He Was Columbo for 35 Years but Remembered None of It

Martin Sheen in Season 3

There are more than just a handful of cameos made by celebrities (some then-current and some future) whom Columbo fans may have even missed. One of them was a rather handsome young Martin Sheen as Karl Lessing, a character who caught the eye of Viveca Scott in 1973’s episode “Lovely But Lethal” from Season 3.

Martin Sheen in a scene from ‘Columbo.’

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He ended up getting a microscope thrown at his head because of his troubles. The character was a far cry from the man of seriousness that he would eventually become, with his iconic roles in Apocalypse Now and as U.S. President Jed Bartlet in West Wing.

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