American Actor Peter Falk
One of my favorite actors in history was Peter Falk. Peter stole every scene he was ever in. With that hair, his gravelly high pitched voice, and that squint. Peter could handle drama very adeptly and could be menacing and yet handle comedy like no one else... With his most famous part as Lt. Columbo in the TV series Columbo he was able to use drama and comedy together. Not an easy feat. We miss him so much xxooK
We are sad to have lost Mr. Falk but he has been battling Alzheimer's disease for such a long while. We send our love and prayers to his family and all his fans round the world.
Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo.
He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles, and was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once.
Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film The Brink's Job said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh."
In 1968 he starred with Gene Barry in a ninety-minute TV pilot about a highly-skilled, laid-back detective. Columbo eventually became part of an anthology series entitled, The NBC Mystery Movie, along with McCloud and McMillan And Wife.
The detective series stayed on NBC from 1971 to 1978, took a respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1989 to 2003. He was "everyone's favorite rumpled television detective", writes historian David Fantle. Describing his role, Variety columnist Howard Prouty writes, "The joy of all this is watching Columbo dissemble the fiendishly clever cover stories of the loathsome rats who consider themselves his better."
A family statement said he "died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home" on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to his daughter, Catherine Falk