Peter Falk, Star of Columbo, Passes Away
Peter Falk, who famously portrayed the trench coat wearing Columbo, has died at the age of 83. Falk had a brilliant acting career that spanned over 30 years in the movies and on prime-time television.
Falk died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills according to Larry Larson, a friend of the family, who released the statement.
In 2008, Falk’s daughter Catherine filed a court document and said that her father had been battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Columbo started in 1971 as part of the Mystery Movie Series that appeared on NBC Sunday night. The series came on every third week rotating with McCloud and the tandem of McMillan and Wife. Columbo was by far the most popular show of the 3-part mysteries.
Falk received $250,000 a movie, but would have made a lot more for Columbo if he would of agreed to convert the series into a weekly show. He declined, saying it would be too much of a burden to carry a detective series every week.
Peter Falk claimed that Columbo looked like the victim of a flood. He was a guy you felt sorry for. He sees everything, but appears to see nothing. Underneath his dishevelment, there is a great mind at work.
In 1977 the 3-part series was canceled. In 1989 columbo re-emerged in two hour specials that ran twice a year well into the 21st century. Columbo, was enjoyed in 26 countries and became a huge classic in Iran and France.
Falk appeared in dozens of movie classics like The Cheap Detective, The Princess Bride, The In-Laws, The Great Race an Castle Keep.
Falk lost an eye at age three because of cancer. He was told by an agent, because of his eye, he would never be able to star in movies. Falk would go on to receive two Oscar nominations and win five Emmys.
Peter Falk will be sorely missed by millions of people.
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