R.I.P. Peter Falk, Dead at 83

The star of Columbo, The Princess Bride and Wings of Desire passed away Thursday, June 23rd.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Obituaries are always hard to write, and Peter Falk's is certainly no different. The beloved TV and movie star died this past Thursday, June 23rd at the age of 83. The cause of death is unknown, but Falk was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. IMDb had the report.

Falk's bemused presence was a boon to every project, and even his glass eye (removed at a young age because of a malignant tumor) never seemed to hinder his career on-screen, which often views such superficial peculiarities as a negative. After making his debut on stage, Falk swiftly turned to film with such early roles in Murder, Inc. and Pocketful of Miracles (director Frank Capra's last film). The movies earned Falk back-to-back Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in 1961 and 1962, which would turn out to be his only two nominations despite a career in such acclaimed and popular movies as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Robin and the Seven Hoods, Machine Gun McCain, A Woman Under the Influence, The In-Laws and The Princess Bride.

Falk of course remains best known for his starring role in Columbo, a series about a charmingly nonchalant detective which ran on-and-off between 1971 and 2003. We're a big fan of one of Falk's later roles in Walter Hill's Undisputed, in which he played an imprisoned boxing enthusiast who manipulates the penal system to engineer a fight between two of his fellow inmates.

Peter Falk was a legend and, according to Wings of Desire, a bona fide angel. We believe it. He will be missed.