LOS ANGELES – William Link, who co-produced the hit series “Colombo” and “Murder, He Wrote” and made TV films on social issues in the 1970s and ’80s, was largely omitted from television. , Died. He was 87 years old.
In a statement Tuesday, Link died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles with his wife of more than 40 years.
The link was supported on the occasion of his December 15th birthday in a YouTube video that the family described of his long career, his niece, Amy Salco Robertson said.
“He liked it. It was the best birthday we could give him, ”he said.
The “Colombo” link was a highlight of the award-winning work organization. The series features a brilliant, deceptive police detective that he and his longtime writer-production partner, Richard Levinson, originally created for the 19th TV episode of TV Anthropology.
The pair earned a writing Emmy for the series, taking four acting trophies to star Peter Falke. He starred in NBC’s “Colombo” in 19BC9-78 N, and the crime drama was transferred to ABC as a more frequent TV movie from 1999 to 2003.
Salco Robertson said in an interview that Philadelphia-area citizens who met as mystery-loving teenagers and soon began collaborating on stories and radio scripts, with the goal of producing more than entertainment, said Salco Robertson in an interview.
He said the fight for “justice and equality” was a key theme of their projects – including “Colombo”, which identified magical detectives against rich and powerful criminals.
Collaborative TV films include “My Sweet Charlie,” a rare small-screen portrayal of the 1970s interracial romance that their author Amy achieved, and a groundbreaking contribution to the sympathetic portrayal of gay characters, “That Serious Summer” (1972).
Dramas like those “didn’t get on TV, and they really fought for them,” said Saloko Robertson, who ran her uncle’s business affairs.
Levinson, a veteran of the Army, wrote and was an executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Execution of the Private Slovak” (1977), a WWII soldier who had been executed for the first time since the Civil War.
Link, Levinson, and Peter S. Fisher created “Murder, He Wrote” as a fancy actress with film and stage star Angela Lansbury. The series was a sustainable, 12-season success for CBS, airing from 1984 to 1996.
Link and Levinson’s other series included the 1967-75 crime drama “Manx” and the 1973-74 “Tenfly”, an early show of the African American main character, A Personal Eye starring James McIachin.
The pair co-starred in actor Steve McQueen’s final films, the big screen films of the ’70s, “The Hindenburg”, “Rollercoaster” and the 1980s “The Hunter”.
After Levinson’s death in 1987, Link continued to write, including the story of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
In addition to his wife and Salco Robertson, Link’s survivors include nieces and nephews John Robertson, Karen Salco Nieberg and Owen Nieberg.
Lynn Elber, Associated Press