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List of Columbo Directors

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List of every famous television director who has directed at least one episode of Columbo, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list includes anyone who was or is on the directors staff for Columbo. Regular directors as well as guest directors for Columbo are included, along with information such as when they were born and what episodes they directed. Some of these famous Columbo directors may also be actors or producers.

This list is made up of items like Steven Spielberg and Peter Falk.

This list helps answer the questions, “Who directed Columbo?” and "What is a list of Columbo directors?"

  • 1
    Alan J. Levi is an American film, television director, television producer and writer.
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    Alf Kjellin

    Dec. at 68 (1920-1988)

    BirthplaceSweden, Lund


    Episodes DirectedThe Yukon Affair, The 'J' for Judas Affair, The Graduation, The See-Paris-and-Die Affair, The Innocent

    Alf Kjellin (Swedish pronunciation: [alf.̍ɕɛllɪn]; 28 February 1920 – 5 April 1988) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ben Gazzara3

    Ben Gazzara

    Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedThe Killing Scene, A Friend In Deed, Troubled Waters, Appointment in Palermo

    Biagio Anthony Gazzarra (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012), known as Ben Gazzara, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 4

    Bernard Louis Kowalski

    Dec. at 78 (1929-2007)

    BirthplaceBrownsville, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedSemi-Paradise, Grant of Land, We'll Meet Again, Big Iron, The Case of the Renegade Refugee

    Bernard L. Kowalski (August 2, 1929 – October 26, 2007) was an American film and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Boris Sagal5

    Boris Sagal

    Dec. at 58 (1923-1981)

    BirthplaceUkraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Eurasia, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedThe Other Kind of Spy, No Business Like-----, Death Is a Red Rose, Angie, You Made My Heart Stop

    Boris Sagal (October 18, 1923 – May 22, 1981) was a Ukrainian-American television and film... more on Wikipedia
  • Daryl Duke6

    Daryl Duke

    Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)

    BirthplaceCanada, Southwest British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Greater Vancouver


    Episodes DirectedEpisode 4, Episode 2, Thy Mother a Lady, Lovely and Bright, The Last Laurel

    Daryl Duke (8 March 1929 – 21 October 2006) was a Canadian film and TV director. Duke was born... more on Wikipedia
  • Dennis Dugan7

    BirthplaceIllinois, Wheaton, United States of America, DuPage County, United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedAlone Again, The Truth is Out There, Who Killed Nick Hazard?, No Time to Die, Wife Swap

    Dennis Barton Dugan (born September 5, 1946) is an American director, actor, writer, artist... more on Wikipedia
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    Edward M. Abroms is a film and tv editor and television director.
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    Harvey Hart

    Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Episodes DirectedPart 3, Pilot, 0, Murder Revisited, Mudd's Women

    Harvey Hart was a film director.
  • Hy Averback10

    Hy Averback

    Dec. at 77 (1920-1997)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedWhen a Fellow Needs a Friend, Two's Company, The Good, the Bad and the Ficus, Who Killed Holly Howard?

    Hyman Jack Averback, (October 21, 1920 – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Jack Smight

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedEddie, The Ghost Writer, The Midtown Beat, Visit to a Small Planet, In Darkness

    John R. Smight (March 9, 1925 – September 1, 2003) was an American theatre and film... more on Wikipedia
  • James Frawley12

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedWho is M.P. Sellers, The Rescue, Enemy Lines (2), Lost in the System, The Early Bird Catches the Word

    James Joseph Frawley (September 29, 1936 – January 22, 2019) was an American director and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Episodes DirectedA Shield for Murder (2), With Apologies to Mr. Hyde, Down a Long and Lonely River, Adventures in Babysitting, Velocity

    Jeannot Szwarc (born November 21, 1937) is a director of film and television, known for such... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedLuchando, Sleeping Beauty, My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel, All in the Family, Dumb Bunnies

    Jeremy Paul Kagan (born December 14, 1945) is an American film and television director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jonathan Demme15

    Jonathan Demme

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceBaldwin, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedPilot, Sandy, A Family Tree, Who Am I This Time?, Murder Under Glass

    Robert Jonathan Demme ( DEM-ee; February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Leo Penn16

    Leo Penn

    Dec. at 77 (1921-1998)

    BirthplaceUSA, Lawrence, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedRunaway, Number Eight, Down a Long and Lonely River, The Echo of a Silent Cheer (1), The comeback

    Leonard Francis Penn (August 27, 1921 – September 5, 1998) was an American actor and director... more on Wikipedia
  • Nicholas Colasanto17

    Nicholas Colasanto

    Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedSwan Song, The Love Victim, Murder Arena (1) (or The Concrete Corral), The Hunting Licence, Run From Death

    Nicholas Colasanto (January 19, 1924 – February 12, 1985) was an American actor and television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Norman Lloyd18

    Norman Lloyd

    Norman Lloyd (born Norman Perlmutter; Yiddish: נאָרמאַן פּערלמוטטער‎; November 8, 1914) is an... more on Wikipedia


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  • Patrick McGoohan19

    Patrick McGoohan

    Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)

    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedThe Wild Child, The Paper Chase, A Change of Mind, Free For All, Agenda for Murder

    Patrick Joseph McGoohan (19 March 1928 – 13 January 2009) was an Irish-American actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    #1016 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#170 of 239 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

  • Peter Falk20

    Peter Falk

    Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedBlueprint For Murder

    Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his... more on Wikipedia

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  • Richard Quine21

    Richard Quine

    Dec. at 69 (1920-1989)

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedDead Heat, Sighting 4001: The Washington D.C. Incident, Pilot, Double Exposure, Dagger Of The Mind

    Richard Quine (November 12, 1920 – June 10, 1989) was an American stage, film, and radio actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Butler22

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedGetting There Is Half The Fun, The Other Face of the Law, Hold the Tiger, Commitment, Smack in the Middle

    Robert Butler (born November 16, 1927) is an American film and Emmy Award-winning television... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Douglas23

    Robert Douglas

    Dec. at 90 (1909-1999)

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Buckinghamshire, Eurasia, Fenny Stratford, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Episodes DirectedThe Legend of Leckonby, Wolf, Cried the Blonde, The Fighter Pilot, Practice to Deceive

    Robert Douglas Finlayson (9 November 1909 – 11 January 1999), known professionally as Robert... more on Wikipedia
  • Sam Wanamaker24

    Sam Wanamaker

    Dec. at 74 (1919-1993)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedDo Not Mutilate or Spindle, Presence of Evil, The High Riders, Sabers in the Sun, The Jubilee Raid Brief

    Samuel Wanamaker, (born Wattenmacker; June 14, 1919 – December 18, 1993) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Steven Spielberg25

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Episodes DirectedNo Day at the Beach, The Mission, You Gotta Believe Me, Eyes, Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian

    Steven Allan Spielberg (; born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker. He is considered... more on Wikipedia

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