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U.S. actor Peter Falk honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star posthumously [China Economic Information Service (Xinhua)]

July 25, 2013


U.S. actor Peter Falk honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star posthumously

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Award-winner actor Peter Falk, who was best known for portraying a homicide detective in the iconic detective series "Columbo," posthumously received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

The actor received the 2,503rd star during a simple and brief ceremony held near the one in honor of his longtime friend Joe Mantegna, who accepted Falk's star on his behalf.

"I hope you'll forgive my selfishness, Peter, but when I was asked where we'd like your (star) to be placed, I felt this was the one chance I'd have to be between two of my idols," a visibly moved Mantegna said, referring to the stars in honor of Falk and Errol Flynn, respectively.

Falk never scheduled an event to accept his star before he died on June 23, 2011, at the age of 83, although he was handpicked by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a recipient in 1991.

Falk made his acting debut at an off-Broadway theater in 1956. He received his first best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his breakout role in the 1960 gangster drama "Murder, Inc," which launched his career. He played Abe Reles, a vicious thug who led the notorious gang and committed 30 murders but was never prosecuted.

Falk garnered another best supporting actor Oscar nod for his role in "Pocketful of Miracles," a gangster film which hit the screen in 1961.

However, Falk was mostly remembered for his role as Columbo, a disheveled Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective in the 1968 made-for-television movie "Prescription: Murder," the 1971 television movie "Ransom For A Dead Man" and "NBC Mystery Movie" from 1971 through 1977.

His portrayal was so successful that Falk won four Emmys for it.

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