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Peter Michael Falk is an Emmy Award-winning American actor best known for his television role as Lt. Columbo.
Beginning in Off Broadway productions, Falk?s first movie role was ‘Murder Incorporated’ in 1960, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. That same year he was nominated for an Emmy playing a drug addict in ‘The Law and Mr. Jones’. Frank Capra?s ‘A Pocketful of Miracles’ was Falk?s second feature in 1961 and with it, his second Oscar nomination. Also that year he won an Emmy for ‘The Price of Tomatoes’.
The now famous character Lt. Columbo started out as a role for Falk in the TV movie ‘Prescription: Murder’ (1968), and in 1971, ‘Ransom for a Dead Man’ followed. These movies resulted in a TV series that climbed to the top five in the Nielson Ratings. Though the series ended in 1977, it began shooting again in 1988 in the format of 2-hour TV movies. Falk returned to Broadway in 1971 for ‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue’, for which he received a Tony Award. Falk also starred in ‘Murder by Death’, ‘The Cheap Detective’, and ‘The Sunshine Boys’. He?s also known for his roles in ‘The In-Laws’ and ‘The Princess Bride’. Falk continues to perform on stage, in films and as Columbo.
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