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|Also Known As:||Peter Michael Falk||Died:||June 23, 2011|
|Born:||September 16, 1927||Cause of Death:||Alzheimer's disease|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor producer artist TV director writer efficiency expert cook|
Permanently enshrined in the hearts of television viewers and mystery fans for his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of the savvy Lt. Columbo, actor-director-producer Peter Falk was a much-admired star of television, film and stage for over half a century. Falk brought streetwise energy to his comic roles, which included his Oscar-nominated turn in "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961) and the enduring cult favorite "The In-Laws" (1979), but could also be searingly intense in dramas, as he proved in a string of films for his close friend, independent filmmaker John Cassavetes, including "Husbands" (1970) and "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974). After reviving "Columbo" for a string of successful television movies in the late 1980s, he remained a fixture in television movies and feature films, which frequently tapped his boundless charm to play wise grandparents and even the occasional angel. His later struggles with Alzheimer's disease and the family turmoil that surrounded his conservatorship could not diminish the image of Falk as the perennially trenchcoat-clad curmudgeon, always ready with an endearing quip, who became one of the most beloved television characters of all time.
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