Actor Peter Falk died last night at his home in Beverly Hills, a family spokesman tells CBS News radio. The cause of death wasn't disclosed, but the 83-year-old actor's daughter said in 2008 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's.
Falk's filthy trenchcoat and chewed-off cigar on the NBC detective series Columbo made him a television icon, but he was also a favorite of serious directors like John Cassavetes and received back-to-back Best Supporting Actor nominations in 1960 (Murder Inc.) and 1961 (Pocketful of Miracles). And in 1987, he famously read a book called The Princess Bride to his sick grandson. He will be missed.
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