I basically never watch regular TV anymore. But way back before cable Mr. Falk was one of my favorite actors and Colombo was one of my all time favorite TV programs. He was such a talented man and he starred in one of the funniest movies around, "The In Laws" with Alan Arkin. He was an interesting man in his own right and unfortunately the last years of his life were not pleasant. He developed Alzheimers and died two days ago on 23 JUN 11. I truly miss his style of acting.
Here's a short bio section from his own website:
Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City on September 16, 1927 and raised in Ossining, New York. When he was twelve years old he made his first stage appearance in a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Camp High Point in upstate New York.This is a classic:
After graduating from Ossining High School, where he was a star athlete and president of his class, Falk served as a cook in the Merchant Marine, then studied at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he completed his work for a B.A. degree in political science at the New School for Social Research in 1951. He earned a Masters degree in public administration at Syracuse University in 1953.
After applying unsuccessfully for a job with the Central Intelligence Agency, he became a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau, in Hartford. In his spare time he acted with the Mark Twain Maskers in Hartford and studied at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, and for the first time began to consider the possibility of becoming a professional actor. In 1956 at the age of 29 he left his job with the Budget Bureau, moved to Greenwich Village in New York, and declared himself an actor.
I pray indeed, that you rest in peace, Peter.