By Jeff Labrecque
Updated July 04, 2011 at 06:30 PM EDT
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Peter Falk died on June 23 at the age of 83, and while most fans know him best from his starring turn as Columbo or the kindly grandfather from The Princess Bride, Wim Wenders had the distinction of directing him twice, in Wings of Desire (1987) and Faraway, So Close (1993). The German director put his thoughts about the beloved actor on paper in a tribute for People, titled “About Peter Falk.” Wenders had found himself in a jam during the shooting of Wings of Desire, and at the last moment, he decided he needed an actor to play an ex-angel. Falk was the only person he considered, and surprisingly, the star agreed on a moment’s notice to come to Berlin to play the role.

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