Peter Falk's friends and co-stars pay tribute to the late actor

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Following the sad passing of Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series Columbo and the beloved 1987 fantasy The Princess Bride, friends and industry veterans who have worked with the actor have begun filing their tributes for the late star, who died Thursday night at 83 years old. Read what some of them had to say about Falk after the jump. (Check back for more words from Falk’s loved ones later.)

Steven Spielberg, who directed Falk in one of the first episodes of Columbo in 1971: “Peter was the same kind of digger as an actor as his character Columbo was in finding the truth in that great tv series. He was a blast to work with and I learned more about acting from him at that early stage of my career than I had from anyone else.”

Jon Favreau, who co-starred with Falk in Favreau’s directorial debut, 2001′s Made: “He was a pioneer of independent film and redefined what you could do on television. He brought tremendous truth and honesty to his performances. I was blessed to have worked with him.”

Elaine Stritch, who co-starred with Falk in the TV series The Trials of O’Brien: “He was such a multi-talented young man, and I loved him dearly.”

Patricia Heaton, who co-starred with Falk in 2001′s A Town Without Christmas: “Peter Falk was a joy to work with. He had a great sense of humor and was a master of his craft, with an ease and subtlety that made it look so easy. I consider it a privilege to have gotten to work with him.”

(Reporting by Lanford Beard, Jeff Labrecque, and Adam B. Vary)

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  • Joy

    Columbo was one of my favorite TV detective characters. Rest in peace Peter Falk.

  • Patricia Chura

    Anything Peter Falk acted in was a joy to watch. Re-runs of Columbo rank right up there with the best of television. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

  • MissMel

    My favorite Falk performance is the movie “Roommates” with D.B. Sweeney. I still cry every time I watch it.

    • Jane P

      Isn’t that the one where they were gay lovers set against a 50′s backdrop?

      Excellent movie.

      • john mitchell

        To Jane P: I am not sure either Jane, but I thought “Roommates was about a Grandson and Grandfather, or a Son and Father who were estranged for years, and are then forced to share a house together. Great movie none the less!

  • DE

    Farewell, Columbo

  • kara

    May God bless Peter Falk. What an
    extraordinary talent who gave us so much pleasure. Our only consolation today is that he will remain with us forever through his magnificent performances.

  • sandra

    Rest In Peace Mr Columbo xx

  • sandra

    Rest In Peace Mr Columbo xxx

  • Mitch

    Rest in Pieces, Mr. Columbo

  • Pkz

    I loved Columbo reruns as a kid. I also think he did some great movies especially Wings of Desire RIP.

  • robert mclaughlin

    what a great character played by peter falk columbo was,peter will be rembered for this role for a long time to come.hope the reruns keep going on television.

  • RRworker

    RIP, Peter. I used to see him regularly at the Tiny Naylor’s restaurant on Ventura Blvd., dressed as Columbo. He was a really nice fellow, and had the kindest eyes I ever saw. He will be missed!

    • john mitchell

      Wonderful comment by rrworker! Thank-you! I never met him, but I have met some of the actors from shows I watched growing up like; Leonard Nimoy, Ernest Borgnine, Linda Hamilton, and Nichelle Nichols. They where all very friendly and approachable, and they genuinely were grateful to their fans for tuning in every week. It sounds like Mr. Falk was the same way. Rest in peace dear friend!

  • John Crowther

    Peter Falk – and his much-loved character ‘Columbo’ – will be remembered with great admiration and affection long after many new faces have passed.

  • Alison Ransom

    if you didn’t like Peter Falk fair enough but keep ypur foul mouthed remarks to yourself and your therapist. very sad

  • Stone Wallace

    Long after the “flavors of the week” are long forgotten, the talented, kind and generous Mr. Falk will remain immortal.

  • Clete

    I never saw Peter Falk in anything that he didn’t do well. Loved him in Columbo. A truly gifted actor and I understand a fine person. RIP.

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