Actor Peter Falk died last night, at the age of 83.
He was best known for playing the rumpled detective Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo, originally on the air from 1971 through 1978, then revived in TV movies after 1989.
Peter Falk was born in New York in 1927. From the New York stage he began working in television in the late 1950s. He guest starred in dozens of shows and appeared in several movies in the ’60s and won two Oscar nominations, one for Murder, Inc. (1960) and one for Pocketful of Miracles (1961).
He was friends with actor/filmmaker John Cassavetes and appeared with him in Husbands (1970) and Mikey and Nicky (1976).
Younger moviegoers remember Falk as the reading grandfather in the movie The Princess Bride (1987):