Joe Devlin

Clive Revill


Columbo Villains -  Joe Devlin

Last Words to Columbo: "Are you sure you won't join me Lieutenant?"

In The Conspirators, Joe Devlin (played by Clive Revill), an Irish poet, singer, and storyteller, operates covertly as a terrorist. In Los Angeles, he masquerades as a charitable fundraiser for terrorism victims, all while supporting the IRA and supplying them with arms. During a transaction with an arms dealer, who attempts to embezzle $50,000, Devlin executes the traitor for his disloyalty. Unbeknownst to Devlin, the dealer possesses his latest book, inscribed by the poet-terrorist himself. He likes a drink and gets Columbo pretty drunk too.
Clive Revell was born on April 18, 1930, in Wellington, New Zealand. He began his acting career in New Zealand before moving to London in the 1950s to pursue further opportunities. Revell appeared in many stage productions in London's West End, including "Irma La Douce," "Half a Sixpence," and "The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd." In the 1960s, Revell began working in television and film, and he appeared in many popular TV shows, such as "The Avengers," "The Saint," and "The Prisoner." In addition to his work in film and television, Revell was a well-respected voice actor, lending his voice to many animated shows, including "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" and "Batman: The Animated Series." He continued to work in film and television until his retirement in 2002.