PetPeter Falker Falk, TV's rumpled Columbo, has died

Peter Falk

The best way to celebrate Peter Falk's life is to savor how Columbo, his autograph character, fortified our lives. Thanks to Falk's lovingly genuine portrayal, Lt. Columbo established himself for all time as a winner of any viewer who ever felt less than graceful, elegant or well-spoken.

Falk died Thursday at age 83 in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home, according to a announcement released Friday by family friend Larry Larson. In a court text filed in December 2008, Falk's daughter Catherine Falk said her father was pain from Alzheimer's disease.But Columbo lives on as the ideal of anyone with a stain on his tie, whose car isn't the sportiest, who typically seems clueless, and who get dissed by fancy people.

As a police detective, Columbo's interview system was famously disjointed, with his inevitable awkward after-thought ("Ahhh, there's just one more thing...") trying the tolerance of his suspect when he was previously halfway out the door.Columbo was underestimated, patronized or simply overlooked by practically everyone he met — especially the culprit.

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