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As rumpled TV detective Columbo and the grandfather in The Princess Bride, Peter Falk delighted audiences with his quirky charm. But Falk, who died June 23 at the age of 83, was accomplished in drama, nominated twice for an Oscar in 1960's Murder, Inc., and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles. In 1987, Falk began an association with acclaimed German film director Wim Wenders, appearing in Wings of Desire and its 1993 followup Faraway, So Close. Here, the director pays tribute to Falk in an exclusive essay: About Peter Falk "An Ex-Angel does not have a Grandma!" I remember that night, probably into the third week of shooting Wings of Desire, »

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