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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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Cella    

I loved him. Such a cool guy. And of course we never missed Columbo at my house. RIP Mr. Falk.

1162 days ago
17.

ed    

Great actor. Great personality. Very entertaining. RIP Peter Falk

1162 days ago
18.

WesH    

That SUCKS, he was a Great actor, Loved him in the neil simons movies Murder by Death ( Clasic) comedy and the Cheap detective, again Funny movies.

1162 days ago
19.

Bart    

RIP. A great performer who made me laugh more times than I can remember.

1162 days ago
20.

Sloane    

another fan here
loved him as Columbo-he set the bar high
great at everything he acted in
even loved his cameo in the Princess Bride

won 5 Emmys- 4 or which were for Columbo
nominated twice for Oscars
1960... for Murder, Inc.
1961 for Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles
2 must rent movies if you haven't seen them yet

couldn't enlist in WW2 in 1945 because of his glass eye (lost to a malignant tumor at age 3)
so he joined the Merchant Marines...patriotic man!

got his Masters degree in 1953...smart man!
acting on Broadway by 1956...real acting chops!
acting on TV by 1957...pioneer!

sad to hear he had Alzheimers
sadder he has passed

1162 days ago
21.

AndUKnowThisMan    

OMG!!!! not!!

1162 days ago
22.

bobinator    

Always enjoyed Peter Falk in whatever he did. But, Columbo was the fave....with Murder by Death next! Rest in peace, Peter.

1162 days ago
23.

paul a.    

"...oh, one more thing,sir, if you don't mind..."

I loved Colombo!

RIP, Peter, thanks for the ride!

1162 days ago
24.

Mikey    

Colonel Mustard in the Parlor with the exploding cigar.

1162 days ago
25.

Alex Cane    

I'm still watching Columbo to this day, I just can believe he's now dead.

Will be truly missed, RIP Peter.

1162 days ago
26.

Ronald RayGun    

He was one of the great character actors on both the big screen and television. So rare to find these days.

RIP Mr. Falk.

1162 days ago
27.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Only thing: is this a RUMOR, TMZ, or did you actually CHECK your 'facts' this time? Is he really dead?

1162 days ago
28.

fran    

aw this saddens my day...I loved Peter in anything he did, he was such a good actor...he will be missed...RIP Peter and condolences to his family

1162 days ago
29.

Mark Jacobson    

What I wouldn't give to hear, "Just one more question."

1162 days ago
30.

Jodi    

Wow. My condolences to his family. I only know him by watching the old reruns of Columbo but he was good in that series.

1162 days ago
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