Peter 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.
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