Actor Peter Falk, best known for his role as the cigar-chomping, mystery solving detective in “Columbo” has died. He was 83. Falk had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.
Falk won four Emmy Awards playing the rumpled, but brilliant, Detective Columbo. The show ran regularly from 1971-78. Falk’s Columbo was a truly wonderful character – beloved by audiences and critics alike.
Not just a TV star, Falk was nominated twice for Oscars in the supporting actor category.
In addition to his memorable role in “Columbo”, many movie fans will remember him as the gruff but kindly grandfather who reads to his son in the classic “Princess Bride”.
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