Piter Falk

Piter Falk

TV's Columbo
He began his adult life as a cook with the merchant marine and, after acquiring a B.A. from the New School for Social Research and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University in public administration, became an efficiency expert for the Budget Bureau of the state of Connecticut. Bored with adding figures, he became interested in amateur dramatics and in 1955 turned professional with the encouragement of Eva Le Gallienne.He first gained attention in the off-Broadway production of `The Iceman Cometh,' which led to a busy career on Broadway and TV and in films. Adept at portraying Runyonesque hoodlums and big-city blue-collar characters, he won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a truck driver in the TV play `Price of Tomatoes' and three others for his title role as an eccentric detective in the popular `Columbo' series (1971---77; late 80s revivalplus several television movies based on the series in the late 80s and early 90s).Columbo on TV's NBC Sunday Mystery Movie. Falk appeared in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s and gave a memorable performance, as himself, in Wim Wenders's art-house success WINGS OF DESIRE (1988).He received Oscar nominations as best supporting actor for his work in the films Murder Inc. (1960) and Pocketful of Miracles (1961). In 1972 he won a Tony for his performance in Broadway's `The Prisoner of Second Avenue.' His characters derive added authenticity from his squinty gaze, the result of the loss of an eye at the age of three. Source: columbo-site.freeuk.com
You talk about what a director, he was smart. He said, Turn the camera on!More Piter Falk quotes [08/22/2011 07:08:43]
Usually, I get hired because I'm tall.More Piter Falk quotes [08/22/2011 07:08:38]
I did do my own stunts.More Piter Falk quotes [08/22/2011 06:08:59]
I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately.More Piter Falk quotes [08/22/2011 06:08:07]
I came to Hollywood and nobody knew me. I was on a coupla TV shows.More Piter Falk quotes [08/22/2011 06:08:51]

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