Major General Martin Hollister

Eddie Albert

EPISODE 5


Columbo Villains -  Major General Martin Hollister

Last Words to Columbo: "I assume ballistics has checked out the gun?"



In "Dead Weight", in an attempt to prevent his embezzlement of military funds from being exposed, Major General Martin Hollister (Played by Eddie Albert) resorts to murder by killing one of his associates. Unfortunately for him, his actions are witnessed by a young woman. In an effort to throw off the police investigation, The General seduces her to the best of his abilities. Despite his efforts, Lt. Columbo begins to uncover evidence that points to the general's involvement in the murder. As the investigation unfolds, Columbo discovers the general's embezzlement scheme and how far he was willing to go to keep it hidden. With the help of the young woman who was seduced by the general, Columbo is able to gather enough evidence to bring the retired general to justice for his crimes.
Eddie Albert was an American actor and activist, born on April 22, 1906, in Rock Island, Illinois, USA, and died on May 26, 2005, in Pacific Palisades, California, USA. Albert began his acting career on Broadway in the 1930s and later transitioned to film and television. He appeared in over 200 films and TV shows, including "Roman Holiday," "The Heartbreak Kid," and "Green Acres," for which he received three Emmy nominations. He was also a talented singer and dancer, with a background in vaudeville. Throughout his career, Albert was known for his versatility as an actor, appearing in a wide range of roles, from comedy to drama. He was also a passionate environmentalist and humanitarian, and was involved in many charitable organizations throughout his life. In addition to his acting work, Albert was also a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a landing craft officer during the Battle of Tarawa. He received several awards for his military service, including a Bronze Star Medal.