Peter Falk

Peter Falk: The Essential Films & Performances

Peter Falk died ten years ago today, and he remains as adored as ever. During the darkest days of the pandemic, it seemed like everyone was finding comfort in rewatches of “Columbo”; in a terrifying world, it was reassuring to know that however tricky the case Falk’s disheveled detective was facing, he was sure to solve it by the time the end credits rolled.
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Romania asked Peter Falk to help prevent an uprising after the country ran out of Columbo episodes

Over the past year of hibernation, many viewers have rediscovered the joy of watching Columbo. The landmark 1970s TV mystery series starred Peter Falk in his multiple-Emmy-winning role as a raincoat-wearing, cigar-smoking detective who always had just one more question. The show was also popular in the time of its original airing, where it rotated on the NBC Mystery Movie schedule and featured an array of dazzling murderous guest stars like Janet Leigh, Leonard Nimoy, and John Cassavetes.
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Peter Falk admitted that one form of acting gave him an ''anxiety attack''

The year 1972 had its ups and down for the Columbo star. In February 1972, Peter Falk was riding on a high. His new television series Columbo was garnering acclaim, viewers, and diehard fans. It's first season was wrapping up with an episode directed by Falk himself, "Blueprint for Murder." It was his first time sitting in the director's chair.

Peter Falk subtly said goodbye directly to the camera in this Columbo episode

"This far and no further" was not exactly true. If the Columbo episode "The Conspirators" feels a little different, there is a good reason. The plot of the episode — which sees the detective swept up into the world of gunrunning, Irish politics and the IRA — was originally conceived as a pilot episode for some other unnamed television series by Pat Robison. Screenwriter Howard Berk wedged Lt. Columbo into the script and the story became the intended finale for Columbo.