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Name: Peter Falk  
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Date of Birth: 16th September 1927
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Actor
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DVD cover of Columbo - The Complete First Season

Peter Falk (born September 16, 1927 of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Hungary) is an American actor. He is a descendent of Miksa Falk, who was the editor of the liberal Hungarian newspaper, the Pester Lloyd.

He was nominated for best supporting actor twice for Murder Inc, and Pocketful of Miracles.

He is best known for the title role in the long-running TV series Columbo, a shabby, seemingly slow-witted police detective. Columbo inevitably solved his cases through close attention to tiny inconsistencies in a suspect's story, hounding them until they confessed. Columbo's signature technique was to exit the scene of an interview, only to stop in the doorway to ask "just one more thing" of a suspect, which always brought to light the key inconsistency. The role won him 5 Emmies and a Golden Globe.

Falk is also loved for his brilliant performance in the high-brow comedy, The In-Laws. Falk played a crazed CIA agent who dupes his in-law, a New York City dentist, into joining a scheme to rob the U.S. Treasury. He also gave a memorable performance opposite Gena Rowlands in director John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence.

His right eye was surgically removed at the age of three because of cancer.

Notable film/TV appearances:

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
  • The Great Race (1965)
  • A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  • Murder by Death (1976)
  • The Cheap Detective (1978)
  • The In-Laws (1979)
  • Wings of Desire (1987) (Der Himmel ├╝ber Berlin)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Corky Romano (2001)
  • Shark Tale (2004) (voice actor)

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