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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Peter Falk, star of TV’s ‘Columbo,’ dies at age 83


Peter Falk (Damian Dovarganes - AP)
Peter Falk, the actor best known for starring on the hit television series “Columbo,” has died. He was 83.

(Gallery: Peter Falk)

A rep for the family confirmed that the five time Emmy-winner passed away at his Beverly Hills home Thursday evening. The cause of death was not immediately known. Falk was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to his daughter Catherine Falk.

In addition to playing Lt. Columbo for a number of seasons, the character actor starred in several films, playing the grandfather in “The Princess Bride,” and was nominated for two Oscars for his roles in ”Murder, Inc.” and “Pocketful of Miracles.”

In a 1983 interview with The Washington Post, writer Megan Rosenfeld asked Falk if he thought he would become an actor. “I no more thought I’d be in television or movies than I thought of walking around naked with a feather up my [expletive],” he replied. “When I was a kid I thought an artist was a European.”

When asked if he considered himself an artist, he replied, “No. Maybe some days. It depends how lenient you are with your definition of artist. If you're going to include those who tap dance at the high school recital, then maybe I am.”

Watch Falk play Lt. Columbo and roast Dean Martin below:

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