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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?"
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Alan J. Levi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Alan J. Levi
Alan J. Levi is an American film, television director, television producer and writer.
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Alf Kjellin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 68 (1920-1988)
Alf Kjellin was a Swedish film actor and director, who also appeared on some television shows. Kjellin was well established as a film actor when he occasionally took on roles in television ...more
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Ben Gazzara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)
Biagio Anthony Gazzarra, known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and Emmy Award winning television actor and director.
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Bernard Louis Kowalski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 78 (1929-2007)
Bernard L. Kowalski was an American film and television director, nominated for two Primetime Emmys, and the uncle of producer Brian Grazer.
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Boris Sagal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 58 (1923-1981)
Boris Sagal was a Ukrainian-born American television and film director.
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Daryl Duke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)
Daryl Duke was a Canadian film and TV director. Duke was born at Vancouver, British Columbia, where he became one of CBC Television's earliest regional producers. His career continued with CBC ...more
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Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 73
Dennis Dugan is an American actor, director, and comedian. He is famous for his partnership with comedic actor Adam Sandler, with whom he directed the films Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now ...more
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Edward M. Abroms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Edward M. Abroms is a film and tv editor and television director.
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Harvey Hart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)
Harvey Hart was a film director.
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Hy Averback is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 77 (1920-1997)
Hyman J. "Hy" Averback, was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.
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Jack Smight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)
Jack Smight was an American theatre and film director. Smight was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to school with future actor Peter Graves. His film credits include The Traveling ...more
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James Frawley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 83
James Frawley is an American director and actor. He has been a member of the Actors Studio since at least 1961. Among his television appearances, he played the role of Hawaii District Attorney ...more
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Jeannot Szwarc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 82
Jeannot Szwarc is a French-American director of film and television. He has also produced and written for TV.
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Jeremy Kagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 74
Jeremy Paul Kagan is an American film and television director, screenwriter, and television producer.
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Jonathan Demme is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 75
Robert Jonathan Demme is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, he has also ...more
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Leo Penn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 77 (1921-1998)
Leo Z. Penn was an American actor and director and the father of musician Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn.
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Nicholas Colasanto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)
Nicholas Colasanto was an American actor and television director, known for his role, Coach Ernie Pantusso, in the American sitcom Cheers.
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Norman Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Norman Nathan Lloyd is an American actor, producer, and director with a career in entertainment spanning roughly eight decades. Lloyd has appeared in over sixty films and television shows. His ...more
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Patrick McGoohan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)
Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an American-born actor, writer and director who was brought up in Ireland and Britain, where he established an extensive stage and film career. His most notable roles ...more
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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)
Peter Michael Falk was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and ...more
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Richard Quine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 69 (1920-1989)
Richard Quine was an American stage, film, and radio actor. He began acting a child in radio, vaudeville and in stage productions before being signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in his early 20s. ...more
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Robert Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 92
Robert Butler is an American film director and Emmy award-winning television director. He is best known for his work in television, where he directed the pilots for a number of influential ...more
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Robert Douglas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 90 (1909-1999)
Robert Douglas was born as Robert Douglas Finlayson in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire. He was a successful stage and film actor, a television director and producer. He studied at RADA and made ...more
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Sam Wanamaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Columbo Directors
Dec. at 74 (1919-1993)
Sam Wanamaker was an actor and film and tv director.
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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Columbo Directors
age 73
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. Spielberg is consistently considered as one of the leading pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular ...more