Hayden Danzinger

Robert Vaughn


Columbo Villains -  Hayden Danzinger

Last Words to Columbo: "That could have come from any pillow in a hospital room"

During his leisurely cruise to Acapulco, Lt. Columbo's plans are abruptly thwarted when a co-passenger, a used car salesman (Hayden Danzinger, played by Robert Vaughn), commits murder by taking the life of the lead vocalist of the ship's band. The salesman was driven to the act by the blackmailing actions of the singer, who threatened to disclose their extramarital relationship to Hayden Danziger's weathy wife, causing the salesman's financial downfall.
Robert Vaughn was an American actor known for his work in film, television, and theater. He was born on November 22, 1932, in New York City and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his career in theater before transitioning to film and television. He appeared in two episodes of Columbo. Vaughn's breakout role was as the gunman Lee in the classic Western "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). He went on to star in a number of films, including "Bullitt" (1968), "The Towering Inferno" (1974), and "Superman III" (1983). Vaughn was also known for his role as Napoleon Solo in the popular television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964-1968), which earned him a Golden Globe award. In addition to his acting career, Vaughn was also involved in politics, earning a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Southern California and serving as a political science professor at several universities. He was an advocate for political causes and was active in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. Vaughn continued to work in film and television throughout his career, appearing in shows such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2004) and "Hustle" (2004-2012), and in films such as "The Magnificent Seven" (2016), a remake of the original film in which he had starred. Robert Vaughn passed away on November 11, 2016, at the age of 83, from acute leukemia. He is remembered as a talented actor and a respected political activist.