Hassan Sallah

Héctor Elizondo

EPISODE 33


Columbo Villains -  Hassan Sallah

Last Words to Columbo: "I am your prisoner"



Hassan Salah (played by Héctor Elizondo), the first secretary to the King of Suaria, has devised a plan to alter the balance of power in his government. To execute his scheme, he deceives an unsuspecting idealist in his embassy into assisting him in assassinating a respected security official, looting the safe, and framing the act on radicals. Lt. Columbo of the LAPD is now faced with a suspect who may be shielded from the repercussions of his wrongdoing.
Héctor Elizondo is a well-known American actor with a career spanning over five decades. He was born on December 22, 1936, in New York City, to Puerto Rican parents. He grew up in Spanish Harlem and attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. Elizondo began his acting career in the 1960s, appearing in off-Broadway productions and on various television shows. He gained recognition for his work in the 1970s, with notable appearances in movies such as "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974) and "American Gigolo" (1980). Throughout his career, Elizondo has worked in a wide range of genres, from drama to comedy, and has appeared in over 80 films and numerous television shows. He has also done voice work in animated films, including "The Book of Life" (2014). In addition to his acting career, Elizondo has been involved in philanthropic work, particularly with the Actors Fund of America, an organization that provides assistance to those in the entertainment industry