Dr. Bart Keppel

Robert Culp

EPISODE 21


Columbo Villains -  Dr. Bart Keppel

Last Words to Columbo: "you never would have solved it without using my technique"



Dr. Bart Keppel (played by Robert Culp) is a self-styled "motivation research specialist" and uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. He gets fired by Vic Norris, his effective boss. In response, he murders his whilst creating an airtight alibi for himself. He carries out the murder while providing commentary for a promotional short film, believing he has outsmarted everyone. However, Lt. Columbo is not easily fooled and begins to uncover the flaws in Bart's perfect plan.
Robert Culp was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He was born on August 16, 1930, in Oakland, California, and passed away on March 24, 2010. Culp began his career in the 1950s with guest roles on various television shows before gaining prominence in the 1960s as the co-star of the popular espionage series "I Spy," for which he received three Emmy nominations. Culp was also known for his roles in other TV shows such as "Trackdown," "The Greatest American Hero," and "Everybody Loves Raymond." He made appearances in a number of films, including "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Hannie Caulder," and "The Pelican Brief." He of course, played a Columbo Villain three times. In addition to his work as an actor, Culp also wrote screenplays and directed films and TV episodes. He received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for the 1969 film "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." Culp was regarded as a talented actor and versatile performer, known for his charm, wit, and ability to play both dramatic and comedic roles with ease.