Beverly Hills, CA—Peter Falk, best known for his portrayal of bumbling, wrinkled police Detective Lt. Columbo on NBC and ABC, died Friday. He was 83.
First portraying what turned into one of the most lovable and recognizable police detectives in TV history, Falk first donned his trardemark raincoat as Lt. Columbo in 1968. He would then go on to portray Columbo in an NBC anthology series from 1971-1978, and again on ABC from 1989-2003.
Falk was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1960’s “Murder, Inc.” and nominated again a year later in “Pocketful of Miracles.”
Falk lost his right eye at the age of three due to retinoblastoma. He wore a glass eye for most of his life.
He won four Emmy Awards during his career, four of which he won for portraying Lt. Columbo.
He was married twice and is survived by his wife Shera Danese and two daughters.