R.I.P. Peter Falk (1927–2011)

My dad loved “Columbo”, and as a result, I loved him, too. So it’s my sad job to report that Peter Falk, the man who played the great Police Detective Columbo on TV for many years and through three and a half decades on and off, has passed away at the age of 83.

Reports had Falk suffering from Alzheimer’s in recent years, until his death in Los Angeles Thursday night. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The 4-time Emmy Award winner is known to a legion of fans as the wily police Detective Columbo, whose shabby appearance, wrinkled brown longcoat, and constant mention of his never-seen wife lured many a too-smart-for-their-own-good killers into a sense of superiority, only to realize too late that their smugness was unjustified. His last Columbo outing was 2003’s “Columbo Likes the Nightlife”, one of many made-for-TV movies that Falk continued to do in-between movie gigs. I’ve loved all of them, even as an adult.


Oh, and just one more thing, sir …