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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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Fibb    

God Bless You Peter Falk, You were the Best, RIP...

1134 days ago
107.

NRWilkinson111    

His greatest glory I believe was in "The Great Race." What a truly entertaining, and funny movie. But his most touching line........"As you wish."

1134 days ago
108.

Keedee    

Just read about Peter Falk. I feel gut-punched. Loved that man!

1134 days ago
109.

KateMae    

He will be missed. We always loved Columbo, and "The In-Laws" had me rolling on the floor with laughter. It's sad when the good ones pass.

1134 days ago
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erica    

RIP Peter Falk. You were sooo much more than Columbo. xoxoxoxoxoxo #WomanUnderTheInfluence

1134 days ago
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CATHY    

WHEN I THINK OF PETER FALK...IT MAKES ME SMILE. I WILL TRULY MISS HIM. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY

1134 days ago
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Charles Rosenay    

Quick tribute: http://www.examiner.com/horror-happenings-in-national/columbo-actor-and-dracula-artist-die?CID=examiner_alerts_article

1134 days ago
113.

R    

The In Laws - so freakin' hilarious! Columbo - best detective ever in a wrinkled London Fog! The Princess Bride - best grandpa ever!

1134 days ago
114.

TheMachine1    

I guess he finely cleared up all the loose ends and passed on.

1134 days ago
115.

They are crayz!!    

Best Peter Faulk line ever: "Ummhhp - if you weren't a lady I would kick you right in the stomach."

1134 days ago
116.

Mary Ann    

NOW, this was class!!!
RIP dear Lt. Columbo, you will be missed but not forgotten.

1134 days ago
117.

IceMan    

He was just great in "The Great Race". A wonderful actor.

1134 days ago
118.

CT    

Great actor...you will be missed.

1134 days ago
119.

Sant    

I couldn't believe it when I heard it a short while ago. I absolutely ADORE Peter Falk - Columbo was the greatest detective ever. No one will ever come close......

1134 days ago
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Dennis    

R.I.P Peter Falk You Will Be Missed. For all of his fans, I have a question: Did Peter star in a detective show back in the 70's called Beretta, and carried a white bird around on his shoulder ? I loved watching that show as a kid. :-(

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