World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Levinson

Article Id: WHEBN0006191883
Reproduction Date:

Title: Richard Levinson  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: John Tinker (TV producer), Alex Gansa, Ann Biderman, Michael R. Perry, The Psychiatrist (TV series)
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Richard Levinson

Richard Levinson
Born (1934-08-07)August 7, 1934
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died March 12, 1987(1987-03-12) (aged 52)
United States
Occupation Writer, producer

Richard Levinson (August 7, 1934 – March 12, 1987) was an American writer and producer who often worked in collaboration with William Link.[1][2]

Life and career

Levinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958 and married actress Rosanna Huffman in 1969. Levinson had a Jewish heritage.[3]

William Link and Richard Levinson began a 43-year-long friendship in 1946, on their first day of junior high school. Both were avid Ellery Queen fans from boyhood and enjoyed mental puzzles and challenges, a characteristic that would spill over into their work.

Beginning with radio scripts, the team wrote plays and then prime-time TV scripts. They went on to co-create and sometimes produce the detective television series Columbo, Mannix, Ellery Queen, Murder, She Wrote (with Peter S. Fischer) and Scene of the Crime, as well as made-for-TV movies The Gun, My Sweet Charlie, That Certain Summer, The Judge and Jake Wyler, The Execution of Private Slovik, Charlie Cobb: A Nice Night for a Hanging, Rehearsal for Murder, and the short-lived TV series Blacke's Magic. The team were proud of creating "intelligent" rather than violent programs.[4]

The partners also collaborated on two feature films, The Hindenburg (1975) and Rollercoaster (1977), and the Broadway show Merlin, featuring the magician Doug Henning.

The team occasionally used the pseudonym Ted Leighton, most notably on the telefilm Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You, where their work was substantially re-written by other hands, and Columbo when they came up with stories to be scripted by their collaborators.

In 1979, Levinson and Link received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for their work on Ellery Queen and Columbo. During the 1980s, they were three-time winners of the Edgar for Best TV Feature or MiniSeries Teleplay, and in 1989 they were given the MWA's Ellery Queen Award, which honors outstanding mystery-writing teams. In November 1995 they were jointly elected to the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Death

Levinson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on March 12, 1987 at the age of 52. He was survived by his father William, wife Rosanna and daughter Christine. The first Murder, She Wrote spin-off novel, Gin And Daggers, is dedicated to his memory.

In tribute to Levinson, Link wrote the script for the 1991 TV film The Boys, starring James Woods and John Lithgow.

References

  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ http://www.jewishjournal.com/television/article/columbo_creator_solves_his_own_family_mystery_20110222 an article about Link "His whole life had been spent as a non-Jew, while everyone in his life — his best friend and writing partner (Levinson), his wife, most of his professional colleagues and associates — all were Jewish (such as Falk). Yet, a few weeks before we met, Link had discovered that he was, in fact, Jewish (too).
  4. ^ "Interview with screen writer William Link" from disk 6, Ellery Queen Mysteries, DVD release September 2010.)

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.