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Peter Falk obituary

26 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us actor whose success as the scruffy TV detective Columbo was complemented by a wide range of stage and screen roles

Show-business history records that the American actor Peter Falk, who has died aged 83, made his stage debut the year before he left high school, presciently cast as a detective. Despite the 17-year-old's fleeting success, he had no thoughts of pursuing acting as a career – if only because tough kids from the Bronx considered it an unsuitable job for a man. Just 24 years later, Falk made his first television appearance as the scruffy detective, Columbo, not only becoming the highest paid actor on television – commanding $500,000 an episode during the 1970s – but also the most famous.

Inevitably the lieutenant dedicated to unravelling the villainy of the wealthy and glamorous dominated his career, although – unlike some actors – he escaped the straitjacket, or in his case shabby raincoat, of typecasting. In addition to stage work, »

- Brian Baxter

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Peter Falk obituary

26 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Us actor whose success as the scruffy TV detective Columbo was complemented by a wide range of stage and screen roles

Show-business history records that the American actor Peter Falk, who has died aged 83, made his stage debut the year before he left high school, presciently cast as a detective. Despite the 17-year-old's fleeting success, he had no thoughts of pursuing acting as a career – if only because tough kids from the Bronx considered it an unsuitable job for a man. Just 24 years later, Falk made his first television appearance as the scruffy detective, Columbo, not only becoming the highest paid actor on television – commanding $500,000 an episode during the 1970s – but also the most famous.

Inevitably the lieutenant dedicated to unravelling the villainy of the wealthy and glamorous dominated his career, although – unlike some actors – he escaped the straitjacket, or in his case shabby raincoat, of typecasting. In addition to stage work, »

- Brian Baxter

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Columbo Star Peter Falk Dead at 83

24 June 2011 1:10 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

TMZ.com is reporting that 83 year old Peter Falk, known best for his role in ‘Columbo’ died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home the evening of June 23, 2011. According to reports he had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Peter also starred in “Princess Bride”, “The Great Race” and “Brigadoon” and more recently as Father Randolph in 2009′s “American Cowslip” with co-stars Val Kilmer, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Diane Ladd, Cloris Leachman and Rip Torn. Peter’s remarkable career in film and television spanned over 50 years. Peter is survived by his wife, Shera and two daughters. “If your mind is at work, we’re in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can »

- Brian Corder

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Peter Falk, Who Bridged Art and Entertainment With Cassavetes and ‘Columbo,’ Dies at 83

24 June 2011 11:28 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If there is one person who could represent to me all the things that are wonderful about acting for a living, that man would probably be Peter Falk. His was the perfect embodiment of a career built as a graceful bridge between art and entertainment. On one side there are Wings of Desire and his films with John Cassavetes, and on the other are pop-culture icons Columbo and The Princess Bride. Mr. Falk had suffered from several age-related ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, and his family confirmed today that he passed away last night in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. Peter Falk had the greatest, handsomest lopsided face in movies. He could have a gently rambling demeanor, or, bending his neck and slumping his shoulders, he could conceal and then deploy a sly, even wicked intelligence. He had a voice that made me wish there was a hidden community somewhere -- a Brigadoon-like burg, »

- Russ Fischer

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'Columbo' Star and Oscar Nominee Peter Falk Passes Away at Age 83

24 June 2011 11:25 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

While it's pretty much a cliché for detectives to adorn trench coats, fewer on-screen investigators wore the signature wardrobe as well as Peter Falk when he played iconic TV detective "Columbo." While the actor is better know for his work in television, he also leaves behind a legacy in film as TMZ reports Falk has sadly passed away at age 83.  In the last years of his life, the actor became plagued with dementia and tragically it has been said that he couldn't even remember his iconic role as Lieutenant Columbo on TV. Thankfully, audiences spanning generations will remember the actor through is many performances on TV and film. Aside from the aforementioned classic detective series, Falk also received two Academy Award nominations for the 1960 film Murder, Inc. and the 1961 film Pocketful of Miracles. In addition, the actor also appeared in films like Brigadoon, The Great Race, Wings of »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies

24 June 2011 10:35 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Peter Falk -- star of the TV show " Columbo " -- died last night ... TMZ has learned. Falk -- who suffered from Alzheimer's disease -- was 83. A rep for the family tells TMZ, "Peter Falk, 83-year-old Academy Award nominee and star of television series, 'Columbo', died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011." The rep continued, "Peter Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage. »

- TMZ Staff

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