Peter Falk

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Peter Falk
Falk as Columbo (June 1973)
Peter Michael Falk

(1927-09-16)September 16, 1927
DiedJune 23, 2011(2011-06-23) (aged 83)
Cause of deathPneumonia and Alzheimer's disease
EducationBachelor's degree, Master's degree
Alma materSyracuse University
Years active1956–2009
Spouse(s)Alyce Mayo
(m. 1960–1976, divorced)
Shera Danese
(m. 1977–2011; his death)
Children2 daughters

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 - June 23, 2011)[1] was an American actor. His best known role was Columbo in the TV series of the same name.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Falk was born in Manhattan on September 16, 1927. He was Jewish.[3] He grew up in Ossining, New York. He earned a degree in political science from the New School for Social Research. He then earned his Master's degree in public administration at Syracuse University.[1]

Career[change | change source]

He appeared in a number of Broadway plays including: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Passion of Josef D, Diary of a Scoundrel, and Saint Joan. Falk won four Emmy Awards playing the police detective Columbo, and one for The Dick Powell Theatre. He was nominated for seven other Emmy awards. Falk also received two Academy Award nominations for the films Murder Inc. and Pocketful of Miracles.[2]

Death[change | change source]

Falk was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died in his Beverly Hills, California home on the morning of June 23, 2011.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weber, Bruce (2011-06-24). "Peter Falk, Rumpled and Crafty Actor In Television's 'Columbo,' Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Propst, Andy (2011-06-24). "Actor Peter Falk Has Died"., Inc. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  3. Arutz Sheva
  4. Strauss, Gary (2011-06-24). "'Columbo' star Peter Falk dies at 83". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-06-24.

Other websites[change | change source]

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