'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dead at 83
Friday, June 24, 2011
Actor Peter Falk, who played the iconic TV detective Columbo for over 30 years, died Thursday at the age of 83.
While Peter Falk had many film roles, it's as the TV detective Lt. Frank Columbo of the LAPD for which we'll be remembered best. Columbo originally ran for seven seasons in the 1970s, and after a long break, he returned to the role in 1989 and then continued to appear in various special TV movies as the lovably mumbly detective in a trenchcoat. The role earned him 10 Emmy nominations, and he won four times (plus a fifth for another series), as well as one Golden Globe win.
He also had success in films, with two Oscar nominations for Murder, Inc. and Pocketful of Miracles in the early '60s. Younger film fans may know him better for his role as the narrator and grandfather in the classic movie The Princess Bride.
Whether you knew him for his film roles or as Columbo, Peter Falk was an unforgettable character actor whose distinct voice will always be remembered.
(Image courtesy of NBC)