Kojak (1973–1978)
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Out of the Shadows 

In an episode originally scheduled as the season opener (it was pushed back a few weeks to allow "Birthday Party," considered a better audience draw, to get the slot), a serial killer ... See full summary »


Jeannot Szwarc


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
Ken Sylk Ken Sylk ... Roger Villers
Lara Parker ... Jenny Villers
Bruce Kirby ... Sgt. Al Vine (as Bruce Kirby Sr.)
Salome Jens ... Olga Nurell
Delos V. Smith Jr. Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Semmelman
T.J. Castronovo T.J. Castronovo ... Mr. Burke (as T. J. Castronovo)
Borah Silver Borah Silver ... Prince
Vince Conti Vince Conti ... Det. Rizzo
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein
Michael Danahy Michael Danahy ... Young Man
Heath Jobes Heath Jobes ... Killer
Roz Kelly ... Susan


In an episode originally scheduled as the season opener (it was pushed back a few weeks to allow "Birthday Party," considered a better audience draw, to get the slot), a serial killer plunges a knife into anyone who stiffs him consumerwise -- six murders to date. The chief suspect is a troubled young man who sprays graffiti on walls talking about the character "The Grim Reaper." Written by Peter Harris

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17 October 1976 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Out of the shadows and into the light
6 October 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** With the city of New York sweltering under a 100 plus degree heatwave Let. Kojak, Telly Savalas, is faced with this serial killer who's been knocking off, with his hunting knife and military style baronet, a number of people whom he deems, by leaving spray paint massages at the scenes of his crimes, unworthy to live among society. We see right away the killer's identity as being that of the very unstable and bible thumping Roger Villers, Ken Sylk, the self described "Grim Reaper" who's, in his mind, doing the work of the Lord in terminating these sinners- pawnbrokers hookers drug dealers shysters and store owners- who are taking advantage of those that they deal with by promising them everything and giving them, after they take their money, nothing in return!

Roger for his part even though a little bit nuts seems harmless=Like Anthony Perkins in "Psycho"-who's next door neighbor Olga Nurell, Solome Jens, not only sees him as a good or nice but a bit confused boy but also has a crush on the guy who's estranged from his wife Jenny, Lara Parker, since he's out of work and unable to support himself much less that of Jenny and their 3 year old son Roger Jr. It doesn't take much to track Roger down who really seems to want to be caught but under interrogation Roger slips up in how he murdered his victims that has Let. Kojak realized that he's in fact not the killer that the NYPD is looking for!

***SPOILERS*** With the real killer Heath Jobes throwing a fit in that the knife or baronet he bought from a local Army/Navy store-That he killed his last victim with- being defective he seeks out and plans to murder the salesman Ted Owens, Howard Honig, who soled it to him that has let. Kojak and his partner the always abused and belittled by him, in how incompetent and butter-fingered he is, Det. Bobby Crocker,Kevin Dobson, comes to Owens' rescue. With Jobes now seeing that his goose is cooked and about to be arrested he makes a last attempt to escape by throwing his hunting knife at the charging Det. Crocker only to get blasted by him and then falling some 50 feet out of a closed window landing dead as a door-nail on the street below.

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