Peter Falk Dies at 83

June 24, 2011

Peter FalkThe actor Peter Falk, known and loved worldwide as the scruffy, yet genius detective Columbo, has died at age 83.

Falk had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for some years, his family said that he died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday evening.

Throughout his career, Falk had appeared in many Television and Film guest roles, and had been nominated twice for an Academy Award for his roles in Murder Inc (1960), and Pocketful of Miracles (1961). He won four Emmy’s for Columbo, the role for which he is best known and will always be remembered for. He also won a Golden Globe Award. Director William Friedkin paid Falk a great compliment when talking about his role in the movie The Brink’s Job (1978) saying, “Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh.”

Falk starred alongside Gene Barry in a ninety-minute television pilot in 1968, about a highly skilled but laid back detective, Columbo. That show became part of the anthology series called The NBC Mystery Movie. The hugely successful show continued to air on NBC from 1971-1978, then returning occasionally on the ABC network between 1989-2003.

Historian David Fantle wrote that he was, “Everyone’s favorite rumpled television detective.” Howard Prouty, a columnist for Variety once wrote, “The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better.”

No doubt, Peter Falk will be long remembered and sorely missed by both fans and non-fans alike.

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