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Peter Michael Falk (1927 - 2011)

Peter Michael Falk
Born in New York City, New York, USAmap
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Husband of — married 17 Apr 1960 (to 28 May 1976) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
Died in Beverly Hills, California, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Apr 2015 | Last significant change: 17 Sep 2020
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Biography

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Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City in 1927. He was the son of Michael and Madeline (Hochhauser) Falk.[1][2][3] All four of his grandparents were born in Germany or Eastern Europe.[4][5]

Peter Falk had a recognizable squint which was due to him having a prosthetic eye after losing his right eye to cancer at the age of three.[6]

Peter briefly attended Hamilton College after high school, but dropped out to join the Armed Forces. He was denied admittance, though, due to his prosthetic eye, so he joined the Merchant Marines instead, as a cook. He later received his bachelor's degree from the New York School for Social Research in political science in 1951 and his master's degree from Syracuse University in public administration in 1953.[7][8][7]

Peter married Alyce Mayo in 1960 in Manhattan, New York.[9] They were divorced in 1976 after having two daughters. Peter married Shera L. Danese (Kaminski) in 1977 in Los Angeles.[10][11] The daughters and Shera did not get along and there were legal battles involved in allowing the daughters to see Peter near the end of his life.[8]

Peter became an actor in television and movies and was best known for his television role as Lieutenant Columbo. He is also well known for his role as the grandfather in the movie The Princess Bride.[8]

Peter Falk was the first actor to be nominated for an Emmy and an Oscar in the same year (1961) which were for his work in Murder, Inc. and The Law and Mr. Jones.[12] He won 5 Primetime Emmy Awards (in 1962, 1972, 1975, 1976, & 1990), 1 Golden Globe (1973), and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards (1961 & 1962).[13][8]

Peter Falk was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in December of 2008 and died June 23, 2011 at the age of 83.[12][14] He was buried in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California.[15][16][8]

Sources

  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K31Q-KGK : 13 December 2019), Peter Talk in household of Michael Talk, Ward 5, Ossining, Ossining Town, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-268, sheet 12A, line 22, family 273, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2811.
  2. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPZ-1716 : 15 March 2018), Peter Falk, 1951; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24TY-C7Q : 15 March 2018), Peter Falk, 1950; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M53Y-BQ4 : accessed 11 September 2020), Michael Falk in household of Louis Falk, Port Chester Ward 4, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 115, sheet 19A, family 375, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1092; FHL microfilm 1,375,105.
  5. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJBY-J8V : accessed 11 September 2020), Madeline Hochhauser in household of Peter Hochhauser, Manhattan Assembly District 16, New York, New York, United States; citing ED 1152, sheet 8A, line 7, family 170, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1215; FHL microfilm 1,821,215.
  6. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000393/bio
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.britannica.com/biography/Peter-Falk
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Post-Standard, The: Blogs (Syracuse, New York) 24 June 2011, obit for Peter Falk, 'Columbo' star and Syracuse University graduate, dies at 83, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/13C375A6909CCEC0-13C375A6909CCEC0 : accessed 11 September 2020)
  9. "New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLS5-1BSN : 19 June 2017), Peter Falk and Alyce Mayo, 1960, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States;Marriage, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, from Reclaim the Records, The NYC Marriage Index (http://www.nycmarriageindex.com : 2016); citing New York City Clerk's Office.
  10. "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V626-S5H : accessed 19 April 2015), Peter M Falk and Shera L Danese, 07 Dec 1977; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  11. "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPTM-N3M : 15 May 2014), Alyce C Mayo and Peter M Falk, May 1976; from "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles, California, Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://www.metv.com/lists/16-fascinating-facts-about-peter-falk-and-columbo
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Falk#Awards_and_nominations
  14. "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKW1-T2N : accessed 19 April 2015), Peter Michael Falk, 23 Jun 2011; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  15. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 September 2020), memorial page for Peter Falk (16 Sep 1927–23 Jun 2011), Find A Grave: Memorial #71906173, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  16. "BillionGraves Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KX1C-DCF : accessed 19 April 2015), Peter Falk, 23 Jun 2011; citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012).


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I'll always remember him in his brilliant role as 'Max', (Professor Fate's Renfield, if you will) in the all time classic comedy "The Great Race" (1960's). Lead cast: The Great Leslie: Tony Curtis; Miss Maggie DuBois: Natalie Wood; Professor Fate: Jack Lemmon; Max: Peter Falk; Hezekiah: Keenan Winn. The supporting cast throughout is equally impressive.
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