Peter Falk, TV's Rumpled Columbo, Has Died

Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in "Columbo" has died. He was 83.

A statement released Friday by family friend Larry Larson says Falk died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home.

In a court document filed in December 2008, Falk's daughter Catherine Falk said her father was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

"Columbo" began in 1971 as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie series, appearing every third week.

Falk was born Sept. 16, 1927, in New York City and grew up in Ossining, N.Y., where his parents ran a clothing store. At 3 he had one eye removed because of cancer.

Falk was nominated for two Oscars and won five Emmys.

Falk is survived by his wife Shera and his two daughters.

WITN 7.2 / Me-TV will air episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Untouchables” guest starring Peter Falk, who passed away yesterday, on Monday, 6/27/11.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    he always played likeable characters... what great memories he left
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    I agree - He always played the bumbling detective to a T, but had the case solved already. Somebody please tell me how reality TV took over every channel! I miss the good ol days of Television.
  • by ME Location: NC on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    Another one of the great ones gone.
  • by Best Movie on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    "Firesale" - with Alan Arkin
  • by betty on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    Enjoyed his shows for many, many years. They don't make shows like that any more. Rest in peace Mr. Peter Falk.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Man I loved the show. One more thing bothers me sir.......
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    I always liked the show too. He would come off as this dumb guy detective, but in the end, he had all the facts to put egg on the faces of the smarty pants criminals. He had a lovable character. Too many great actors gone lately.
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    He was one of the best. RIP my friend
  • by Loved Peter Falk on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:12 PM
  • by Dalphyne on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Columbo - rest in peace. I enjoyed your show for many years. You will be loved in heaven like on earth.

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