Peter Falk


Actor
Peter Falk

About

Also Known As
Peter Michael Falk
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
September 16, 1927
Died
June 23, 2011
Cause of Death
Alzheimer's Disease

Biography

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) an...

Family & Companions

Alyce Mayo
Wife
Married April 17, 1960; divorced in 1976.
Shera Lynn Danese
Wife
Actor. Married in 1977; separated in 1985; reconciled in 1987; made guest appearance on "Columbo" (1991).

Notes

Received the Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government on February 28, 1996

Biography

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 image as the perennially trenchcoat-clad curmudgeon was an enduring one; he was always ready with an endearing quip, and he became one of the most beloved television characters of all time.

Born Peter Michael Falk on Sept. 16, 1927 in New York City, he was raised in Ossining, NY. At age three, he earned his trademark squint after his right eye was removed due to a malignant tumor and replaced by a glass prosthetic. Falk received his first taste of the limelight at age 12 in a production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at a summer camp in upstate New York, but did not pursue acting until after college. A popular student and star athlete at Ossining High School, he served in the Merchant Marine before returning to New York and earning a degree in political science from the New School for Social Research in 1951. A Masters degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University followed in 1953, as did an unsuccessful bid to join the Central Intelligence Agency. Eventually, he settled into a job as a management analyst for the Connecticut State Budget Bureau. While serving the public sector, Falk was also treading the boards with the Mark Twain Maskers in Hartford and honing his craft with the White Barn Theatre in Westport. At age 29, he decided to pursue acting full time, moving to Greenwich Village. His debut as a professional actor came in 1956 with an off-Broadway production of "Don Juan;" his Broadway debut came soon after in "Saint Joan." The following year, he was part of the successful revival of "The Iceman Cometh" with Jason Robards, and remained active on the New York stage for the better part of the next three years.

Falk's agent at the time advised him about considering film and television, citing his glass eye as a detraction for casting agents, but by 1960, Falk had relocated to Los Angeles and delved wholeheartedly into the mediums. The results were exceptionally positive; he was landing regular work in low-budget features and episodic television almost immediately, picking up an Oscar nomination as real-life killer and mob informant Abe "Kid Twist" Reyes for "Murder, Inc." (1960) and an Emmy nomination as a drug addict on "The Law and Mr. Jones" (ABC, 1960-62). He repeated this astonishing feat a year later with an Oscar nod for the Frank Capra comedy "A Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), starring as the jittery right hand man to gangster Glenn Ford, and an Emmy win for "The Price of Tomatoes," which aired on "The Dick Powell Show" that same year. Falk became a fixture on television and in features for much of the early 1960s, and covered the gamut from drama, like "The Balcony" (1963), to comedies like "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1963) and "The Great Race" (1965), to even musicals, such as the Rat Pack feature "Robin and the Seven Hoods" (1964). He fielded several offers for his own television series during this period, before settling on a short-lived comedy-drama called "The Trials of O'Brien" (CBS, 1965-66), about an attorney with money problems.

Film work continued to come Falk's way, most notably "Machine Gun McCain" (1968), a violent, Italian-made crime drama co-starring John Cassavetes and his wife Gena Rowlands, and the WWII actioner "Anzio" (1968) with Robert Mitchum. That same year, Falk was tapped to play a shabby but keen-witted police detective named Columbo (no first name was ever given) in "Prescription" Murder" (1968), a TV movie based on a popular stage play. Lee J. Cobb and Bing Crosby had both been offered the project and rejected the role. Writers Richard Levinson and William Link both considered Falk too young for the part, but the actor's portrayal - a subtle mix of distraction and disorganization ("Just one more thing ") that hid a razor-sharp intellect with a gift for noticing even the smallest of details - resulted in a ratings smash. A second "Columbo" mystery, "Ransom for a Dead Man," was ordered in 1971, and a series, titled "Columbo," became one of three rotating shows that aired on "The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie" from 1971-77. The series' trademarks - Falk's wry performance, combined with sharp writing and an exceptional guest cast that included some of the best and most respected performers in Hollywood - made the show a perennial favorite during its network run, netting Falk four Emmys and a Golden Globe. It also made him an exceptionally wealthy man. His salary at the end of its network run was reportedly a quarter of a million dollars per episode, but he wisely refused to shoot more than a few episodes per season in order to keep active in other projects.

Falk returned to Broadway in 1971 for Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," and later gave remarkably funny performances as a faux Humphrey Bogart in two noir parodies written by Simon, 1976's "Murder By Death" and 1978's "The Cheap Detective." He was also the comic highlight of William Friedkin's ill-fated "The Brink's Job" (1978) and was paired brilliantly with Alan Arkin for Arthur Hiller's "The In-Laws" (1979), about a rogue CIA agent (Falk) who enlists his future brother-in-law (Arkin) to help topple a South American dictator prior to their children's wedding. But Falk also kept his dramatic edge sharp, most notably in Cassavetes' unforgiving "Husbands" (1970) and the devastating "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974), in which he held his own as the husband of Gena Rowlands' slowly unraveling housewife. Falk was also solid in the lesser-known "Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story" (1976), a TV movie about two terminally ill patients who fall for each other, and "Mikey and Nicky" (1976), a mob drama with Cassavetes, directed by Elaine May.

Falk remained inactive on screen for much of the early 1980s, though he was busy on stage with a touring production of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1986. That same year, he reunited with Cassavetes and Arkin in "Big Trouble," the long-awaited sequel to "The In-Laws," but the troubled project failed to ignite the same comic sparks. By the late-1980s, Falk was busier than ever; he returned to "Columbo" for a string of successful TV movies, and won another Emmy in 1990 for "Columbo: Agenda for Murder," as well as three Golden Globe nominations for subsequent features. He remained exceptionally popular on film as well; young arthouse audiences were charmed by his appearance as himself, albeit an ex-angel, in Wim Wenders' popular "Wings of Desire" (1987), and children (and adults) everywhere wanted him as their grandfather after seeing him as the narrator of Rob Reiner's lovely fantasy "The Princess Bride" (1987). Falk soon settled into a combination of these roles - a sort of heavenly father figure with a New York attitude - for much of his subsequent projects, including "Cookie" (1987), as a lovable gangster; "Tune in Tomorrow" (1990), as an eccentric radio actor, and "Roommates" (1995), as a charming grandfather, and so on. But there were still standout performances, including a smart but crooked bookie in "Vig" (1998), an angry older man who comes to terms with his own racism in Robert Wise's TV adaptation of Rod Serling's "A Storm in Summer" (2000), which earned Falk a Daytime Emmy nomination; and "Lakeboat" (2000), which marked Joe Mantegna's debut as director.

Falk, who remained busy on stage during this period with a sold-out run of Arthur Miller's "Mr. Peter's Connections" in 1998 and "Defiled," which did similar box office business in Los Angeles in 2000, was a fixture on television and in films in the early 21st century. The "Columbo" movies rolled on with no signs of stopping or slowing, and Falk was seen in Jon Favreau's comedy "Made" (2001), as well as developed a second, smaller franchise as a Christmas angel named Max in three holiday TV movies: "A Town Without Christmas," which was the highest-rated TV movie of 2001; "Finding John Christmas" (2003), and "When Angels Come to Town" (2004). He lent his distinctive voice to a shark mobster in "Shark Tale" (2004), and was paired nicely with Paul Reiser and Olympia Dukakis in the bittersweet comedy "The Thing About My Folks" (2005). In 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious David Di Donatello Awards in Italy, and earned similar laurels from several state film festivals, as well as the Method Fest in 2003. In 2006, he penned an autobiography, Just One More Thing: Stories from My Life.

Married twice - to Alice May from 1960 to 1976, and then to actress Shera Danese-Falk, who appeared in several "Columbo" movies, from 1977 onward - Falk was the father of two daughters, one of whom was, ironically, a private investigator. He also developed a side career as an artist, which began through pencil sketches in between takes. His charcoal sketches and watercolors received critical acclaim and a gallery showing in Rome in 2004. The actor remained generally low profile as he hit his eighties, appearing in a small role in the Nicholas Cage thriller "Next" in 2007, while the following year, fans were saddened to hear that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Falk's condition was reclassified as full-blown dementia the following spring, when news of a battle over his conservatorship hit newspapers. In the contentious court drama, Falk's years-younger wife, Shera Danese, maintained that Falk and daughter Catherine were estranged and questioned the daughter's financial motives for wanting control of his affairs. Meanwhile, daughter Catherine claimed that her stepmother had willfully been preventing her from seeing her father for several years; that her only motive was wanting to spend time with the ailing father with whom she had shared a close relationship for years. In June 2009, Shera Danese Falk was appointed as her husband's conservator. The actor eventually succumbed to his illness on June 23, 2011 at his Beverly Hills home. He was 83 years old.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

American Cowslip (2009)
Three Days to Vegas (2008)
Next (2007)
Checking Out (2006)
The Thing About My Folks (2005)
Cast
Shark Tale (2004)
When Angels Come to Town (2004)
Finding John Christmas (2003)
Wilder Days (2003)
Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)
A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2001)
Himself
Made (2001)
Corky Romano (2001)
Columbo: Murder With Too Many Notes (2001)
A Town Without Christmas (2001)
Undisputed (2001)
Lakeboat (2000)
A Storm in Summer (2000)
Enemies of Laughter (2000)
Paul'S Father
Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998)
Pronto (1997)
The Sunshine Boys (1997)
Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)
Himself
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995)
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Performer
Roommates (1995)
Columbo: Undercover (1994)
Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey (1994)
Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993)
Faraway, So Close (1993)
Himself
The Player (1992)
Himself
No Time to Die (1992)
Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (1992)
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991)
Death Hits the Jackpot (1991)
Lieutenant Columbo
Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991)
Murder in Malibu (1990)
Plates (1990)
In the Spirit (1990)
Roger Flan
Columbo Cries Wolf (1990)
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990)
Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990)
Lieutenant Columbo
Tune In Tomorrow (1990)
Columbo Goes to College (1990)
Lieutenant Columbo
Motion and Emotion (1990)
Himself
Agenda for Murder (1990)
Lieutenant Columbo
Murder: A Self-Portrait (1989)
Lieutenant Columbo
Cookie (1989)
Grand Deceptions (1989)
Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989)
Lieutenant Columbo
Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)
Lieutenant Columbo
Sex and the Married Detective (1989)
Vibes (1988)
Happy New Year (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Grandfather
Wings of Desire (1987)
Himself
Wings of Desire (1987)
Self
Big Trouble (1985)
. . . All the Marbles (1981)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Tramp
The In-Laws (1979)
Vince Ricardo
The Brink's Job (1978)
Columbo: The Conspirators (1978)
Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
Opening Night (1977)
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Mikey
Murder By Death (1976)
Griffin and Phoenix (1976)
Geoffrey Griffin
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Nick Longhetti
Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)
Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972)
The Politics Film (1972)
Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Husbands (1970)
Archie
Machine Gun McCain (1970)
Charlie Adamo
Castle Keep (1969)
Sergeant Rossi
Anzio (1968)
Corporal Rabinoff
Luv (1967)
Milt Manville
Penelope (1966)
Lieutenant Bixbee
Italiano brava gente (1965)
Medical captain
The Great Race (1965)
Max
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Guy Gisborne
The Balcony (1963)
Police chief
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
2d cab driver
The Bloody Brood (1962)
Nico
Pressure Point (1962)
Young psychiatrist
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Joy Boy
Murder, Inc. (1960)
[Abe] Reles
The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)
Tom Webber
Pretty Boy Floyd (1960)
Shorty Walters
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)
Writer

Writer (Feature Film)

Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)
Executive Producer
Columbo: Murder With Too Many Notes (2001)
Executive Producer
Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998)
Executive Producer
Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997)
Executive Producer
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995)
Executive Producer
Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey (1994)
Executive Producer
Columbo: Undercover (1994)
Executive Producer
Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993)
Executive Producer
No Time to Die (1992)
Executive Producer
Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (1992)
Executive Producer
Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991)
Co-Executive Producer
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991)
Co-Executive Producer
Death Hits the Jackpot (1991)
Executive Producer
Agenda for Murder (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Columbo Goes to College (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Murder in Malibu (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Columbo Cries Wolf (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Sex and the Married Detective (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Murder: A Self-Portrait (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Grand Deceptions (1989)
Co-Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2001)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other
Motion and Emotion (1990)
Other

Cast (Special)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2004)
The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Pleshette (2002)
The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television (2000)
Peter Falk: Just One More Thing (2000)
Anything For John (1999)
The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame (1996)
The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994)
Presenter
46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994)
Presenter
TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special (1993)
1991 Emmy Awards (1991)
Performer
John Cassavetes (1990)
42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret (1990)
47th Annual Golden Globes (1989)
Performer
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards (1989)
Performer
Clue: Movies, Murder and Mystery (1986)
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Performer
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years (1980)
Scared Straight! (1978)
Host
Brigadoon (1966)
The Million Dollar Incident (1961)
Sammy

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Lost World (2001)
Reverend Theo Kerr
Vig (1998)

Life Events

1945

Joined the Merchant Marines as a cook

1952

Worked as an efficiency expert for Budget Bureau of the State of Connecticut

1956

Made Broadway debut playing an English soldier in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan"

1956

Professional Off-Broadway debut in Molière's "Don Juan" at the Fourth Street Theatre

1957

Cast in the Circle in the Square's highly successful revival of "The Iceman Cometh" with Jason Robards

1958

Film acting debut in Nicholas Ray's "Wind Across the Everglades"

1960

Received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in "Murder, Inc."

1961

Earned an Emmy nomination for appearing in the "Cold Turkey" episode of James Whitmore's "The Law and Mr. Jones" (ABC)

1961

Co-starred with Glenn Ford in "Pocketful of Miracles"; earned second Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1963

Played a cab driver in the all-star comedy film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1964

Appeared opposite members of the Rat Pack in the crime spoof, "Robin and the 7 Hoods"

1964

Portrayed Stalin in the Broadway production of "The Passion of Josef D."

1965

Co-starred in the Blake Edwards farce "The Great Race" with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

1965

Played the title role in his debut TV series, "The Trials of O'Brien"

1968

First appearance as Lt. Columbo in the TV-movie "Prescription: Murder"

1970

First of four appearances in films directed by John Cassavetes, "Husbands"

1971

Played the absent-minded police detective, Lt. Columbo in the long-running TV series "Columbo" (NBC)

1971

Returned to Broadway for Neil Simon's play, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"; directed by Mike Nichols

1972

Co-starred with Stockard Channing in Neil Simon's play "The Cheap Detective"

1974

Re-teamed with director John Cassavetes for "A Woman Under the Influence"

1979

Co-starred with Alan Arkin in the comedy "The In-Laws"

1986

Featured in the national touring company of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" playing shady real-estate salesman, Shelley Levine

1987

Played an ex-angel in Win Wenders' "Wings of Desire"

1987

Played the beloved grandfather in Rob Reiner's fantasy film "The Princess Bride"

1989

Reprised the role of Lt. Columbo for a long-running series of 2-hour ABC TV-movies; also co-executive produced and sometimes wrote

1997

Appeared with Woody Allen in the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play "The Sunshine Boys" (CBS)

1998

Returned to the stage to star in Arthur Miller's "Mr. Peter's Connections" at the Signature Theatre in New York

1999

Appeared in Joe Mantegna's directorial debut, "Lakeboat," which also starred Joe Mantegna, Andy Garcia and John Turturo

2000

Featured in the mobster drama "Made," opposite Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn

2001

Co-starred in the two-part miniseries adaptation of the classic "The Lost World" with Bob Hoskins (aired on the BBC and A&E Networks)

2003

Appeared in the final Columbo TV-movie, "Columbo Likes The Nightlife" on ABC

2004

Provided the voice of Don Brizzi in the animated film "Sharktale"

2005

Played Paul Reiser's father in "The Thing About My Folks"; also written and produced by Reiser

2007

Featured in the thriller "Next" with Nicolas Cage

2008

Final film appearance, playing a family priest in "American Cowslip"

Photo Collections

The In-Laws - Movie Poster
The In-Laws - Movie Poster
The Cheap Detective - Movie Poster
The Cheap Detective - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Mikey And Nicky (1976) — (Movie Clip) You Would Have To Hire An Army Calmer and higher ranking Philadelphia gangster Mikey (Peter Falk) has convinced his childhood pal Nicky (John Cassavetes), who thinks he’s about to get whacked, to leave the hotel where’s he’s holed up, but we’ve no idea who Ned Beatty is, or who he’s talking to, in writer-director Elaine May’s Mikey And Nicky, 1976.
Mikey And Nicky (1976) — (Movie Clip) Maybe They’ll Forget About Me The second scene in the picture and the first with the principals (Peter Falk, John Cassavetes) together, writer-director Elaine May details just how freaked out small-time Philadelphia gangster Nicky is, believing he’s about to be killed, and why he’s called his life-long friend and colleague Mikey, in Mikey And Nicky, 1976.
Mikey And Nicky (1976) — (Movie Clip) Open, I’m In A Phone Booth Intense, baffling and irresistible opening from writer-director Elaine May, introducing her two title characters, John Cassavetes as Nicky and Peter Falk as Mikey, with substantial obfuscation, in the controversial, rarely-seen, intimate gangster drama that nearly ended her career, Mikey And Nicky, 1976.
Cookie (1989) - Angelo And Vinnie Brought You? Director Susan Seidelman working on location in star Peter Falk’s home town (Sing Sing prison in Osinning, New York) for his first scene, as mobster Dino explaining to his very estranged daughter (Emily Lloyd, title character) why he sent his lawyers to her misdemeanor trial, Tony LaFortezza as goon Angelo, Thomas Quinn driving, in Cookie, 1989.
Cookie (1989) - Like We're A Normal Family After 15 years hard time mobster Dino (Peter Falk) rejoins his nervous mistress Lenore (Dianne Wiest) and their troublesome daughter (Emily Lloyd, title character), in Cookie, 1989, directed by Susan Seidelman from the original script by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen.
Wings Of Desire (1987) - Open, When The Child Was A Child Spoken by Bruno Ganz as an angel called Damiel, composed by screenwriter Peter Handke and director Wim Wenders, the words are original though they suggest 1: Corinthians 13, the otherwise ethereal opening to the international hit Wings Of Desire, 1987, (the German title closer to Heaven Over Berlin), soaring over the then-divided city.
Wings Of Desire (1987) - If Grandma Was Here Cutting from a plane over Berlin, another look at Bruno Ganz as (invisible) angel Damiel, as he sees and hears the thoughts of Peter Falk on board, sort-of playing himself, his narration mostly extemporized, after the shoot, in an L-A sound booth, guided by director Wim Wenders back in Germany, then observes other Berliners, early in Wings Of Desire, 1987.
Great Race, The (1965) - The Great Leslie Opening scenes from director Blake Edwards, establishing his live-action cartoon approach, Tony Curtis introduced as "The Great Leslie," Jack Lemmon as his rival "Professor Fate," Peter Falk his aide Max, in The Great Race, 1965.
Great Race, The (1965) - I Never Mix My Pies Jack Lemmon in two roles, first as Professor Fate impersonating the prince, later as the prince, with the general (George MacReady), Leslie (Tony Curtis), Maggie (Natalie Wood), Max (Peter Falk), Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) et al, in Blake Edwards' famous pie fight, from The Great Race, 1965.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) - Opening, God Bless Everybody Complex opening sequence from Frank Capra's last feature, Pocketful of Miracles, 1961, introducing Bette Davis as "Apple Annie," now a period piece, set in 1930 New York, but also a remake of Capra's own Lady For A Day, 1933, both based on a Damon Runyon story.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) - Little People Peter Falk (as "Joy Boy") is bantering with Junior (Mickey Shaughnessy) as Annie (Bette Davis) awaits the entrance of Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford), then Hope Lange, in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles 1961, from a Damon Runyon story.
Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964) - Big Jim Was A Schmendrick The opening featuring an un-billed Edward G. Robinson, none of the Rat Pack guys, and fourth-billed Peter Falk as spoofy Chicago thug Guy Gisborne, his name of course derived from Robin Hood, the general idea behind the Frank Sinatra-produced musical Robin And The 7 Hoods, 1964.

Trailer

Family

Michael Falk
Father
Store owner. Owned a clothing and dry goods store in Ossining, New York.
Madeline Falk
Mother
Store owner, accountant, buyer. Owned a clothing and dry goods store in Ossining, New York.
Jackie Falk
Daughter
Born in 1962 mother, Alyce Mayo.
Kathyrn Falk
Daughter
Born in 1971; mother, Alyce Mayo; sued parents in 1992 over claims they promised to pay for her education at Syracuse University and then wanted her to transfer to a Los Angeles college for family counseling; suit settled out of court allowing her to remain at Syracuse University; in 1996 was working for private investigator in L.A.

Companions

Alyce Mayo
Wife
Married April 17, 1960; divorced in 1976.
Shera Lynn Danese
Wife
Actor. Married in 1977; separated in 1985; reconciled in 1987; made guest appearance on "Columbo" (1991).

Bibliography

Notes

Received the Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government on February 28, 1996