"Columbo" Passes Away at 83
Another TV legend leaves us with only the memories of how true talent and classical training could make for truly engaging entertainment.
Peter Falk passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after a long and painful battle with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife Shera Danese Folk of nearly 34 years, and two children. His daughter Catherine Folk is a real life private detective.
Folk is best known for playing Columbo, America’s favorite detective for over 32 years. The raincoat, complete with a cigar and a slouch, his character was filled with signature trademarks that will be forever etched into our pop culture.
He lived quite a life, before starting out as an actor he wanted to be in the Marines but was rejected due to his blind eye. At one point, he was even a Certified Public Account.
In addition to Columbo, Falk is also known for his comedic timing in the 1979 comedy “The In-Laws,” co-starring Alan Arkin. Falk’s last appearance was in the 2009 film “American Cowslip.”
After being diagnosed with dementia brought on by Alzheimer’s in 2008, it was reported that did not remember very much of his signature character Columbo. This serves as a sad reminder of what the terrors of Alzheimer’s can do to a person.
In classic Columbo fashion: “One more thing,” there will never be another talent of his magnitude.