Peter Falk, best known to American TV audiences as the rumpled, absent-minded detective, Lieutenant Frank Colombo on the series “Colombo,” died June 23, in his Beverley Hills home. The cause of death was not announced, but the 83-year-old Falk suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years.
Falk portrayed Colombo on TV, in the series and several made for TV movies, and won four Emmy awards for his performances. He also appeared in a number of films, including “Murder, Inc.,” “Robin and the Seven Hoods,” and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
“Colombo” was on prime time TV for 30 years, and established its main character as an icon of movie cops.
Falk was born Peter Michael Falk, September 16, 1927 in New York City, and grew up in Ossining. He had an eye removed at age 3 because of cancer and this is what caused his trademark squint. At the start of his career as an actor, a New York agent told him he would never make it in movies because of the false eye. Falk went on to receive, in addition to his Emmys, two Oscar nominations for his work in movies.
Falk is survived by his wife Shera and two daughters.