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William Link

Highest Rated: 36% The Hindenburg (1975)

Lowest Rated: 36% The Hindenburg (1975)

Birthday: Dec 15, 1933

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A television writer, producer, and show creator with a prolific career, William Link had an incredibly long collaboration with fellow writer-producer Richard Levinson, whom Link met at camp during his youth. Link began writing for TV in the late 1950s, and, during the '60s, he wrote for numerous programs, including such notables as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Fugitive." In '67, he and Levinson created the violent detective thriller "Mannix," starring Mike Connors as Joe Mannix, and the series lasted eight seasons. During that run, he and Levinson teamed up for their first award, co-writing the '70 TV movie drama "My Sweet Charlie," which starred Patty Duke. They won an Emmy for writing, and the film was also nominated for Outstanding Dramatic Program. The following year, Link and Levinson created the detective classic "Columbo," which immortalized its star, Peter Falk. Link wrote and supervised the show over the span of its first eight years during the '70s, and then again during its second run, which began in '89. But Link and Levinson's biggest career success was arguably the crime mystery they created in '84, the Angela Lansbury-starring mega-hit, "Murder, She Wrote," about an amateur sleuth. The series was nominated for dozens of Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series in '85. William Link died on December 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 87.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Sapolsky (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown Producer - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: Ariana Executive Producer - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Your Best Shot Producer - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Many Suspects Producer - 1975
36% 38% The Hindenburg Screenwriter - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun Producer - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge and Jake Wyler Producer - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Summer Producer - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two on a Bench Producer - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Sweet Charlie Producer - 1970
No Score Yet 77% Columbo Screenwriter - 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Creator 1989-1990 1977-1978 1974 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Writer
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Writer 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Writer 1962-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Writer 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Writer 1959

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