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  • Peter Falk

    Born on December 31, 1969 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

Columbo (1971)

Peter Falk as "Lt. Columbo"

"Columbo" isn't the typical detective whodunit TV show. On most detective shows, viewers don't know who committed the crime until the detective pieces the clues together and figures it out. On this show, however, viewers see the crime unfold at the beginning of most episodes, including who the perpetrator is. The mystery and fun for viewers is trying to spot the clues that will lead Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) to discover the culprit and watching the tricks he uses to get a confession. Episodes of "Columbo" were movie-length and ran sporadically on multiple networks during its run.

Emmy (Primetime) (1994) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1991) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1991) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Emmy (Primetime) (1990) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1978) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Emmy (Primetime) (1977) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1976) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1975) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1973) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1972) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie

Columbo (1968)

Peter Falk as "Lt. Columbo"

Dr. Ray Flemming (Gene Barry) is a psychologist with a wealthy wife (Nina Foch). One night, at the couple's anniversary party, Ray receives a call from his patient and mistress, Joan (Katherine Justice). Ray's wife suspects that the two are having an affair and threatens to divorce him. Ray and Joan conspire to kill Ray's wife, with Joan providing the alibi. The pair are sure they've gotten away with their crime until Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) starts sniffing around.

Emmy (Primetime) (1975) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Emmy (Primetime) (1974) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Peter Falk as "Joy Boy"

Beggar Apple Annie (Bette Davis) learns that her daughter, escorted by an aristocratic suitor, plans to visit. It's great news -- except that she has tricked her daughter into believing she is a wealthy socialite. Fearing her true identity will disappoint, Annie petitions a superstitious mobster (Glenn Ford), who thinks the apples she sells are lucky, for help. Hesitant at first, the mafioso is persuaded by his girlfriend (Hope Lange) to disguise Annie, if only long enough to fool her daughter.

Academy Award (1961) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

Murder, Inc. (1960)

Peter Falk as "Abe Reles"

Looking to make money and bolster his street cred, Abe Reles (Peter Falk) goes to work for New York City racketeer Louis "Lepke" Bucholter. Along with fellow thug Bug Workman (Warren Finnerty), Abe uses his ties to married entertainers Joey (Stuart Whitman) and Eadie Collins (May Britt) to close in on a murder target. But after the hit, prosecutor Burton Turkus (Henry Morgan) elicits key testimony from Joey and Eadie, forcing Abe to either accept a jail term or incriminate his dangerous boss.

Academy Award (1960) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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