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Peter Falk, Star of 'Columbo,' Dead at 83

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 24th 2011 2:00PM
Peter FalkPeter Falk, the Emmy-winning star of 'Columbo,' has died. He was 83.

CBS Radio News confirmed via a family spokesperson that Falk died on the evening of June 23.

Falk was best known to audiences as Lt. Columbo in the NBC/ABC police series. The last episode aired on ABC in 2003.

Besides the hit drama, Falk was nominated for two Academy Awards, for 1960's 'Murder, Inc.' and 1961's 'Pocketful of Miracles.' His last credited film role was the 2009 flick 'American Cowslip' opposite Cloris Leachman and Diane Ladd.

In 1956, Falk made his Broadway debut in 'Diary of a Scoundrel.' Following several films and TV work, Falk won a Tony in 1972 for his performance in 'The Prisoner of Second Avenue.' After 'Columbo,' Falk is probably best known as the grandfather and narrator of 1987's 'The Princess Bride.'

Falk is survived by wife Shera Danese Falk and adopted daughters Jackie and Catherine. After Falk fell ill following a surgical procedure in 2009, Shera Danese released a statement on PeterFalk.com, placing the site on hiatus.

Falk suffered from dementia and late in his life he reportedly could not recall his most famous character, Columbo.

Take a look at the title credits of 'Columbo' below.

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I first remember Peter Falk when I came out of the Army and saw him on television in the series "The Trials of O'Brien". I immediately became a great Fan. RIP O'Brien!!!

December 02 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ray Wagner

Damn, another good guy gone. RIP Mr. Falk

June 30 2011 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick Carter

Back in the day they didn't come any cooler than Columbo, RIP Peter Falk

June 30 2011 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Peter Falk was a great actor, he made Columbo into a great detective. Not one show today is as good as Columbo, too bad they can't bring back the Mystery series. The best Columbo with Jack Cassidy as the Great Santini in "Now You See Him. Condolences to his family.

June 30 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favoriteColumbo episode was ALL OF THEM, I LOVED PETER FALK. My condolences to his family, he lived a great life and brought joy to many fans for his awesome characters. His legacy lives on!

June 30 2011 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

R.I.P........thanks for being one of the "old school" good guys.

June 30 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim Ann

RIP Peter!! So sad he had dementia and could not recall what a great life he led!!

June 30 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hope his family resolves their issues re the stepmother We went through something similar He deserves a better legacy


June 30 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved all his episodes Peter Falk was one of my favorites and will be missed one of a kind my condolences to the family.

June 30 2011 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's not the opening credits of the Columbo series. Are you guys asleep. Peter Falk is barely mentioned in the last seconds of this thing. What an insult to a great performer. Whoever picked this clip knows nothing about the history of television. The person or person's who perpetrted this farce should be forced to to take a month off without pay and bone up on the idustry they're supposed to be reporting on.

June 25 2011 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to markhelfgott's comment

apparently you don't either....the mystery movie series was a rotating theme...one character a month...so when itb starred nPeter Falk that night...it was a movie with him ..hello...starring in it! Perhaps you should look up what you are so easy to fault others on.

June 26 2011 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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