BEVERLY HILLS (BNO NEWS) — Actor Peter Falk, who was best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television detective series with the same name, died on late Thursday evening. He was 83.
A statement released by his family said Falk died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, California. It gave no details about the cause of his death, but the actor had long been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Falk was nominated for an Academy Award twice, one for the 1960 movie ‘Murder, Inc.’ and another for the 1961 comedy film ‘Pocketful of Miracles.’ He also won five Emmy Awards, four of them for his role in ‘Columbo.’
Falk’s final film appearance was in the 2009 movie ‘American Cowslip,’ bringing to an end his 50-year career. He is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage.