Peter Falk

(Peter Michael Falk)

Peter Falk
Peter Falk
  • Born: September 16, 1927
  • Died: June 23, 2011
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor

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Peter Michael Falk 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.

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I came to Hollywood and nobody knew me. I was on a coupla TV shows.
I did do my own stunts.
I didn't become an actor until I was an old man of 28 or 29. I declared to the world that I was an actor. Nobody heard me, but I did declare it.
I had two ambitions: One was to be in The Actors Studio, and the other was to walk into a bar where actors hung out, and everyone would know that I was a professional actor and I would be accepted.
I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately.
If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm just looking to get through the day.
I'm old fashioned. I really think you should know how to draw before you start painting. I use charcoal and graphite; I put a skylight in. In my house, I turned the garage into an art studio. So I'm awash in art studios. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've worked with some terrific actors. The list of guys that came on the 'Columbo' show, I mean they were world-class actors from all over the world - Oskar Werner, Laurence Harvey, Donald Pleasence, you know... foreigners.
My father's whole life was work. He had a retail store in Ossining, New York, and I mean, he was down there at 6:15 every morning. The store didn't open until 9, but he hadda be down there. That's all he knew. Life ;Morning ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The only mountain that I would still like to climb: I'd like to break 85.
Usually, I get hired because I'm tall.
You talk about what a director, he was smart. He said, Turn the camera on!

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