Paul Gerard

Louis Jourdan

EPISODE 42


Columbo Villains -  Paul Gerard

Last Words to Columbo: "Lieutenant, I wish you had been a chef"



In " Murder Under Glass", Paul Gerard (played by Louis Jourdan) is a well-known connoisseur whose writings on restaurants can make or break a chef's career. He wields significant influence in the culinary world, but his authority is challenged by Vittorio Rossi, the owner of a prestigious restaurant. Following a heated argument with Paul, Vittorio is fatally poisoned by a bottle of wine he had personally opened.
Louis Jourdan was a French film and television actor who had a career that spanned over seven decades. He was born on June 19, 1921, in Marseille, France, and began his acting career in France in the 1930s. He gained international recognition for his role in the film "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948), in which he starred opposite Joan Fontaine. Jourdan appeared in over 80 films throughout his career, including "Gigi" (1958), "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954), and "Can-Can" (1960). He was known for his suave, sophisticated demeanor and charming on-screen presence, which made him a popular leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to his film work, Jourdan also had a successful career in television. He appeared in a number of popular TV shows, including "Columbo," "The Love Boat," and "Charlie's Angels." He also lent his voice to several animated projects, including Disney's "The Aristocats" (1970).