Actor Peter Falk has died aged 83, CBS radio reports.
Famous for playing Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles.
A native of New York, Peter Falk began his acting career on shows Off-Broadway in the 1950's before moving to film first appearing in Wind Across the Everglades (1958), The Bloody Brood (1959) and Pretty Boy Floyd (1960)
Falk also managed minor roles in several TV drama's.
Peter Falk was of course best know for his role as Columbo in the 1960's and 70's.
Columbo was described as "an iconic cop, who always got his man" and was also described as an American Sherlock Holmes.
A TV critic wrote: "Columbo is an ass-backwards Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had a long neck, Columbo has no neck; Holmes smoked a pipe, Columbo chews up six cigars a day."
Peter Falk won four Emmy awards and one Golden Globe for his role in ‘Columbo.”
Falk has two adopted daughters from his first marriage in 1960.
He divorced his first wife and remarried in the 1970's, marring acrtess Shera Danese who guest-starred on Columbo several times.
Falk died Thursday night, his family said. Its believed Peter Falk was suffering from demintia in recent yeras.