15 best movies, the great Detective .. Peter Falk

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15.Griffin and Phoenix

Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ed Stone

Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone..

14.The Brink’s Job

Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1978

Directed by: William Friedkin

The Brink’s Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink’s..

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Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story

Peter Falk, Jill Clayburgh

Released: 1976

Directed by: Daryl Duke

Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story is a 1976 film directed by Daryl Duke…

12.Big Trouble

Alan Arkin, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Big Trouble is a 1986 American comedy film. It was director John Cassavetes’s last film. He took over from screenwriter Andrew Bergman. The cast reunited Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, co-..

11.Murder by Death

Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers,

10.Shark Tale

Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera

Released: 2004

Directed by: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman. The film features an..

9.Pocketful of Miracles

Ann-Margret, Bette Davis

Released: 1961

Directed by: Frank Capra

Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 American comedy film starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, and directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend is based on the..

8.Murder, Inc.

Peter Falk, Sarah Vaughan

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg, Burt Balaban

Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, and Simon Oakland. The Cinemascope movie was directed by Burt Balaban and…

7.It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of..

6.Roommates

Julianne Moore, William H. Macy

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Yates

Roommates is a 1995 American comedy-drama film, starring Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney and Julianne Moore, directed by Peter Yates. The original music score was composed by Elmer..

5.The Party

Peter Sellers, Peter Falk

Released: 1968

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Party is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet. The film has a very loose structure, and essentially serves as a series of set pieces for..

4.Robin and the Seven Hoods

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

Released: 1964

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Robin and the 7 Hoods is a 1964 American musical film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby. The picture features..

3.The Cheap Detective

Ann-Margret, James Cromwell

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Moore

The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore. It stars Peter Falk as Lou Peckinpaugh, a detective in the Humphrey..

2.Columbo:Troubled Waters

Peter Falk, Robert Vaughn

Released: 1975

Directed by: Ben Gazzara

Columbo:Troubled Waters is a 1975 crime/drama TV film written by William Driskill and directed..

1.The Princess Bride

Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the…
Peter Falk, in full Peter Michael Falk, (born September 16, 1927, New York, New York, U.S.—died June 23, 2011, Beverly Hills, California), American actor who was best known for his portrayal of the eccentric detective Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo (1971–78) and made-for-TV movies.

Falk grew up in Ossining, New York, and began acting while he was in high school. After being rejected from the armed services during World War II because he had a prosthetic eye (his cancerous right eye had been removed when he was three years old), he became a cook in the Merchant marine. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (1951) from the New School for Social Research and a master’s degree in public administration (1953) from Syracuse University. He became a management analyst with Connecticut’s state budget bureau but pursued acting as well, and eventually he decided to move to New York City to make acting his career.

In 1956 Falk began acting in Off-Broadway plays, and later that year he appeared on Broadway in Saint Joan and Diary of a Scoundrel. He started appearing on television in 1957, and he made his film debut in Wind Across the Everglades (1958). His first major role was as a contract killer in Murder, Inc. (1960), and he played the gangster Joy Boy in Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles (1961); he was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for both films. His other movies in the early 1960s included Pressure Point (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), and The Great Race (1965). At the same time Falk’s television work gained increasing notice, and he won his first Emmy Award for a 1962 performance in the anthology series The Dick Powell Show. He starred as the title defense attorney in the TV series The Trials of O’Brien (1965–66). Falk also won praise for his portrayal of Joseph Stalin in the Broadway play The Passion of Josef D. (1964).

Falk later starred with Burt Lancaster in Sidney Pollack’s Castle Keep (1969). He starred in several John Cassavetes movies, including the badly received Husbands (1970) and the harrowing A Woman Under the Influence (1974), and appeared in the murder-mystery spoof Murder by Death (1976). He was the grandfather-narrator in the popular comedy The Princess Bride (1987) and played himself in Wim Wenders’s Der Himmel über Berlin (1987; Wings of Desire). In addition, Falk originated the role of Mel Edison in the Broadway premiere of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971).

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