NBC (ended 2003)
|I agree he is so menacing, I don't know how he played good guys! Great actor, I also had a huge crush on him from his Prisoner days.|
Jack Cassidy is my favourite, along with Ruth Gordon.
That said, there really isn't a mediocre murderer in the regular series' years. They are all great! What a testament to a television programme!
Ruth Gordon, in "Try and Catch Me" was my favorite. I really did not want Columbo to find the evidence. Unfortunately, for a mystery writer, she didn't really plan very well.
I guess I am making a distinction between favorite murderer and best murder plan. Not sure on best plan, need to think about that one some more.
That's a tough one...as other posters have said, there were so many great murderers over the years on Columbo. I guess I would do my Top Five.
5. Robert Conrad in "An Exercise In Fatality"
4. Dick Van Dyke in "Negative Reaction"
3. Johnny Cash in "Swan Song"
2. Patrick McGoohan in "Identity Crisis"
1. Jack Cassidy in "Now You See Him"