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'Columbo' Star

Peter Falk Dies

6/24/2011 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Peter Falk -- star of the TV show "Columbo" -- died last night ... TMZ has learned.

Peter Falk Dead
Falk -- who suffered from Alzheimer's disease -- was 83.

A rep for the family tells TMZ, "Peter Falk, 83-year-old Academy Award nominee and star of television series, 'Columbo', died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011."

The rep continued, "Peter Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage."

In addition to "Columbo," Falk starred in "Princess Bride," "Brigadoon" and "The Great Race."

Peter's wife, Shera and daughter Catherine were locked in a legal battle in 2009 over the creation of a conservatorship for Peter and who would control it.  In the end, the judge appointed Shera conservator.

UPDATE: John Finnegan -- Falk's "Columbo" co-star -- tells TMZ, he fell literally FELL DOWN when heard the news ... “I have known Peter for over 60 years ...  He was like a brother for me, he kept the food on the table.  He was the best, great!"

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@alroker @alroker

Few were better thanPeter Falk in Columbo or as Vincent J. Ricardo in The In-Laws. He will be missed.

@sethmeyers21 @sethmeyers21

RIP Peter Falk. "The In-Laws" still one of the funniest movies of all time. #SerpentineShelSerpentine.

@stephenfry @stephenfry

Oh no :( Just heard. Peter Falk, who played Columbo, TV's greatest EVER detective, has died.

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@AndyMilonakis @AndyMilonakis

Rip Peter Falk. Murder By Death is the sh*t

@DougBenson @DougBenson

Peter Falk was great in THE IN-LAWS and THE GREAT RACE. #RIPColumbo

@JamesGunn @JamesGunn

RIP Peter Falk - one of my favorite actors ever.

@rainnwilson @rainnwilson

RIP Peter Falk - He was one of the greats. Watch 'Wings of Desire' to see him at his best. ,) [one eyed emoticon]

@JoyVBehar @JoyVBehar

So sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Falk.

@Alyssa_Milano @Alyssa_Milano

Rest in peace, Peter Falk. ❤

@alroker @alroker

Few were better thanPeter Falk in Columbo or as Vincent J. Ricardo in The In-Laws. He will be missed.

@sethmeyers21 @sethmeyers21

RIP Peter Falk. "The In-Laws" still one of the funniest movies of all time. #SerpentineShelSerpentine.

@stephenfry @stephenfry

Oh no :( Just heard. Peter Falk, who played Columbo, TV's greatest EVER detective, has died.

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Marilyn    

Oh! One more thing He Was Wonderful as Colombo.

1125 days ago
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MyOpinionOnly    

Awwww...RIP Peter. I always loved your show and remember watching it with my grandparents fondly.

1125 days ago
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rich    

YOU SHOULD ALL WATCH HIM IN THE INLAWS.....AMAZING PERFORMANCE

1125 days ago
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Grandma Cracker    

RIP, you were one of my personal favorites and a huge talent. I smile when I think of you......

1125 days ago
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Delaware D    

#3. ouch

1125 days ago
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anyjoe    

Sad to hear, loved him as Columbia and as the grandfather in the princess bride.

1125 days ago
7.

Delaware D    

The Big Man, Ryan Dunn, now Columbo. Always comes in 3s...

1125 days ago
8.

me    

Awww. So sorry to hear that. Loved Colombo. RIP. And our condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

1125 days ago
9.

KDESQ    

SO SAD. I loved him as Columbo. LOVED HIM. RIP.

1125 days ago
10.

Greg    

Serpentine Shelly!

1125 days ago
11.

Steelerchick    

So sad to hear that.

1125 days ago
12.

Carl    

Bad news, good news story. Sad that he died, but I know I wouldn't want to live in the state he was in the last few years. So it is for the best.

1125 days ago
13.

Hollywood    

Harvey,

What is Lindsay Lohans's reaction to this devastating news ?

America demands an answer!

1125 days ago
14.

Kenneth    

Loved this guy. He was great in "The Great Race" playing Jack Lemmons sidekick - great in Colombo - in fact he was great in everything he did. Wonderful, classy man. I will personally miss his charm.

1125 days ago
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Stiletto    

An amazing character actor. He will be missed...and not easily replaced by any of the so-called "stars" of today.

1125 days ago
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