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    Image: Peter Falk as "Columbo," 1968 - 1978

    Peter Falk: 1927-2011

    The actor was beloved for his role as the rumpled detective "Columbo," but also starred in "The Princess Bride," "The Great Race," and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World."

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    Peter Falk: 1927-2011

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    'Columbo'

    Peter Falk died on June 24, 2011, at age 83. His most famous role was that of the rumpled police lieutenant on "Columbo." His character was notorious for seeming unthreatening and even slow-witted, then pausing before exiting to ask about "just one more thing." That seemingly casual "thing" inevitably cut to the heart of the crime and stunned the suspect.

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  • Image: Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk in "The Great Race," 1965

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    'The Great Race'

    In 1965's "The Great Race," Falk played Max Meen, the sidekick to Jack Lemmon's devilish Professor Fate. While not critically beloved, the film was a box-office smash and is fondly remembered by many.

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  • Image: "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," 1963

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    'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'

    An enormous all-star cast filled 1963's "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." Falk, seen behind Mickey Rooney (center, in red sweater), starred along with Dorothy Provine, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Edie Adams, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers and Dick Shawn. The film was presented in Cinerama, a widescreen projection process that involved synchronized cameras and a special movie screen.

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  • Image: "The Princess Bride," 1987

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    'The Princess Bride'

    A new generation met Falk in 1987's "The Princess Bride," where his wonderfully raspy voice narrated the film as he told a story to grandson Fred Savage.

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    'Wings of Desire'

    In 1987's "Wings of Desire," Falk played a filmmaker who was once an angel. The romantic fantasy, directed by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, is listed on many critics' lists of the best movies of all time.

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    Book of life

    In 2006, Falk released his memoir, titled "Just One More Thing" after Columbo's famous line.

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