Pic of the Day: “Ransom for a Dead Man” revisited

Our pic for today revisits Barney’s Beanery and Bert, purveyor of the best chili in town. It’s from the very first Columbo episode, “Ransom for a Dead Man,” which debuted on March 1, 1971. Columbo (Peter Falk) knew he could always count on a bowl of Bert’s chili to help clear his brain and help him think better.

Ransom for a Dead Man - 1971

As the 1960s progressed, Timothy gained quite a bit of weight; we’re seeing him here at probably his heaviest. Throughout the 1970s and 80s he steadily slimmed down. As his health took a turn for the worse in the late 1980s, however, he began to look alarmingly thin. But his spirit remained indomitable.

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