Paul Galesko

Dick Van Dyke


Columbo Villains -  Paul Galesko

Last Words to Columbo: "you didn't accidentally reverse that film. ... you did it deliberately."

In "Negative Reaction" famous photgrapher Paul Galesko (played by Dick Van Dyke) murders his wife and fabricates a ransom note before seeking help from a recently paroled extortionist to cover up the crime. He convinces the parolee to make it look like he kidnapped and killed the wife, after collecting the ransom money. But when the photographer thinks the parolee is a liability, he kills him too. In an attempt to make it appear as if he acted in self-defense, the photographer shoots himself in the leg, placing the dead parolee's hand on the gun's trigger.
Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri. His ancestry includes English, Dutch, Scottish, German and Swiss-German. Van Dyke was launched to stardom in the musical "Bye-Bye Birdie" (1960), for which he won a Tony Award, and, then, later in the movie based on that play, Bye Bye Birdie (1963). He has starred in a number of films through the years including Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Fitzwilly Strikes Back (1967). He has appeared in a anumber of tv series and has one for Emmy Awards. He's also been on The Voice.