Oscar Finch

Patrick McGoohan

EPISODE 52


Columbo Villains -  Oscar Finch

Last Words to Columbo: "One bite of cheeseā€¦"



In "Agenda for Murder", Professional Lawyer Oscar Finch (played by Patrick McGoohan) uses illegal and unethical methods to get his clients off, including bribing Paul Mackey, a former employee of the D.A.'s office, into destroying evidence. Now a congressman and a potential vice-presidential candidate, Mackey is joined at the hip with Finch. When Frank Staplin, a former client whom Mackey helped get off twenty years ago, threatens to expose Finch and Mackey's misdeeds unless Finch helps him again, Finch murders him and makes it look like a suicide to protect his political aspirations. However, Lt. Columbo is suspicious of the inconsistencies in Staplin's death and the fact that he made several phone calls to Finch before his death. Despite Finch's confidence that he has the perfect alibi, Columbo is determined to uncover the truth.
Patrick McGoohan directed the episode "Agenda for Murder". McGoohan was a Irish born American raised actor, writer, and director who had a successful career spanning several decades. He was best known for his lead role as "Number Six" in the cult classic television series "The Prisoner" (1967-1968). McGoohan also starred in several films, including "Ice Station Zebra" (1968) and "Braveheart" (1995), and appeared in numerous television shows such as "Columbo," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Outer Limits." He won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work in the television drama "Columbo" and was also honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McGoohan died in 2009 at the age of 80.