Peter Michael Falk (16th September 1927 - 23rd June 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films and television guest roles and was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once. Director William Friedkin, when discussing Falk's role in his 1978 film The Brink's Job said that "Peter has a great range from comedy to drama. He could break your heart or he could make you laugh." Falk died at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 83. According to his daughter, Catherine Falk, the actor had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Falk was survived by his wife and two daughters.