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