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"

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"

Peter Falk and His Wife Shera Danese

Peter Falk and His Wife Shera Danese

"Columbo" TV drama series starring Peter Falk. One of my favorites aired from 1971-2003.

"Columbo" TV drama series starring Peter Falk. One of my favorites aired from 1971-2003.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The Cassavetes Crew    From left: Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, and John Cassavetes on the set of the 1970 film Husbands.        Read More http://www.gq.com/style/gq-100/201204/gq-100-style-bible-april-2012#ixzz207h5y3Gq

The Cassavetes Crew From left: Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, and John Cassavetes on the set of the 1970 film Husbands. Read More http://www.gq.com/style/gq-100/201204/gq-100-style-bible-april-2012#ixzz207h5y3Gq

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