'Columbo' Star and Oscar Nominee Peter Falk Passes Away at Age 83

June 24, 2011
Source: TMZ

Peter Falk

While it's pretty much a cliché for detectives to adorn trench coats, fewer on-screen investigators wore the signature wardrobe as well as Peter Falk when he played iconic TV detective "Columbo." While the actor is better know for his work in television, he also leaves behind a legacy in film as TMZ reports Falk has sadly passed away at age 83.  In the last years of his life, the actor became plagued with dementia and tragically it has been said that he couldn't even remember his iconic role as Lieutenant Columbo on TV. Thankfully, audiences spanning generations will remember the actor through is many performances on TV and film.

Aside from the aforementioned classic detective series, Falk also received two Academy Award nominations for the 1960 film Murder, Inc. and the 1961 film Pocketful of Miracles. In addition, the actor also appeared in films like Brigadoon, The Great Race, Wings of Desire and even more recently, Next starring Nicolas Cage. However, younger audiences will likely best know him for his turn as the grandfather and narrator in the fantastic fantasy adventure comedy The Princess Bride, not to mention a great turn alongside Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau in Made. Despite his ailments, a representative for Falk's family says the actor passed away peacefully in his sleep last night while at his home in Beverly Hills. Rest in peace, sir.

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  • Loser
  • Neuromancer
    Oh, one more thing.... :-(
  • Spider
    This is a HUGE loss! I am deeply saddened by this terrible news! Peter Falk is a legend and will always be remembered. No other screen detective could, nor will be able to outdo his iconic, "Columbo" role! Thank you for your legacy, Mr. Falk. May you rest in peace! ...I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Falk's family!
    • Anonymous
      absolutely. a massive loss, may he be at peace. like Spider, i've never really warmed to any other screen detective in the same way. 'just one more thing...' Columbo became such a staple (a cliche to some), and he was so attuned to the role, that many people missed what an extraordinary actor Falk was. if you haven't seen his other work, seek it out.
  • Columbo is still one of the best TV Shows I've ever seen!
  • Anonymous
    agree with Coppola - also, i'll miss him as much as i could miss  any actor. peter falk  - great actor and good guy!
  • Adam
    You guys remember corky ramano? Hahaha
  • deckter
    Rest in peace, Mr. Falk, and thank you for "Columbo", my childhood series.
  • Scotty97
    Wings of Desire has his most sublime performance, IMO. Just moving and yet still charming.
  • Dick
    Um, no mention of "Husbands"?
  • RIP Peter. Iconic series and character. A big loss in the entertainment world.
  • Dan
    as you
  • Dan
    as you




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