'Columbo' star Peter Falk passes away

Jul 12, 2011

TV star Peter Falk dies at 83

The crime solving television star Peter Falk lost his long battle with Alzheimer's disease on Friday, according to his family. It is unknown how long the actor had been suffering from the disease and his passing sheds light on the importance of having a life insurance policy at any age.

The actor, best know for his role as Lieutenant Frank Columbo, was 83. Falk played his most famous role for the first time in a 1968 TV movie, which then led to a second film and eventually a TV series. The show only ran for eight years but even after its cancellation Falk would still make Columbo TV movies, the media outlet reports.

Falk received two Oscar nominations for his work in Murder Inc. and Pocket Full of Miracles, and he won five Emmys. The actor's interest in the performing arts was sparked after he appeared in a production of "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan, according to the Washington Post.

Falk had his right eye removed when he was three because of a cancerous growth and some thought that would keep him out of show businesses.  

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