Peter Falk Passes Away at 83

The Colombo actor, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died peacefully in his home last night.

Peter Falk passes away at 83
Peter Falk passes away at 83
Emmy-winning actor Peter Falk has passed away at the age of 83. The man behind the iconic TV character Columbo died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home late last night. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease prior to his passing.

Nominated for two Academy Awards, the first in 1960 for his supporting role in Murder, Inc., and then again for a supporting role in 1961's Pocketful of Miracles, Peter Falk began his career on stage, hitting the local community theater and eventually venturing into off-Broadway productions. Hollywood first started to take notice of the actor in 1957, when he began appearing on many different television series all in a short span of time.

He would continue to jump back and forth between film and television in bit parts and supporting roles, until 1968, when he starred in the telefilm Columbo. Serving as a two-hour pilot, Columbo went onto become one of the most successful detective dramas on television. The character is still as beloved today as he was in the 70s, and the part won Peter Falk four Emmys throughout its 13 season run, which later spanned into a number of individual telefilms, for which he also won an Emmy in 1994.

Perhaps Peter Falk's most fondly remembered role on the big screen was opposite Alan Arkin in the smash hit comedy The In-Laws. In 2004, he provided his voice for the DreamWorks Animation adventure Shark Tale, and his last role was in the 2009 comedy American Cowslip, where he played a priest opposite Val Kilmer and Bruce Dern.

Peter Falk's most distinguishing feature was his glass eye, which gave the actor an iconic physical trademark, one that helped push Columbo as a disheveled and oddball crime solver. When he was a child, Falk lost his right eye to a malignant tumor.

Peter Falk is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Shera Falk, and his two daughters from a previous marriage.

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  1. Titanictom

    He was also in IT's A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD!!!! as a Cab Driver.

    4 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. J.P.

    @2movieguys You forget Corky Romano. He was the best part of that movie which wasn't hard to do.

    4 years agoby @jptheredskullFlag

  3. RonnyRAGE

    R.I.P. grandpa in The Princess Bride

    4 years agoby @ronnyrageFlag

  4. Justhim_sir

    R.I.P. man.

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  5. Kerge32


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  6. Josh

    I'll always remember him as the grandpa in The Princess Bride. Rest in Peace, Peter Falk.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. Ghostman

    terrible news...he will be remembered m RIP :(

    4 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. TheDude1

    RIP. You will always be a legend.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  9. Bane5000

    R.I.P Mr. Falk, Hollywood loses another unique, classic star...8[

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  10. Lautarous

    It not mentioned that Peter Falk also work with director (script writer and actor) John Cassavetes, a pioner of independet cinema in USA. Their society brought such quality films as "Husbands" (1970) and "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974).

    I always tend to remember Falk's perfomance as himself in "Wings of Desire" (1987). It's a small role, but is very enjoyable.

    My deep respect for Mister Falk. The memory about him will remain.

    4 years agoby @LautarousFlag

  11. Dan

    RIP, Mr. Columbo.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Stansfield

    Well said @stonecoldjedi. Rest in Peace Mr. Falk, thanks for the years of entertainment.

    4 years agoby @StansfieldFlag

  13. StoneColdJedi

    His most fondly remembered role is The In-Laws? I don't think so. In fact, his most famous film role isn't even mentioned... The Princess Bride!

    4 years agoby @stonecoldjediFlag

  14. Summit10


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  15. Xybernetic


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  16. Daveactor7


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  17. SpideR-OnE

    RIP [']

    4 years agoby @spider-oneFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Descansa en paz :/

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. CelluloidDreams

    ...Another good Peter Falk film is: "Roommates" ... starring Peter Falk, D. B. Sweeney and Julianne Moore!!

    "Pocketful of Miracles" to, Falk was nominated for an Oscar for his role.

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  20. thrashnasty190

    RIP Columbo.

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    Best Peter Falk film: "Murder by Death" ..loved him as Sam Diamond!
    Still makes me laugh when I watch it!

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you,and the saints all stand and applaud you. So faraway, so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. SpaceCowboy

    At least he went peacefully. You will be missed. RIP

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  23. ejk1

    Rest in peace, Colombo.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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