Peter Falk, who was best known as the unkempt but mentally sharp police detective Columbo in the series of the same name, died last night at age 83. His family released a statement that read: “Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011.” Falk, who lost his right eye to cancer at the age of three, suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease in his later years. During his more than 50-year career, he received two Oscar nominations and won a Golden Globe award and five Emmy awards, four of them for Columbo. He most recently appeared on the big screen in The Thing About My Folks in 2005, playing Paul Reiser‘s father. Falk leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Shera, as well as two daughters, Catherine and Jackie, from his first marriage.