Gone but not forgotten. Since his death on 23rd June, 2011, Peter Falk continues to hold a large part of the hearts of millions of fans. He remains a pop culture icon, thanks in no small part to his work on Columbo.
I like to to take some time each June and September to remember what he brought to the world. It’s hard to come up with new ways of paying my respects to Peter, but in this article I thought I’d share some of my favourite images and videos of the great man throughout his life.
I’ve put these forward because they’re ones that I think show off his charm and character, as well as a few of his greatest hits and variety of his work. And, naturally, Columbo looms large amongst them.
I keep adding new images to this gallery as more and more lovely images come to my attention. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
Young Peter – perhaps 10?
Peter in the role of Abe Reles in 1960’s Murder Inc – the film that really put him on the map
Alongside Elaine May in 1967 promotional photo for the movie Luv
Playing ball with daughter Catherine
One of the iconic production stills from ‘Husbands’, 1970
Eight months after they teamed up in Ransom For a Dead Man, Peter Falk and Lee Grant starred in ‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue‘ on Broadway
Sharing a joke with Dagger of the Mind co-star Bernard Fox in 1972
Alone at the LA Coliseum in 1972’s Columbo The Most Crucial Game
Peter’s Emmy Award acceptance speech from 1972 is legendary!
Hanging with James Caan in the mid-70s. What a cool pair!
On the set of Columbo, circa 1973
Rocking the Oscars as an award presenter in 1974
Peter Falk image from the February 1974 issue of Photoplay magazine
Magnificent portrait of Peter from the Dan Wynn archive