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Shera Danese and Peter Falk Marriage Profile


Shera and Peter Falk

Peter Falk and his wife actress Shera Danese arrive for the 33rd Annual Vision Awards at the Beverly Hilton on June 24, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

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The marriage of Peter Falk and Shera Danese was not always smooth sailing, yet they did reconcile and were married for 34 years.


Peter Michael Falk: September 16, 1927 in New York City, New York.

Shera Lynn Danese: October 9, 1949 in Hartsdale, New York.


Peter: On the evening of June 23, 2011, Peter died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Peter, previously diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia, was 83 when he died from cardiorespiratory arrest.

Wedding Date:

Peter and Shera were married on December 7, 1977 at the Church of the Good Shephard in Los Angeles, California. They hosted a black tie dinner and dance after their wedding.
Wedding Photo


Peter had two children with his first wife, Alyce.
  • Jackie Falk: Adopted in 1962.
  • Catherine Falk: Adopted in 1971. Catherine is a private investigator.


Peter: Actor, director, producer, artist, author, certified public accountant, efficiency expert, cook. Peter Falk was best known for his Columbo role.

Shera: Actress.

Previous Marriage:

Peter met his first wife, Alyce Mayo, a dress designer and pianist, on the set of The Tempest at Syracuse University. Alyce and Peter were married on April 17, 1960. Their marriage ended in divorce on May 28, 1976.

Quotes About the Marriage of Shera and Peter Falk:

"Unlike the uxorious Lieutenant Columbo, Falk's relationship with his second wife, the actress Sheralyn Danese, remained unpredictable. So frequent were their numerous break ups and reconciliations that they were known in Hollywood as the 'Fighting Falks'. 'She makes me laugh,' Falk said of his 23-year-old wife, 'but if I had to say what we had in common I guess it would be that we both like the colour blue.""
Source: "Peter Falk." Telegraph.co.uk. 6/24/2011.

Today Staff and Wire: "They [Peter and Shera] filed for divorce twice and reconciled each time."
Source: Today Staff, wire. "Columbo star Peter Falk dies at 83" MSNBC.com. 6/24/2011.

Peter on looking for his Emmys: "I yelled to Shera, 'Where are the Emmys?' 'They're in Aunt Linny's bedroom,' she replied. I went upstairs iinto Aunt Linny's bedroom, but I didn't see them ... When I looked at the chest, it took a minute to realize that the round black base which was visible under some hats was the base of an Emmy. Now it was suddenly very clear what happened. Shera, bless her heart, I could strangle her, was using the Emmys for a hat rack."
Source: Peter Falk. Just One More Thing: Stories From My Life. 2006. pg. 178.

Peter: "When it comes to wife stories I'd have to be honest and tell him the truth -- Lieutenant, your stories about your wife don't hold a candle to my stories about my wife."
Source: Peter Falk. Just One More Thing: Stories From My Life. 2006. pg. 176.

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