R.I.P. Peter Falk

The beloved rumpled trenchcoat-wearing police lieutenant on the Columbo TV series died at his Beverly Hills home last night after a long bout with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to his daughter, who gave the news to KNX-1070. He was 83. The five-time Emmy winner (four for Columbo) also was a two-time Oscar nominee (for 1960’s Murder, Inc and 1961’s Pocketful of Miracles). He was a key member of iconoclastic filmmaker John Cassavetes’ regular ensemble, starring in such independent film classics as Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), and in a cameo at the end of Opening Night. In 1972 he won a Tony for his performance in Broadway’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue. But his most famous role was Columbo, which first aired in 1968 as part of an anthology series on NBC from 1971-1978, took a five-year respite, and returned occasionally on ABC from 1983-2003. He once described Columbo as “an ass-backwards Sherlock Holmes” who chewed cigars instead of smoked a pipe. (The debut episode in 1971 was helmed by 25-year-old Steven Spielberg in one of his earliest directing roles.) (more…)

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