Max Barsini

Patrick Bauchau


Columbo Villains -  Max Barsini

Last Words to Columbo: "In the end, the hand paints what the eye sees. Do you think I could show that to Mrs Columbo?"

In "Murder, A Self-Portrait", Max Barsini (played by Patrick Bauchau) is an artist who lives with three women in an unusual arrangement. His wife Vanessa and his live-in model Julie share the space with him, while his first wife Louise resides next door. Max enjoys the power play between the women vying for his affection, but he also craves control over them. When Louise begins seeing a psychologist, Max worries she will reveal a dangerous secret he will do anything to protect, including murder. Max stages Louise's death as a drowning, but Lt. Columbo is suspicious and investigates the case.
Patrick Bauchau is a Belgian actor who was born on December 6, 1938. He has appeared in numerous films and television series throughout his career. Bauchau began his acting career in the 1970s and has worked in both Europe and the United States. Some of his notable film roles include "A View to a Kill," "The Cell," "Clear and Present Danger," and "Panic Room." In addition to his film work, Bauchau has also appeared in several television series, including "The Pretender," "Carnivale," and "Kindred: The Embraced." He is also known for his work in theater, having appeared in productions in both Europe and the United States. Bauchau is fluent in several languages, including French, English, and German, and has played roles in all three languages throughout his career. He has been recognized for his contributions to the arts, receiving the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2002.