Hollywood Hills News
Peter Falk Honored With Walk Of Fame Star
By Chet Kincaid
Jul 27, 2013 - 8:56:42 AM

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, July 25, the late Peter Falk was posthumously honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Falk, best known for his role as a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective on "Columbo," received the 2,503rd star.


The ceremony took place at 11:30 p.m. on 6654 Hollywood Blvd. Falk was to receive his star in 1991, but time did not permit proper scheduling for an installation ceremony.

Joe Mantegna accepts Hollywood honor on behalf on Peter Falk.


Many of Falk's peers were present to celebrate the occasion: Ron Perlman, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Dick Van Dyke, Ed Begley, Jr., Dan Lauria and Joe Mantegna. Joe Mantegna accepted the honor on behalf of Falk.


"The only way we could have gotten him here, would have been to tell him he had to do extensive rehearsals for it," said Mantegna.


"They can walk down this boulevard and glance down and say 'Hey, I know that actor. He's the one that made me laugh, made me cry, made me think.' The star is not for you Peter, it's for them, your fans." said a proud Mantegna.


Falk was born in New York City on September 16, 1927. His first taste of acting was at the age of 12 in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Camp High Point.


He attended Ossining High School In Westchester County. After high school, Falk enrolled in Hamilton College for a brief time before joining the Merchant Marine for one and half years. Falk would immediately return to Hamilton College upon his completion of his time with the Merchant Marine.


After more years of schooling, which included Syracuse University, Falk was still unsure of his life path. He applied to the CIA and was rejected. It was his tardiness during his days as a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau that lead him to acting for good.


On January 3, 1956, Falk earned his first professional role in the Off-Broadway production of Molière's "Dom Juan." That same year he made his Broadway debut in Alexander Ostrovsky's "Diary of a Scoundrel."

Falk would perform in many films and television shows before taking on the role of Lieutenant Columbo, his most famed character. The show aired between the years of 1968 and 2003 and also produced 69 episodes.


Falk received a total of 10 Emmy nominations for the role, four of them in which he took home the statue for. He earned many other accolade nominations throughout his career that included 48 films and 21 television shows. Falk passed away on June, 23, 2011, at the age of 83.

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