'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dead at 83

"Original," "unique," and "one of a kind" are terms that get used fairly often when talking about the actors and actresses we adore -- but once in a while those terms truly FIT the person under discussion. Today we lost an original, a unique performer, and a wonderfully one of a kind personality: the perpetually lovable Peter Falk has passed away at the age of 83.

Best known for his squinty eyes, his creaky voice and his fantastic dry delivery, Peter Falk dominated the airwaves in Columbo throughout the 1970s, but to several generations of movie buffs, he was the fast-talking con man in The In-Laws, the flawlessly affectionate grandpa in The Princess Bride, the clever self-parody in Murder By Death, and dozens of other roles. Mr. Falk did fine films with excellent directors, but even in the lesser projects he brought a world-weary charm, an infectious energy, and, quite simply, a whole lot of character.
 
Veteran of over 100 films and TV shows, one of the most "impersonated" celebrities of all time, and one of those admirable character actors who leaped across generational divides without breaking a sweat, Peter Falk was the textbook definition of "unique," "original," and "one of a kind." We'll never see another Peter Falk -- but we do have countless hours of his work to pore over. And that stuff will last forever.
 
For a full listing of Peter Falk's rather eclectic filmography, check out his Fandango page right here and please do share your own favorite moments of Falking brilliance in the comments section below. On behalf of the whole Fandango team: our deep condolences to Mr. Falk's friends and family.
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