Dr. Ray Fleming

Gene Barry

EPISODE 1


Columbo Villains -  Dr. Ray Fleming

Last Words to Columbo: "Like an accident, Maybe"



A married psychiatrist (Dr Ray Flemming played by Gene Barry) is engaged in an affair, but his wife discovers the infidelity and threatens to divorce him and take everything he has. In an attempt to solve his problems, he conspires with his mistress to kill his wife and make it look like a burglary gone wrong. He leaves town to create an alibi, but upon his return, he finds that the investigation into his wife's death is being led by the quirky Lieutenant Columbo. The psychiatrist initially finds Columbo's questioning intrusive, but as the detective's investigation continues, he becomes more and more suspicious of the psychiatrist's involvement. Meanwhile, the psychiatrist's friend, an assistant district attorney, warns Columbo to be careful in his inquiries.
Gene Barry was an American actor born on June 14, 1919, in New York City, New York, USA. He was best known for his work on television, although he also appeared in films and on Broadway. Barry began his career on Broadway in the 1940s, and made his film debut in 1951's "The Atomic City." He later starred in several films, including "War of the Worlds" (1953) and "Forty Guns" (1957). However, Barry is perhaps best remembered for his work on television. He starred in three different series, each of which showcased his range as an actor. In "Bat Masterson" (1958-1961), he played the lead role of the dapper, gun-slinging Western hero. In "Burke's Law" (1963-1966), he portrayed a suave and sophisticated police detective who solved crimes in high society. And in "The Name of the Game" (1968-1971), he played a ruthless and powerful publishing executive. Barry continued to act in television throughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in a variety of series and made-for-TV movies. He was also a regular guest on talk shows and game shows. Gene Barry passed away on December 9, 2009, in Woodland Hills, California, USA, at the age of 90.