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Peter Falk, Grave and Tombstone, Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, photo

Peter Falk, Grave and Tombstone, Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, photo

The tombstone and grave site of Peter Falk, best known for his role as the homicide detective, Lt. Columbo. Falk was born as Peter Michael Falk in New York City, New York on September 16, 1927. He lost his right eye to cancer as a three year old which resulted in his wearing an artificial eye and developing his trademark eye squint. His acting career spanned more than fifty years; his first professional appearance was in a Broadway show in 1956. This was followed by appearances in more than sixty films between 1958 and 2009 plus numerous appearances in various television episodes.

Despite his success in a wide variety of roles ranging from drama to comedy, he is most remembered as the seemingly bumbling, inept and disorganized homicide detective who in the end, always solved the crime to the surprise of the perpetrator. His first appearance as Columbo came in 1968 and the series continued until 1978. The series was again revived from 1989 to 1990 and then was followed by a series of Columbo specials that were broadcast between 1990 and 2003. In all, Falk played the role of Columbo during 69 episodes.

Peter Falk died of pneumonia on June 23, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. He was 83 years old. Falk's mental abilities rapidly declined during the last couple of years of his life. His personal doctor stated that Falk did not recognize the name Columbo and he did not know who played the character. The remains of Peter Falk are buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The inscription on the tombstone reads, "I'm Not Here, I'm Home With Shera", a reference to his wife, Shera Danese, who also appeared in several episodes of Columbo.

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