Actor Peter Falk died last night at the age of 83. Younger people may only know of Falk as the grandfather storyteller from The Princess Bride, but everyone else pretty much knew him as Lt. Columbo, the clever rumpled police detective he began playing on TV in the 1970s.
Comedian Kevin Pollak has been doing a Falk/Columbo impersonation for decades, too. Here he is from a 1991 special.
And here’s the real deal Peter Falk playing Columbo for a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra in the late 1970s. Roll it!
Falk also was great in such flicks as The In-Laws, The Brink’s Job and Wings of Desire. He won a Tony, a Golden Globe, five Emmys and was nominated twice for an Academy Award (for 1960’s Murder, Inc. and 1961’s Pocketful of Miracles). And he did it all with a glass eye. Rest in peace.