Columbo frequently liked the murderers he's after, too. "They're nice people."
Everyone knows about his glass eye, lost in a childhood bout with cancer. And that he appeared in quite a few of Cassavetes's films, including Husbands, Mikey and Nicky, and A Woman Under the Influence.
But many of his other roles in films have resonated as much, if not more, than these classic roles for me:
I have always loved him as a comedic side-kick, in such films as The Great Race, Pocketful of Miracles, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Robin and the Seven Hoods.
He is wonderful as the wise grandfather who narrates The Princess Bride.
He is an absolute angel in Wim Wenders's beautiful Wings of Desire. "I can't see you, but I know you're here."
Falk apparently suffered from dementia in recent years, which adds a sad note of irony to his iconic character, the memory-challenged Columbo. Falk himself was always memorable and delightful to watch.
R.I.P. Peter Falk ♥♥♥