Peter Falk - American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Frank Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and Next, and television guest roles.
Columbo (1971 - 1998, 2000, 2003) was icoic 70's detective, single man who deduction abilities and "Oh, there's just one more thing...". Storytelling invention - first is the crime and the guilty person show, then viewer tries to figure out what is the detail that went wrong. We know more than our hero with is raincoat - but we never quess it. Influence can be seen in polculture and all "Hercule Poirot" style detecitive series, most recent is Monk