Ken Franklin

Jack Cassidy


Columbo Villains -  Ken Franklin

Last Words to Columbo: "Whoever thought the idiot would write it down"

In "Murder by the Book" Ken Franklin (played by Jack Cassidy) and Jim Ferris were once a mystery-writing duo until Ferris, who had done all the actual writing, decided to break it off and go solo in 1971. This left Franklin in a bind, as he had become accustomed to an expensive lifestyle. In a desperate attempt to maintain his lavish lifestyle, Franklin decided to murder Ferris. However, his troubles did not end there. The general store owner, Lily La Sanka, discovered Franklin's crime and threatened to blackmail him with her own witness testimony. In a panicked attempt to cover his tracks, Franklin was forced to murder La Sanka as well.
This was Jack Cassidy's first appearance in Columbo. Jack Cassidy was an American actor and singer born on March 5, 1927, in New York City. He began his career as a stage actor, appearing in numerous Broadway productions throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, including the musicals "Wish You Were Here" and "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!" In the 1960s, Cassidy transitioned to television and film, appearing in popular TV shows like "The Addams Family," "Bewitched," and "Columbo." He was also a frequent guest on game shows and variety shows, showcasing his talent as a singer and performer. Cassidy was known for his good looks, charm, and versatile acting skills. He was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway, and he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his guest appearance on the TV show "Police Story" in 1978. Sadly, Cassidy's life was cut short when he died in a tragic fire at his apartment in Los Angeles on December 12, 1976. He was 49 years old. Despite his untimely death, Cassidy's talent and contributions to the entertainment industry have not been forgotten, and he is remembered as a gifted actor and performer.