William Link

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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1933

Filmography

Producer (70)

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

Executive Producer

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Over My Dead Body 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ariana 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blind Chess 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Die Laughing 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Flowers For Matty 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Grand Theft Hotel 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

High Rise 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murder in Malibu 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Night Train 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Only the Good Die Young 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

The King of Jazz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Winner Takes All 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Auntie Sue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blues For Buder 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Grand Deceptions 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kennonite 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Royal Gambit 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Dancer's Touch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Plane From Coramaya 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tongs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Co-Executive Producer

Dead Time Stories 1986 (Movie)

(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

Columbo Cries Wolf (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ellery Queen (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Fatal Flaw (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

None So Blind (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Plates (TV Show)

Executive 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 Boys (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Producer

The Storyteller (Movie)

(Producer)

Things That Go Bump in the Night (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Producer

Vanishing Act (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (39)

Columbo Likes the Nightlife 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Creator

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

Creator

Hard Copy 1963 - 1967, 1984 - 1996 (Tv Show)

From Story

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

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Creator

Stone 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

From Story

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

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 Goes to College (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: A Trace of Murder (TV Show)

Creator

Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (TV Show)

Creator

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
Actor (4)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (2)

Savage (Movie)

(Teleplay By)

The Storyteller (Movie)

(Teleplay By)
Director (2)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Director

Burke's Law 1963 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director
Other (1)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

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.

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