award nominee, Huddleston had a prolific television career, and appeared in many films including Blazing Saddles, Crime Busters, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski.

Vincent Michael McEveety was an American film and television director and producer.

Shera Danese is an American actress and the widow of actor Peter Falk.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fantle, David, and Johnson, Tom. Twenty-five Years of Celebrity Interviews, Badger Books (2004) pp. 216–17
  2. 1 2 Emery, Robert J (2002). The Directors: Take Two. Allworth Press. p. 263.
  3. TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes & Noble. 2004. p. 596. ISBN   0-7607-5634-1.
  5. "Peter Falk - Hollywood Star Walk - Los Angeles Times". July 25, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. "Jerry Tallmer: Just 79 more things". NYC plus. September 16, 1927. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  7. "Peter Falk Biography (1927–)". Film reference. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  8. Peter Falk, TV's Rumpled "Columbo" for More Than Three Decades, Dies at 83, Bloomberg, June 24, 2011
  9. "Michael Falk 1910 census record". Family search. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  10. "United States Census, 1920 for Madeline Hochhauser". Family search. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  11. "Peter Falk". Bio. (UK). Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  12. "Peter Falk Biography". Biography.
  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Marx, Arthur (November – December 1997). "Talk with Falk". Cigar Aficionado . Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
  14. "Famous Alumni". Camp High Point. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  15. Falk 2006, p. 20.
  16. Falk 2006, p.  26.
  17. Falk 2006, p. 17.
  18. Falk 2006, p. 29.
  19. Falk 2006, p. 32.
  20. 1 2 3 "Peter Falk Biography". Peter Falk official website. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  21. "Peter Falk Biography". Official website of Peter Falk. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  22. Just One More Thing, p. 42
  23. "Peter Falk". Lortel Archives, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Internet Off Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 20, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  24. Peter Falk at the Internet Broadway Database
  25. Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia, HarperCollins (1998) p. 436
  26. Just One More Thing, pp. 51–55, Free preview at
  27. 1 2 Crowther, Bosley (June 29, 1960). "Screen: 'Murder, Inc.': Story of Brooklyn Mob Retold at the Victoria". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  28. Just One More Thing. p. 76. (Free preview available at
  29. Capra, Frank. The Name Above the Title: an Autobiography, Macmillan (1971)
  30. "PETER FALK". Television Academy.
  31. "The Gus Morgan Story". Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  32. Cossette, Pierre. Another Day in Showbiz, ECW Press (2002) p. 182
  33. Falk, Ben. Television's Strangest Moments, Chrysalis Books (2005) p. 103
  34. Cash, Johnny. Cash: the Autobiography, Harper Collins (1997) p. 197
  35. McBride, Joseph. Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Simon and Schuster (1997) p. 191
  36. "Actor Peter Falk dies at 83". Xinhua. June 25, 2011. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  37. The Columbo Collection by William Link. Crippen & Landru Publishers. May 2010. ISBN   978-1-932009-94-1 . Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  38. Carney, Raymond. The Films of John Cassavetes, Cambridge Univ. Press (1994) p. 296
  39. "Columbo meets Sinatra", video clip
  40. Ebert, Roger. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2006, Andrews McMeel Publ. (2006) p. 325
  41. Kenny, J.M.; Wenders, Wim (2009). The Angels Among Us (Blu-ray). The Criterion Collection.
  42. Coakley, Michael (March 2, 1986). "Peter Falk: TV's Rumpled Columbo Goes Legit In Mamet's "Glengarry"". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  43. Ebert, Roger. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009, Andrews McMeel Publ. (2009) p. 676
  44. Just One More Thing, p. 30
  45. 1 2 Kim, Victoria (May 28, 2009). "Relatives Fight For Control of 'Columbo' Star Peter Falk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  46. Pinchot, Joe (October 2006). "It's all about the pose: actor Peter Falk keeps his drawings simple". The Sharon Herald. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  47. Litt, Steven (June 24, 2011) [October 10, 2006]. "My Interview with Peter Falk". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  48. "Former Prominent Students, The Art Students League of New York". Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  49. "Peter Falk, American Open, Santa Monica, November 1972, and United States Open, Pasadena, California, August 1983". Chess history.
  50. Joanna Walters. "Daughter in fight over Columbo star's Alzheimer's". the Guardian.
  51. Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor (December 16, 2008). "Columbo star Peter Falk has Alzheimer's". maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  52. Anthony McCartney (June 1, 2009). ""Columbo" Actor Peter Falk Placed In Conservatorship". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  53. ""'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dead at 83"". The Baltimore Sun . Archived from the original on January 2, 2014.
  54. Bruce Weber (June 24, 2011). "Peter Falk, Rumpled and Crafty Actor In Television's "Columbo", Dies at 83". The New York Times.
  55. "Peter Falk" The Daily Telegraph.
  56. "Peter Falk's Official Cause Of Death Revealed". November 7, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  57. ""Columbo" actor Peter Falk dead at 83". Reuters. June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  58. Portraits de Los Angeles
  59. "Tweets of the Week: Peter Falk Edition". Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  60. "Celebrities mourn Peter Falk on Twitter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  61. "Peter Falk's friends and co-stars pay tribute to the late actor". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  62. "Remembering TV's rumpled Columbo". The Daily News Egypt. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  64. "The Catherine Falk Story – Catherine Falk Organization". Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  66. "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Retrieved May 23, 2019.