- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in “Columbo,” which spanned 30 years in prime-time television, has died. He was 83.

Falk died Thursday night at his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement released by family friend Larry Larson.

In a court document filed in December 2008, Falk’s daughter Catherine Falk said her father was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Columbo” began its history in 1971 as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie series, appearing every third week. “Columbo” became by far the most popular of the three mysteries, the others being “McCloud” and “McMillan and Wife.”

Columbo _ he never had a first name _ presented a contrast to other TV detectives. “He looks like a flood victim,” Falk once said. “You feel sorry for him. He appears to be seeing nothing, but he’s seeing everything.”


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