The 18 Greatest Peter Falk Memories

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Actor Peter Falk died on June 22, 2011. Sadly, the world lost an extraordinary talent. Falk's career spanned many decades. While best known, perhaps, for his role on the classic TV series 'Columbo,' He won multiple Emmys and a Golden Globe for is portrayal of the hapless Lt. Columbo. Falk also had several memorable movie roles and garnered Oscar nominations for 'Murder Inc.' and 'Pocketful of Miracles.' Check out some of the greatest Peter Falk memories.



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    The In-Laws

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    Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are comedic gold as f*ture family members in 1979's 'The In-Laws.'

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    The Princess Bride

    In a role that literally introduced Peter Falk to a whole new legion of fans, the actor portrayed the gruff grandfather in 1987's 'The Princess Bride.' To introduce the story, he explains to his grandson that in his day, "television was called books."

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    Dean Martin Roast

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    In this hilarious clip, Peter Falk roasts his friend Dean Martin, in full-out Columbo mode.

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    Just One More Thing

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    Classic. No one, absolutely NO one, could utter this line better than Peter Falk. Don't ever underestimate Columbo's powers of deduction.

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    The Cheap Detective

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    Falk's performance in 1978's 'The Cheap Detective' is just one of many memorable big screen moments. Some of his best comedy work came in these classic 1970s films.

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    The Great Race

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    If you haven't seen 1965's comedy-caper movie 'The Great Race,' you must. Peter Falk is hysterically funny as the dastardly Maximilian Meen!

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    Interviews

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    Peter Falk gave some great interviews over the years. In this particular interview, he talks about working with director John Cassavetes and his fellow actors (Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper) in 1974's 'A Woman Under the Influence.'

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    Honoring Frank Capra at AFI

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    Peter Falk honors legendary director Frank Capra as he receives the 10th AFI Life Achievement Award in 1982. Falk worked with Capra in one of his earliest films, 1961's 'Pocketful of Miracles.' Falk's role as Joy Boy in the movie earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

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    Mikey and Nicky

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    This is a great scene from the (vastly underrated) 1976 Elaine May comedy movie 'Mikey and Nicky.' Yet another example of Peter Falk at his absolute best.

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    The In-Laws: Coffee Shop Scene

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    In this classic scene from the action-comedy 'The In-Laws,' Falk, as businessman Vince Ricardo, takes mild-mannered dentist Sheldon (Alan Arkin) on one wild adventure. This is way, way more than Sheldon bargained for - his concerns about his f*ture in-laws are certainly valid. Hilarious!

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    The Dean Martin Show

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    Peter Falk's appearance on 'The Dean Martin Show' was certainly memorable. In this skit, he's playing opposite Martin and the late, great, Paul Lynde!

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    The Balcony

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    1963's 'The Balcony' was one of Peter Falk's earlier film roles. Falk plays the pivotal role of the Police Detective, opposite Shelly Winters as the Madame.

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    A Woman Under the Influence

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    Peter Falk's role in John Cassavetes' classic 1974 drama 'A Woman Under the Influence' was phenomenal. Falk portrayed Nick Longhetti, a man struggling to come to terms with his wife's mental illness.

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    Columbo

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    Peter Falk's portrayal of bumbling homicide detective Lt. Columbo was television gold. Falk played 'Columbo' in 68 total episodes, from 1971 until 2003.

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    Murder By Death

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    Falk's role in the 1976 comedy-mystery 'Murder By Death' produced some of his best comedic moments.

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    Murder Inc.

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    Peter Falk's breakout role in 1960's 'Murder Inc.' earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. His portrayal of hired killer Abe Reles was straight out of the Brando era.

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    Made

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    Falk's portrayal of mafia boss Max in Jon Favreau's 2001 film 'Made' was certainly memorable.

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    Kevin Pollak Does Columbo

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    Is there any doubt that Peter Falk's Columbo was influential? No. Kevin Pollak does a great Lt. Columbo impression in this clip.

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