Dexter and Norman Paris

Martin Landau

EPISODE 17


Columbo Villains -  Dexter and Norman Paris

Last Words to Columbo: ""whats done is done, it's obvious. I'm just sorry you had to be here" "Shut up!!!!!""



Television chef Dexter Paris and his twin brother Norman, a conservative banker, both disapprove of their wealthy uncle Clifford's impending marriage to a young woman. Despite supposedly not talking to each other, the brothers scheme to murder their uncle to secure their inheritance. One of them sneaks into Clifford's bathroom and drops a faulty electric mixer into his bathwater, resulting in his electrocution. To cover their tracks, the murderer stages the crime scene to make it appear as if Clifford died of natural causes. However, Lieutenant Columbo, the shrewd and persistent detective, suspects foul play and zeroes in on the Paris twins as the prime suspects. With his trademark rumpled raincoat and unrelenting questioning, Columbo sets out to uncover which brother is the true culprit in this complex and cunning murder case.
Martin Landau (1928-2017) was an American actor who had a prolific career spanning over six decades. He started out in theater before transitioning to film and television in the 1950s. Landau was known for his versatility and ability to portray a wide range of characters, from sympathetic heroes to sinister villains. Landau was nominated for three Academy Awards throughout his career, winning Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film "Ed Wood". He also won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the television series "Mission: Impossible".