Peter Falk dead at 83


KNX-AM Los Angeles, quoting family members, reports that actor Peter Falk died Thursday (6/23) evening. He was 83.

Falk was best known as the title character of “Columbo,” which aired on NBC and then ABC from 1968 to 2003. His Lt. Columbo was a disheveled and seemingly dimwitted police lieutenant who was constantly outsmarting the criminals who saw him as no threat.

Falk won four Emmys and one Golden Globe for ‘Columbo.” He also appeared in numerous movies and other TV shows over his long career.

At a conservatorship hearing in 2009 a doctor testified that the actor was suffering from dementia and could not remember the Columbo role which had made him famous. His wife was granted conservatorship of his financial affairs. He died at their home in Beverly Hills.