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Peter Falk from Celebrity Deaths: 2011's Fallen Stars

Peter Falk The Emmy-winning Columbo star—and Princess Bride's book-reading grandpa!—passed away at his home in Beverly Hills. Falk, who reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 83.

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Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and Next, and television guest roles. He was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe Award once.

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Peter Falk is one of my heroes. He's also looking mighty hipster in this pic.

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The GQ 100

The Cassavetes Crew From left: Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, and John Cassavetes on the set of the 1970 film Husbands. Read More

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Peter Falk 1 year without him, I miss him. "There is one last thing I wanted to ask..." Miss you dear Actor, Person, Colombo...

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Peter Falk as Columbo a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department

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Gallery Books to publish an investigative book about Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina

2011 in film and TV : Peter Falk, American actor, died June 23, of Alzheimer's disease, at the age of 83; pictured in his role as television detective "Colombo"

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