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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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Mannix    

R.I.P. Peter Falk....you'll always be remembered for "one more thing."

1111 days ago
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Frank    

Peter Falk was one of the best actor's of our time!! so many great films,Murder Inc,Colombo I met him at Dangerfilds in New York,on second ave,Dennis Miller was the M C......REST IN PEACE,you will be missed by so many.

1111 days ago
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cidny    

Loved watching Colombo when I was a teen. It was a show our whole family could sit down and watch together. What ever happened to his old wrinkly raincoat? He was perfect as the old grandpa reading to his son in the Princess Bride too. That movie is one of my kids favorites.

1110 days ago
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Daniel Van Ness    

We'll always remember him as the original voice for Don Feinberg in the 2004 film,'Shark Tale', but Nick Nolte who voiced Vincent the Bear in Over the Hedge should voice Don Feinberg in 'Shark Tale 2' for his replacement.

1101 days ago
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Jeanette    

I am expressing my sincere sympathies to Mr. Falk's family. I had the pleasure of meeting him in LA in the early 70's. I was a young college student and very shy. When I spotted him, I knew immediately who he was and knowing that it may be my only chance of meeting him, I summoned the courage to say, Mr. Falk, to which he said, Peter, Peter. He was so gracious. I have his autograph. He remains my most favorite celebrity encounter. This encounter was during some turbulent social times however, he showed no signs of not willing to encounter with several African-American young women. Just one more thing "Peter", may you always rest in peace.

1068 days ago
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Jan    

Loved his style and humor. We'll miss you Columbo.

829 days ago
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