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When news spread on June 24 of Columbo star Peter Falk‘s death at age 83, Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn and reminisce.
“Sad day indeed,” Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) tweeted. “Peter Falk, that funny, cheerful guy. ‘Serpentine Shelley, Serpentine.'”
Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) agreed: “Peter Falk was a dear man and a great actor. This one hurts.”
And director Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) added, “We lost a legend today. Peter Falk was a true original.”
Body of Proof star Dana Delany (@DanaDelaney) noted, “I wrote my first fan letter to Peter Falk after seeing him in Prisoner of 2nd Ave on Bway when I was 15. No actor like him. Thank you sir.”
In a lengthy tweet, Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) reminisced on his work with Falk in the Geffen Playhouse production of Defiled in 2000. “It was not always easy,” Alexander wrote, “but it was always fascinating and worthwhile. We ultimately became good working chums and he was very supportive and complimentary about me and the work. […] If there are any crimes in the afterlife, Peter is there cracking it wide open right now and doing so with style, humor and several lifetimes worth of charm and talent.”
“RIP Peter Falk aka Columbo. The most original & fun detective ever created!! Thank you! xoxo,” wrote actress Ming-Na (@MingNa), late of Stargate Universe.
Steven Weber (@TheStevenWeber) tweeted, “Hung out with Peter Falk many years back. He arrived late to a party wearing a tux. We smoked cigarettes. He was extremely cool…”
Joy Behar, Jonah Hill, Talib Kweli, Alyssa Milano, and Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown also expressed their condolences.
Later that night, after the New York State Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, comedian Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) chimed in: “And yet it’s too late for me to marry Peter Falk #bittersweet”.
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