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Peter Falk is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter American born on 16 september 1927 at New York City (USA)

Peter Falk

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Birth name Peter Michael Falk
Nationality USA
Birth 16 september 1927 at New York City (USA)
Death 23 june 2011 (at 83 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)

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."

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.

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

Biography

Falk married Alyce Mayo whom he met when the two were both students at Syracuse University, on April 17, 1960. The couple adopted two daughters, Catherine (who was to become a private investigator) and Jackie. They divorced in 1976. On December 7, 1977, Falk married actress Shera Danese, who guest-starred on the Columbo series on numerous occasions.

Falk was an accomplished artist, and in October 2006 he had an exhibition of his artwork at the Butler Institute of American Art. He took classes at the Art Students League of New York for many years. Examples of his sketches can be seen on his official web site.

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.

Falk appeared in the video for Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" in 1984.

Of death, Falk once said: "It is just the gateway."

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

Best films

The Great Race (1965)
(Actor)
Roommates (1995)
(Actor)
Wings of Desire (1987)
(Actor)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Peter Falk (64 films)

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Actor

American Cowslip, 1h53
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Val Kilmer, Diane Ladd, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Rip Torn, Cloris Leachman, Priscilla Barnes
Roles Father Randolph
Rating52% 2.614082.614082.614082.614082.61408
Ethan Inglebrink (Ronnie Gene Blevens) is an agoraphobic heroin addict who lives in a homogeneous California town where nothing ever happens. A misfit, clad in a powder blue tux, he has convinced his poker buddies, and surrogate moms, Roe (Diane Ladd), Sandy (Cloris Leachman), and Lou Anne (Lin Shaye), that he is diabetic and his needles are for insulin, not heroin. His next-door neighbor is his landlord and former high school football coach Trevor O'Hart (Rip Torn), who wants nothing more than to kick Ethan out on the street. Complicating matters even further is that Ethan's older brother Todd (Val Kilmer), the local sheriff, is convinced that his brother can only be saved by an act of God, and recruits the family priest (Peter Falk) to get the job done. Meanwhile, as the Garden of the Year competition draws near, Ethan becomes convinced that he can take the $10,000 top prize and pay off his delinquent rent if he can just grow the perfect American Cowslip. Little does Ethan realize that salvation may lie not in the money he could win for growing a rare flower, but with the companionship and understanding offered by his 17-year-old neighbor Georgia (Hanna R. Hall), who longs to escape her abusive father (Bruce Dern).
Three Days to Vegas
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Peter Falk, Rip Torn, George Segal, Bill Cobbs, Billy Burke
Roles Gus 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald
Rating47% 2.3823052.3823052.3823052.3823052.382305
Next
Next (2007)
, 1h36
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action
Themes Films based on science fiction novels, Films based on works by Philip K. Dick, Arme nucléaire
Actors Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, Peter Falk
Roles Irv
Rating61% 3.098573.098573.098573.098573.09857
Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see into his future. He can only see two minutes ahead, with the exception of a vision he once had of a woman walking into a diner. Knowing no details other than the time, he goes to the diner twice each day at 8:09 to await her arrival. He works as a small-time magician in Las Vegas, where he supplements his income with gambling, using his powers to win against the house.
Griffin and Phoenix, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Dermot Mulroney, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Blair Brown, Alison Elliott, Lois Smith
Rating70% 3.547413.547413.547413.547413.54741
The film starts with Henry Griffin (Dermot Mulroney) learning from his oncologist that his cancer has spread and that he only has one year, two at most, left to live. This discovery starts him on a journey of self-reflection which includes starting a novel and taking a psychology class at New York University. In this class, he meets Sarah Phoenix (Amanda Peet). He asks her on a date and after hesitation she comes. Then the two of them goof around and eventually stay up all night together watching the sunrise. Griffin believes they are close but Phoenix doesn't show as much interest. Although Phoenix sends Griffin the occasional mixed signals, the two team up for a whirlwind of adventurous and almost childlike activities. However Phoenix doesn't want to hurt Griffin or her self by falling in love because she's too weak to deal with it as she too has cancer and is also short of time. One day while at Griffin's house after their adventure, while cleaning she comes across his books on dying and "living life to the fullest" and comes to the conclusion that Griffin knows she's ill and is being nice only out of sympathy. She storms out and after their confrontation Griffin explains that the books belong to him and he too has cancer. This causes the two to fall ever more deeply for one another, and their relationship deepens. Together, they strive to make the most of their last days of life. However while exploring and making the most of their last days, Griffin explains how when he gets seriously ill he will just leave and he wishes for her to not come looking for him because it's something he feels he must do himself. But Phoenix is first to get sick and uses Griffin's same words against him. This deeply hurts Griffin and causes him to overact. Later, however, after realizing he was wrong, he decides he wants to spend the last moments of Phoenix's life with her anyhow. The movie ends with Griffin making 'Christmas' for Phoenix, as it is her favorite season and it would be their last holiday together.
The Thing About My Folks, 1h36
Directed by Raymond De Felitta
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Perkins, Ann Dowd, Lydia Jordan
Roles Sam Kleinman
Rating65% 3.298113.298113.298113.298113.29811
When Muriel Kleinman (Olympia Dukakis) unexpectedly leaves her husband Sam (Peter Falk), their three daughters Linda (Ann Dowd), Hillary, Bonnie, and daughter-in-law Rachel (Elizabeth Perkins) set about trying to find her while Sam and his son Ben (Paul Reiser) spend a day in the country inspecting property Ben and his wife are considering buying. The journey evolves into an extended road trip in a restored 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe convertible Sam buys when Ben's car crashes. As time passes, the two men fish, drink, and play pool while discussing the past and reestablishing their relationship.
Shark Tale
Shark Tale (2004)
, 1h30
Directed by Éric Bergeron, Rob Letterman, Vicky Jenson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about sharks, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Children's films, Gangster films
Actors Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Martin Scorsese
Roles Don Feinberg
Rating59% 2.9990452.9990452.9990452.9990452.999045
In Reef City, an underachieving bluestreak cleaner wrasse named Oscar fantasizes about being rich and famous while making his way to work as a tongue scrubber at the local Whale Wash, a job in which he is following in his father's footsteps. Soon after arriving he is called to the office of his boss, a pufferfish named Sykes, to discuss the fact that he owes "five thousand clams" and has to pay it back by the next day. After explaining this to his angelfish best friend Angie, she offers him a chance to pay back the money by pawning a pink pearl that was a gift from her grandmother. Oscar brings the money to the race track to meet Sykes, but becomes distracted by his dreams of grandeur. Upon hearing that the race is rigged, he places it all on a long-shot bet by the name of "Lucky Day". Such a million dollar bet is noticed nearby by a beautiful lionfish named Lola, who flagrantly seduces an excited Oscar, but Oscar is disappointed when she leaves upon learning that he is a whale washer. Sykes is furious that Oscar bet the money but nonetheless agrees to see how the race turns out. Moments before their betted "horse" crosses the finish line, he trips and falls on the line.
When Angels Come to Town, 1h30
Directed by Andy Wolk
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films
Actors Tammy Blanchard, Peter Falk, Katey Sagal, Alexander Conti, Babz Chula, Vlasta Vrána
Roles Max
Rating68% 3.441323.441323.441323.441323.44132
This script must be run from the command line
Finding John Christmas, 1h21
Directed by Andy Wolk
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films
Actors Valerie Bertinelli, David Cubitt, Peter Falk, William Russ, Patricia Gage, Bill Carr
Roles Max
Rating65% 3.29683.29683.29683.29683.2968
When a photojournalist (David Cubitt) in the fictional Bay City photographs a mysterious stranger performing an act of bravery, the act quickly becomes headline news and the town dubs the stranger "John Christmas". After seeing the photo, Kathleen McAllister (Valerie Bertinelli) becomes convinced that the mysterious stranger is in fact her long-lost brother Hank (William Russ), a former firefighter. With the town's help, Kathleen and Noah set about to find the stranger's true identity with the help of Max (Peter Falk), a Christmas angel.
Wilder Days, 1h35
Directed by David M. Evans
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Peter Falk, Timothy Daly, Josh Hutcherson, Kate Vernon, Conchita Campbell, Benita Ha
Roles James 'Pop Up' Morse
Rating60% 3.005143.005143.005143.005143.00514
Undisputed
Undisputed (2002)
, 1h34
Directed by Walter Hill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Prison films, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise, Gangster films
Actors Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker, Jon Seda, Wes Studi
Roles Mendy Ripstein
Rating62% 3.100423.100423.100423.100423.10042
Undisputed heavyweight boxing champion George "Iceman" Chambers (Rhames) is convicted of rape and sentenced to a new prison in the desert called Sweetwater. The high-security facility is populated by hardened criminals. Unaware of the prison's ways and its unique hierarchy, the pompous and bratty Chambers tries to impress upon the inmates his status as a champion boxer.
Three Days of Rain, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Peter Falk, Alimi Ballard, Erick Avari, Robert Carradine, Mark Feuerstein, Heather Kafka
Roles Waldo
Rating59% 2.959462.959462.959462.959462.95946
Three Days of Rain is a film from 2002 that takes six short stories of Anton Chekov and sets them in modern-day Cleveland, Ohio. The film opens as a storm rolls into Cleveland that will bring rain for three straight days. The film follows six separate people through their unique struggles and challenges. There is a young women who is forced to give up her daughter and is willing to do anything to be with her. Another character is a cab driver who struggles to cope with the loss of his son. There is Thunder (Michael Santoro), who is a tile maker who is fighting to keep his business from going under, and Denis (Joey Billow), a mentally handicapped Janitor who is faced with losing his job. Through the entire film there is soft jazz and the banter of a local Cleveland disk jockey, the jazz also doubles as the film's soundtrack.
Corky Romano, 1h23
Directed by Rob Pritts
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Chris Kattan, Vinessa Shaw, Peter Berg, Chris Penn, Richard Roundtree, Fred Ward
Roles Francis A. 'Pops' Romano
Rating47% 2.352.352.352.352.35
Veterinary technician Corky Romano (Chris Kattan) having been banished from his family after the death of his mother, is unaware of their underworld connections until he receives a call from his father, "Pops" (Peter Falk) a Mafia crime lord. Pops has been indicted on racketeering charges, and, knowing that the prosecutors have a strong case against him, has concluded that the only solution is to somehow destroy the evidence held by the FBI.
Made
Made (2001)
, 1h35
Directed by Jon Favreau
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Actors Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Peter Falk, Sean Combs, Jonathan Silverman, Famke Janssen
Roles Max
Rating63% 3.199533.199533.199533.199533.19953
Bobby has ties to the local mafia boss, Max, but works as an honest mason for Max's construction projects. He fights in amateur boxing matches on the side, but his career is lackluster (five wins, five losses, one draw). Struggling to support his stripper girlfriend Jessica and her daughter Chloe, Bobby decides to do a mafia job for Max. Against his better judgment, he brings along his ne'er-do-well friend Ricky.
The Lost World, 2h25
Directed by Stuart Orme
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques
Actors Bob Hoskins, James Fox, Matthew Rhys, Tom Ward, Elaine Cassidy, Peter Falk
Roles Theo Kerr
Rating66% 3.3467253.3467253.3467253.3467253.346725
While on a journey through the remote regions of the Amazon rainforest, a long extinct animal shot by Professor George Challenger's (Bob Hoskins) team turns out to be a prehistoric pterosaur. During a lecture at the Natural History Museum of London, he argues that it is genuine and that he shot it several months ago. The lecturer, Professor Leo Summerlee (James Fox) dismisses it as nothing more than a clever hoax, as do several others. Eventually ambitious Lord John Roxton (Tom Ward), a noted hunter and womanizer, and Daily Gazette columnist Edward Malone (Matthew Rhys) announce they will volunteer for the expedition and even Summerlee joins them.