No good episode of Columbo would be complete without a good antagonist for the detective to play off of.


Episode Villain Portrayed by Victim
Prescription: Murder Dr. Ray Fleming Gene Barry Carol Flemming
Ransom for a Dead Man Leslie Williams Lee Grant Paul Williams

The following characters appear as villains who did not actually commit murder;

Season 1Edit

Episode Villain Portrayed by Victim(s)
Murder by the Book Ken Franklin Jack Cassidy Jim Ferris, Lily La Sanka
Death Lends a Hand Carl Brimmer Robert Culp Lenore Brimmer
Dead Weight Major General Martin Hollister Eddie Albert Colonel Roger Dutton
Suitable for Framing Dale Kingston Ross Martin Rudy Matthews, Tracy O'Connor
Lady in Waiting Beth Chadwick Susan Clark Bryce Chadwick
Short Fuse Roger Stanford Roddy McDowall David "D.L." Buckner, Quincy
Blueprint for Murder Elliot Markham Patrick O'Neal Beau Williamson

The following characters appear as villains who did not actually commit murder;

  • Barbara Colby plays Lily La Sanka, a woman who becomes aware that Ken Franklin is a killer, but chooses to blackmail him into a relationship rather than turn him over the police in Murder by the Book.
  • Rosanna Huffman plays Tracy O'Connor, an aspiring artist who acts as Kingston's accomplice in Suitable for Framing.

Season 2Edit

Episode Villain(s) Portrayed by Victim
Étude in Black Alex Benedict John Cassavetes Jennifer Welles
The Greenhouse Jungle Jarvis Goodland Ray Milland Tony Goodland
The Most Crucial Game Paul Hanlon Robert Culp Eric Wagner
Dagger of the Mind Nicholas Frame and Lillian Stanhope Richard Baseheart and Honor Blackman Sir Roger Haversham, Tanner
Requiem for a Falling Star Nora Chandler Anne Baxter Jean Davis
A Stitch in Crime Dr. Barry Mayfield Leonard Nimoy Sharon Marshall, Harry Alexander
The Most Dangerous Match Emmett Clayton Laurence Harvey Tomlin Dudek
Double Shock Dexter and Norman Paris Martin Landau Clifford Paris, Lisa Chambers

The following characters appear as villains who did not actually commit murder;

Season 3Edit

Episode Villain(s) Portrayed by Victim(s)
Lovely But Lethal Viveca Scott Vera Miles Karl Lessing, Shirley Blaine
Any Old Port in a Storm Adrian Carsini Donald Pleasence Rick Carsini
Candidate for Crime Nelson Hayward Jackie Cooper Harry Stone
Double Exposure Dr. Bart Keppel Robert Culp Vic Norris, Roger White
Publish or Perish Eddie Kane, hired by Riley Greenleaf Jack Cassidy Alan Mallory, Eddie Kane (respectively)
Mind Over Mayhem Dr. Marshall Cahill José Ferrer Dr. Howard Nicholson
Swan Song Tommy Brown Johnny Cash Edna Basket Brown, Tina
A Friend in Deed Commissioner Mark Halperin and Hugh Caldwell Richard Kiley and Michael McGuire Margaret Halperin, Janice Caldwell (respectively)

The following characters appear as villains who did not actually commit murder;

Season 4Edit

Episode Villain(s) Portrayed by Victim(s)
An Excercise in Fatality Milo Janus Robert Conrad Gene Stafford
Negative Reaction Paul Galesko Dick Van Dyke Frances Galesko, Alvin Deschler
By Dawn's Early Light Colonel Lyle C. Rumford Patrick McGoohan William Haynes
Troubled Waters Hayden Danzinger Robert Vaughn Rosanna Wells
Playback Harold Van Wick Oskar Werner Margaret Midas
A Deadly State of Mind Dr. Mark Collier George Hamilton Carl and Nadia Donner

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