Peter Falk dies at 83 in Beverly Hills.
No cause of death was given, but the veteran character actor had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The gravelly voiced Falk was best known for his portrayal of the trench coat wearing detective on the long running “Columbo.”
He received four Emmy awards for his starring role on the series, and his portrayal of the seemingly absent-minded investigator made Falk a television icon. The series ran from 1971-78 on NBC and launched several later television movies that aired on ABC.
He also was a key member of iconoclastic filmmaker John Cassavetes’ regular ensemble, starring in such independent film classics as “A Woman Under the Influence” (1974).