Mr. Falk had a wide-ranging career in comedy and drama, in the movies and onstage, before and during the three and a half decades in which he portrayed the slovenly but canny lead on “Columbo.” He was nominated for two Oscars; appeared in original stage productions of works by Paddy Chayefsky, Neil Simon and Arthur Miller; worked with the directors Frank Capra, John Cassavetes, Blake Edwards and Mike Nichols; and co-starred with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis and Jason Robards.
But like that of his contemporary Telly Savalas, of “Kojak” fame, Mr. Falk’s prime-time popularity was founded on a single role.
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Rest in peace, Lieutenant. And we're all deeply, deeply sorry about that whole "Mrs. Columbo" thing.
Okay, okay, we can't end this tribute without at least a quick taste from "The In-Laws:"