Lieutenant Columbo is a police detective in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Character biography[edit | edit source]

Frank Columbo was born to Italian-American parents in New York City. Growing up, his hero was Joe DiMaggio, and he also liked gangster pictures. Ironically, when growing up, he was not a model child, as he ran with a crowd of boys that broke street lamps and played pranks. Columbo himself jokes that he joined the police force in a part to make up for these pranks. He has a wife whose first name is never mentioned but is referred to as 'Mrs. Columbo'. A picture of her is shown in the episode: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo. Columbo also has a dog which breed is a Basset Hound and in the episode, 'Murder A Self Portrait' Columbo says the name of the dog is 'Dog'. He does not have any children (this is confirmed in Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo) but does have a nephew whose image is shown in the episode: Columbo Goes to College.

Columbo's IQ is estimated to be approximately 160-190.

Style of Investigation[edit | edit source]

Columbo is a disheveled, shabbily dressed, seemingly slow-witted police detective whose fumbling, overly polite manner makes him an unlikely choice to solve any crime, let alone murder. However, he is actually a brilliant detective with an eye for minute details and the ability to piece together seemingly unrelated incidents and information to solve crimes.

Columbo is one of few, if not the only policeman in the LAPD who does not carry a firearm, as he claims he hates guns and is a terrible shot. He also rarely visits the police department headquarters building as he states "That's rarely where the murders take place!".

Rank[edit | edit source]

Columbo throughout the series remains a Lieutenant, never receiving a promotion despite the number of homicide cases he solves over the years.

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