The special “Columbo Likes the Nightlife” marked the final appearance of Peter Falk’s beloved rumpled sleuth. Columbo did not have traditional seasons with a typical, fixed number of episodes, but rather aired as a series of movie-length episodes—69 of them altogether, spanning 35 years. After being broadcast steadily on NBC from 1971–78 (after a 1968 pilot movie), the series was revived on ABC in 1989, where it continued in sporadic installments. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Brett Butler, graceful (55); Charles S. Dutton, trash collector (62); Dick Martin, sketch show host (d. 2008); David Opatoshu, character actor (d. 1996); Wilmer Valderrama, exchange student (33); David Wayne, character actor (d. 1995).