The Untold Truth of Peter Falk – Is He Dead or Still Alive?

Most people who were old enough to enjoy a good show between the late 60s and the early 2000s should be familiar with the legendary Lieutenant Columbo, perfectly portrayed by Peter Falk. The actor was greatly lauded throughout his over 5-decade acting career. Among other things, he bagged two Oscar nominations, 5 Emmy Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. Back in 1961, he made history as the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year: a feat he pulled off the following year. In 2013, Falk was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

What became of the vintage cigar-enthusiast detective; where is he now and what has he been up to? If you are one of those asking such questions, then keep reading to get all the facts of the matter.

Peter Falk’s Fact Sheet

Peter Falk’s Childhood

The legendary actor is remembered for living an accomplished life; he had a job he loved, a fine wife and lovely children. Money was also not an issue for the talented actor whose net worth was about $14 million. However, beneath the glamour he portrayed like most celebrities, Peter Falk was a fighter and had been for most of his life.

At the tender age of 3, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor that led to surgery which resulted in the removal of one of his eyes. Barely a child, he had to deal with growing up with only one good eye as the other was replaced with a glass eye. Contrary to what many people would have done, Falk did not allow the issue to put a dent on his childhood. The actor even joked about the fact that he once used his glass eye to taunt the umpire during a game when he was in high school.

In all, Peter Falk had a pretty decent childhood and his high school years were also fulfilling. Aside from taking part in sporting events, he became a class president in his senior year.

How He Became An Actor

According to the late actor, he was just 12 years old when he first appeared on stage. As a young man, Peter Falk tried his hands at a number of things. This ranged from trying to enlist with the army to working with the Marine and the CIA, before becoming a Management Analyst. However, he abandoned every other endeavor in 1956 to focus on being an actor.

In the same year, he debuted on Broadway and gradually became successful on stage. Nonetheless, his efforts to make the move to film and television were almost frustrated by some rejections he encountered due to his false eye. He was once told by a theatrical agent to not have high hopes because of it. Despite the rejections, however, Peter Falk was able to land some small roles until 1960, when he played the supporting role in Murder, Inc. that marked his breakthrough in the industry.

Summary of His Personal Life

It is known that the actor married his first wife the same year he got his big break. Yeah, he married Alyce Mayo in 1960, with whom he adopted his two children named Catherine and Jackie Falk.

Peter Falk
Peter Falk and Shera Danese: Image Source

Unfortunately, he and Mayo got divorced in 1976 and he married Shera Danese in 1977, a colleague he met on the set of Columbus. Danese remained his wife for the rest of his life.

What Actually Caused Peter Falk’s Death?

As we have already established from the foregoing, Peter Falk has passed on. Towards the last decade of his life, it was heavily rumored that the actor was battling dementia. In 2008, barely two years after his memoir ”Just One More Thing” was published, pictures of him behaving erratically made the rounds and validated prior reports about him being ill mentally.

The rumors were eventually confirmed by the end of that year when an official report which stated that the actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was released. In June of the following year, his doctor confirmed that his condition had progressed into Dementia, and Danese was appointed as her husband’s legal guardian. Sadly, the actor died two years later, on the 23rd day of June 2011. He passed on in his Beverly Hills home, with Alzheimer’s listed as the underlying cause.

Fact Check: We strive for accuracy and fairness, if you've found a possible error, be it factual, editorial or something that needs updating, please contact us
Obianuju Okafor
Obianuju Okafor
With over 4 years of experience as a lifestyle and celebrity news content developer, Obianuju keeps her insights fresh by following up on the latest pop culture news and trends. When she's not working, she's likely still reading or watching the most interesting stuff online

Recommended

What is Chanel West Coast’s Net Worth, and Does She Have a Boyfriend or Husband?

Chanel West Coast can be described as an actress and TV show host but that would only be a tiny part of her resume....

Is Casey Cott In a Relationship, What is His Sexuality and Why Does He Play Gay Roles?

From great stars like Tom Hanks on Philadelphia to Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, there have been many great actors that have played gay...

Who Was Bert Kish? The Life and Death of Multi-Talented ‘Longmire’ Editor

Talent, hard work, and creativity are some of the secrets that make for a long-lasting legacy in the entertainment industry. Famous director and filmmaker,...

Lauren Holly’s Net Worth and The Real Reason The Hot Actress Left NCIS

A Canadian-American actress of repute, Lauren Holly became famous for TV series such as Picket Fences, NCIS, and Motive. The Hollywood star has also made appearances in a...

Everything We Know About Jay Z’s Height, Weight and Body Measurements

Jay Z is an accomplished rapper by many standards; not only does he have one of the most impressive physical attributes and body measurements...

Featured Today

Is Ashley McBryde Married and Is She Related To Martina McBride?

One artist from the recent crop of country music stars to be making waves around the world is Ashley McBryde, a multiple Grammy Award-nominated...

7 QVC Hosts Who Either Left or Were Fired

Since the mid-1980s, QVC has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world with their incredible home shopping show. The channel has over the years...

A Closer Look at Pat Sajak’s Wife, Kids and Why People Think He Is Gay

There are not many more people on American television that are more famous than Pat Sajak, a former weatherman who became the longest-running host...

Who is Antonio Garza and What Exactly is Her Gender, A Boy or a Girl?

The American beauty enthusiast and makeup artist, Antonio Garza, has become one of the most prominent social media influencers out there and no doubt...

Is Alison Victoria Married? What Is She Known For and What Is Her Net Worth?

Designer extraordinaire, charismatic TV host, savvy businesswoman, wife, and mom; these are just a few of the hats that Alison Victoria expertly juggles. This...
Fact Check

We strive for fairness and accuracy, if you've found a possible error or something that needs updating, please contact us

Related Stories