Has Peter Falk wasted his talent?

Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City on September 16, 1927 and raised in Ossining, New York.  When he was twelve years old he made his first stage appearance in a production of The Pirates of Penzance at Camp High Point in upstate New York.  Peter portrait

After graduating from Ossining High School, where he was a star athlete and president of his class, Falk served as a cook in the Merchant Marine, then studied at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he completed his work for a B.A. degree in political science at the New School for Social Research in 1951.  He earned a Masters degree in public administration at Syracuse University in 1953.  After applying unsuccessfully for a job with the Central Intelligence Agency, he became a management analyst with the Connecticut State Budget Bureau, in Hartford.  In his spare time he acted with the Mark Twain Maskers in Hartford and studied at the White Barn Theatre in Westport, and for the first time began to consider the possibility of becoming a professional actor.  In 1956 at the age of 29 he left his job with the Budget Bureau, moved to Greenwich Village in New York, and declared himself an actor.

Beyond his busy schedule as an actor, Falk is an artist; he prefers drawing with charcoal pencil, but lately is enjoying experimenting with watercolors.  A passion for drawing was sparked years ago when he began sketching as a way to pass time between scenes while filming on location.  Have a look at some of his works:

Taken from here: http://www.peterfalk.com/Hello.htm

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