Just one more thing – Peter Falk has died
The actor Peter Falk — best known as the 1970s TV detective Columbo — has died at home in Beverly Hills at the age of 83.
He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and died peacefully in his sleep.
He lost an eye to a tumour at the age of three, which was to give him a distinctive squint that added to an appearance unconventional for a big name actor.
After a string of successful stage appearances on Broadway, Falk moved to Hollywood, and early on in his career, he picked up his two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor, for the early sixties films Murder Inc and Pocket Full of Miracles.
He continued to take supporting roles in films in the decades that followed, among the most memorable being Fred Savage’s grandfather in The Princess Bride and a cameo as himself in Robert Altman’s industry satire The Player.
But he’ll be best remembered as the unkempt, mac-wearing, cigar-smoking TV detective Lieutenant Columbo, a role which won him four of his five Emmy Awards.
For much of the 1970s and 1990s, Columbo arrested the most devious murderers by catching them off guard with his catch-phrase as he was leaving after an unnerving interrogation session: “Oh…and just one more thing.”