Richard Levinson

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Levinson attended summer camp as a young boy and met William Link, who would become his writing and producing partner throughout their professional careers. Together the two wrote sketches ... Read more »

Filmography

Writer (48)

Columbo Likes the Nightlife 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Burke's Law 1963 - 1967, 1984 - 1987, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

From Story

Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: It's All in the Game 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Creator

Death Hits the Jackpot 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Creator

No Time To Die 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Creator

Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Creator

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Murder in Malibu 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Murder: A Self-Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Grand Deceptions 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

Murder, Smoke and Shadows 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

Sex and the Married Detective 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Creator

Hard Copy 1963 - 1967, 1984 - 1987 (Tv Show)

From Story

Stone 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

From Story

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mannix 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Creator

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Psychiatrist 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Creator

McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Trial Run 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

From Story

Prescription: Murder 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Jericho 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Creator

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Writer

Johnny Ringo 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Columbo Cries Wolf (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo Goes to College (TV Show)

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Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (TV Show)

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Columbo: Undercover (TV Show)

Creator

Istanbul Express (TV Show)

Screenplay

Ransom For a Dead Man (TV Show)

From Story

The Whole World Is Watching (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (31)

Murder, She Wrote 1963 - 1967, 1984 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Guardian 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Columbo 1971 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Storyteller 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ellery Queen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

The Gun 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Savage 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tenafly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Name of the Game 1968 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

A Cry For Help (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Charlie Cobb: Nice Night For a Hanging (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ellery Queen (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Guilty Conscience (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder By Natural Causes (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder in Space (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Sweet Charlie (TV Show)

Producer

Prototype (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rehearsal For Murder (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Savage (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Take Your Best Shot (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tenafly (TV Show)

Producer

That Certain Summer (TV Show)

Producer

The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Producer

The Storyteller (Movie)

(Producer)

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Producer

Vanishing Act (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (2)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Director

Burke's Law 1963 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director
Production Management (2)

Savage (Movie)

(Teleplay By)

The Storyteller (Movie)

(Teleplay By)
Actor (1)
Other (1)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Levinson attended summer camp as a young boy and met William Link, who would become his writing and producing partner throughout their professional careers. Together the two wrote sketches while at camp, and later at the University of Pennsylvania. After college and a brief stint in the Army, Levinson landed work writing on anthology series like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Chevy Mystery Show". Levinson and Link created their first and perhaps most famous detective when they came up with "Columbo", who was immortalized by Peter Falk in the series of the same name that began in 1971 and ran for 12 seasons ending in 1998. During this time the duo brought to life a number of famous detectives and mystery shows including the violent drama "Mannix", the TV adaptation of "Ellery Queen", and the long-running Angela Lansbury vehicle "Murder, She Wrote". This show debuted in 1984 and proved wildly popular, running for 12 years and over 250 episodes, and defining the second half of Lansbury's long career. The pair's mystery niche served them well, earning them much acclaim including numerous Emmy nominations, and a win for "Columbo". In 1986, Levinson was honored with the Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement, which is awarded by the Writers Guild of America. Sadly, Levinson's career was cut short when he died of a sudden heart attack in 1987 at the age of 52.

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