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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.

@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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Hanging to da lef    

Someone said he was Ryan Dunn's passenger....

1182 days ago


So, in Massachusetts, there is a town called Athol - Athol, Massachusetts. Well, anyways, Peter Falk used to travel around doing stand up comedy back in the early 70's. When his tour stopped in Athol, Massachusetts, his sign read "Falk in Athol."

1182 days ago


Not quite 3 years ago TMZ ran a "story" and showed pics of Mr. Falk struggling on the street outside his home. His daughter posted the following comment:

catherine falk 1089 days ago

This is Catherine Falk, his daughter wanting to tell you that my father has entertained millions for over thirty years and deserves more respect then being smeared on your web site for personal gain and humiliation.. My father is an elder like all of your own fathers and with age comes dementia and other progressive diseases and we all need to show some humility and respect for the elder community.. making fun of people in times of sickness and vulnerability is a sad way to live and I can't believe for a second any viewer in their right mind feels that these pictures are fun or entertaining.. want to thank your viewers for their kind words of my father and for their shock of the amusement your company puts forth in humiliating others for personal and financial gain.. we all have one thing in common-we have a father and we have aging parents and my father deserves more respect then what has been portrayed of him to your amusement! THANK YOU TO THE VIEWERS COMMENTS for your support and positive comments about my dad, Be well

1182 days ago


One of the great character actors who gave us so much entertainment - RIP Peter - Thanks for the memories!

1182 days ago


Very sad...Columbo was one of the best cop shows ever put on tv. The Princess Bride was one of the best movies ever made, for my generation. Very sad ...Oh! One more thing...R.I.P. Peter Falk

1182 days ago


Rest in Peace, beautiful soul.

1182 days ago


RIP Peter - condolences to the family - Lt. Columbo was always a fovorite of mine.

1182 days ago

deborah mcdermott    

peter falk was the greatest actor. as a teenager i loved watching him in columbo as he played the bumbling detective so well. it is sad to see that as i get older the things i grew up with are suddenly gone and no matter what i can never bring the past back. peter falk will be sorely missed, God bless his family as they have lost a father and a husband and also a grandfather. i love you peter falk rest in peace.

1182 days ago


I hope he is only "mostly dead." Rest in peace.

1182 days ago

Mark Shepperd    

Rest In Peter - Thanks for the great Sunday nights on the NBC Mystery Theatre with Columbo!

1182 days ago


ChickaBOOMer: "One more thing."

1182 days ago


This is truly a black day for Columbo fans around the world.

1182 days ago


The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. Peter Falk as the loving, rumpled grandfather helped to make that movie magical. I feel like crying. His family is in my prayers.

1182 days ago


The inimitable Peter Falk and his "By the way, there's just one more thing..." that inevitably drove his nemesis craaaaaazy. Good bye Peter and thanks for many, many years of great entertainment.

1182 days ago

You Know It's True    

Rest well my favorite bumbling detective. I grew up watching you. You will be missed but your memory remains.

1182 days ago
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