The Great Santini

Jack Cassidy

EPISODE 36


Columbo Villains -  The Great Santini

Last Words to Columbo: "And I thought I'd performed the perfect murder"



In "Now you see him" The Great Santini (played by Jack Cassidy) is a master illusionist who entertains crowds with his mesmerizing performances, but in reality, he is being extorted by his boss Jerome, who knows his true identity as a former Nazi soldier named Stefan. When Jerome threatens to expose Stefan's dark past to the authorities, Stefan resorts to murder to silence him. Now, Columbo must use his own set of skills and tricks to uncover the truth and bring the Great Santini to justice.
Jack Cassidy was an American actor and singer, born on March 5, 1927, in New York City. He began his career as a Broadway performer, starring in productions such as "Wish You Were Here" and "She Loves Me," before transitioning to television and film. Cassidy's most notable television role was in the series "The Partridge Family," where he played the character of Shirley Partridge's husband. He was also a frequent guest star on other TV shows of the time, including "Columbo" and "Mission: Impossible." In addition to his acting work, Cassidy was a skilled singer and appeared in a number of musical productions on stage and screen. He received Tony Award nominations for his performances in "She Loves Me" and "Maggie Flynn." Cassidy's life was tragically cut short when he died in a fire at his home on December 12, 1976.