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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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dcsmith1    

Some of the sweetest and funniest moments ever put on film are of Peter Falk in "The Great Race". Sad loss. Wonderful performer.

1186 days ago
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Karen    

Serpentine!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember the In-Laws!!!!!

1186 days ago
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Joe Fulmer    

Another one of the greats passes. Not too many left. Thanks for entertaining us!

1186 days ago
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Stephan    

God bless Peter, you will be missed. Loved watching Colombo...

1186 days ago
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Mechele McClain    

I could not imagine anyone ever playing a better grandpa then Mr. Falk in the Princess Bride. A must see movie. You will be missed.

1186 days ago
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Heather    

An amazing talent. We just saw a classic Columbo episode "By Dawn's Early Light" that co-starred his good friend, the late Patrick Magoohan. So many great actors have passed away recently.

1186 days ago
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lisa2    

RIP Mr. Falk. Great actor who created several unforgettable characters. You will be missed.

1186 days ago
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gazoo    

Not only one of my favorite actors of all time (I have the complete Columbo series on DVD), but an amazing artist.

RIP Mr.Falk, you were one of the great ones!

1186 days ago
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John    

Expect two more celebrity deaths shortly. They always go in three's.

1186 days ago
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charles    

RIP. So sad to hear this news. Will so miss him and his wonderful acting

1186 days ago
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TMZSUCKS!!!    

If you haven't seen "Murder by Death", you're missing out on one of his best performance and a GREAT movie!

1186 days ago
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gilles langlais    

I am a French Canadian living in the province of Québec, and have watched Columbo in french and in english...He has been a thoughtfully interest through his person and the actor. Teaching us how to be able to find the truth in our life.

You were and will always ben in my mind...

See you later...

BYE

1186 days ago
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bruno fabriani    

Grande ARTISTA!!!!!!!!!!!! Rimarrai nei nostri cuori.

1186 days ago
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Ace    

Ahhh, one more thing sir.......

1186 days ago
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UFo    

I used to watch Columbo with my parents, and later with my children. We had a great time, we miss you unforgettable Peter Falk.

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