Peter Falk became synonymous with one of TV’s most enduring franchises with his signature role as the disheveled and disarming Lt. But his long thesping career also encompassed John Cassavetes’ intense indie dramas, the Broadway stage and Hollywood hits including “The Great Race,” “The In-Laws” and “The Princess Bride.” Falk, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in recent years, died Thursday evening at his home in Beverly Hills. Falk earned four Emmys for his role as the rumpled, cigar-smoking Los Angeles police detective who famously never disclosed his first name.
In the “Columbo” telepics that Universal Television produced for NBC and ABC from the early 1970s on and off through 2003, Lt.
The telepics, which ranged over the years from 90 minutes to two hours, became a worldwide phenomenon for U.
The series was known for its notable casting of guest stars, which included Ray Milland, Myrna Loy, Don Ameche, Janet Leigh, Anne Francis, Roddy Mc Dowall, Jackie Cooper, Ida Lupino, Faye Dunaway and Lee Grant.
Radar Online goes on to report that the actor had been estranged from Catherine for some time, and suspected that she would challenge the will - so a clause is present to ensure she loses all of her inheritance, if she in any way contests his instructions.
After his stint in the Marines, Falk applied to join the CIA but was rejected and turned to acting - he made his debut as Richard III in Hartford, Connecticut where he was working as a management analyst before leaving for his native New York to pursue an acting career.
Shera met Peter Falk on the set of the TV series Columbo and became his second wife on December 7, 1977.
Her acting career began in 1976 with a part in one episode of One Day at a Time.
Her other television credits include roles on Serpico, Baretta, Three's Company, Kojak, Family, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels.
He made his Broadway debut as the young Joseph Stalin in The Passion of Joseph D in 1964.
His film debut came in 1958 in Wind Across The Everglades and followed it with a small role in The Bloody Brood.