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.

Pic of the Day: “Dead Weight” revisited

Yikes, better late than never! Our pic for what is left of today (sorry about that, folks) is another look at Bert, the affable purveyor of the best chili in town, from the Columbo episode “Dead Weight.” It was first broadcast on October 27, 1971.

Dead Weight - 1971

Timothy and Peter Falk were not the only John Cassavetes alumni to appear in this episode. The great Val Avery is also here, but unfortunately the three of them do not share any screen time together. Bert definitely deserved his own series, I must say.


Pic of the Day: “Ransom For a Dead Man”

Happy Friday, and happy first day of Fall! There’s a chill in the air – why not stop by Barney’s Beanery and get a nice hot bowl of chili from our pal Bert? Our pic today is from the first episode of Columbo in which Tim portrays genial counterman Bert, “Ransom for a Dead Man.” This was actually Columbo‘s pilot episode, first broadcast on March 1, 1971.


Tim made a total of three appearances on Columbo. It’s nice to see him with fellow Cassavetes alum Peter Falk.

Pic of the Day: “Dead Weight”

Today’s pic (and need I remind you to click to embiggen?) is from one of three appearances Tim made on the classic detective series Columbo, starring the late great Peter Falk. Here we see him as diner owner Bert in the episode “Dead Weight,” which first aired on October 27, 1971.

Dead Weight

Bert appears in this episode and also in the very first Columbo episode, “Ransom for a Dead Man” (1971). You could always get an excellent bowl of chili from Bert. Tim’s last appearance on the show was as deli owner Tony in “Fade in to Murder” (1976).

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder”

In honor once again of the late great Peter Falk, our pic today is from the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder,” which first appeared on October 10, 1976. Tim, as deli owner Tony, is imploring Columbo to find the man who murdered his friend Claire (Lola Albright). Tim was directed once again by Bernard Kowalski.

Fade In to Murder

Tim appeared in two other Columbo episodes in the early 70s, as diner owner Bert. You could always get a good bowl of chili from Bert.