|Created by Tom Fontana|
Played by Jon Seda
Creator Tom Fontana
Movie Homicide: The Movie
|Portrayed by Jon Seda|
Significant other Laura Ballard
Last appearance Homicide: The Movie
|First appearance May 9, 1997
(5x21, Partners and Other Strangers) (Guest)
October 17, 1997
(6x01, Blood Ties (part 1)" (Regular)|
Occupation Homicide Detective Auto Squad Detective (formerly)
Similar Stuart Gharty, Terri Stivers, Laura Ballard, Al Giardello, Meldrick Lewis
Paul Falsone is a fictional police detective of the Baltimore Police Department on Homicide: Life on the Street and was portrayed by Jon Seda. Born on October 14, 1968, Falsone was introduced as a long-time member of the Auto Squad at the end of Season 5, where his natural talents proved useful in solving vehicle-related crimes. However, when the department began a rotation program, in which detectives would be periodically reassigned to new units, Falsone was transferred to the homicide shift commanded by Al Giardello. After three months, Giardello expressed satisfaction with Falsone's work and requested that he remain with the unit.
Falsone first appears in the Season 5 finale episodes "Partners and Other Strangers" and "Strangers and Other Partners," then becomes a regular character in the Season 6 premiere "Blood Ties." He and his partner, Det. Meldrick Lewis, are shot at by Junior Bunk on behalf of the crime organization run by Georgia Rae Mahoney. Falsone's investigation leads to a suspicion that the shooting of Georgia Rae's brother Luther (the original head of the organization) was not legitimate, a suspicion which ignites a long-standing enmity between Falsone and Mike Kellerman, the detective who shot Luther during the previous season.
His son Daniel was born in December 1993. He and his girlfriend Janine got married shortly after she discovered that she was pregnant with Daniel.
He was from New Jersey. He joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1991. He became a detective in 1994. In 1997, he earned a total of $32,000. After becoming a homicide detective, he received a raise of $2,000.
He was raised Catholic but did not practice. His father had died by 1998.
Despite Falsone's tough-guy demeanor, he is often shown to have an affection for children, especially his own son, who is the focus of a bitter custody battle between Falsone and his ex-wife.
During Season 7, Falsone begins dating fellow homicide detective Laura Ballard, who joined the unit at roughly the same time that he rotated into it. In the episode "Bones of Contention", Giardello warns Falsone about the regulations against intimate fraternization among members of the same shift, and Falsone and Ballard agree to stop seeing each other rather than risk discipline or a forced transfer out of Giardello's shift. However, this agreement merely led to them continuing their relationship in secret.
The character also appeared in the Law & Order episode "Baby, It's You".