Eric Prince

Patrick McGoohan

EPISODE 67


Columbo Villains -  Eric Prince

Last Words to Columbo: "I’m wondering if we should travel separately or…eh.. if you’d care to join me?"



In "Ashes to Ashes" Verity Chandler, a Hollywood gossip reporter, is in the midst of planning her next big exposé on famed mortician Eric Prince (played by Patrick McGoohan) and his shady business practices. However, when she confronts Prince about her plans, he becomes enraged and murders her in cold blood. To cover his tracks, he places her body in a casket scheduled for cremation and disposes of her remains. Prince then goes to great lengths to cover up his crime, breaking into Chandler's home to alter her notes and make it seem like someone else was after her. When her disappearance is reported to the police, Lt. Columbo is assigned to the case and begins piecing together the clues. Through his investigation, Columbo eventually uncovers Prince's involvement in Chandler's murder and confronts him with the evidence. Despite Prince's attempts to cover up his crime, Columbo's sharp mind and keen attention to detail ultimately lead to his downfall.
Patrick McGoohan was an Irish-American actor, writer, and director born on March 19, 1928, in Queens, New York. He is best known for his work on the cult classic TV series "The Prisoner," in which he played the enigmatic and rebellious Number Six. McGoohan began his career in the 1950s, appearing in various British films and television shows before rising to fame with "The Prisoner" in the late 1960s. He also directed and wrote several episodes of the series, showcasing his talents beyond acting. In addition to "The Prisoner," McGoohan appeared in a number of other notable films and TV shows throughout his career, including "Braveheart" (1995), "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979), and "Columbo" (1974-1990). McGoohan was known for his intensity and intelligence on screen, as well as his fiercely independent spirit and refusal to conform to Hollywood conventions. He passed away on January 13, 2009, at the age of 80, leaving behind a legacy as a unique and talented performer.