Colonel Lyle C. Rumford

Patrick McGoohan

EPISODE 28


Columbo Villains -  Colonel Lyle C. Rumford

Last Words to Columbo: "give me a moment"



Colonel Lyle C. Rumford is the proud commandant of a military academy and he is outraged when he discovers that the owner of the property, William Haynes, intends to transform it into a co-educational college. In order to prevent this from happening, Rumford devises a plan to murder Haynes during a ceremony where he is due to fire a cannon. He blocks the discharge of the cannon with a cleaning rag, causing it to backfire and kill Haynes. He then makes it look like an unfortunate accident caused by a clumsy attendant. When the Los Angeles Police Department's Lieutenant Columbo arrives at the academy to investigate Haynes' death, he quickly suspects that Rumford was involved in the explosion, which he believes was not accidental. Columbo relentlessly pursues evidence to prove that Rumford had both the motive and opportunity to rig the cannon. A great episode if you like brewing cider.
Patrick McGoohan was an American-born Irish actor, screenwriter, and director. He was born on March 19, 1928, in Astoria, Queens, New York, and raised in Ireland and England. McGoohan started his acting career in the late 1940s and early 1950s in British theatre and later moved on to film and television. McGoohan is best known for his iconic role as Number Six in the British TV series "The Prisoner" (1967-68). He also appeared in many other notable TV shows and films throughout his career, including "Danger Man" (1960-68), "Braveheart" (1995), and "A Time to Kill" (1996). McGoohan was a respected and versatile actor who won critical acclaim for his performances. He was nominated for several awards throughout his career, including four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. He passed away on January 13, 2009, at the age of 80.