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Richard Levinson (I) (1934–1987)

Richard Levinson was born on August 7, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Leighton Levinson. He was a writer and producer, known for Columbo (1971), Rehearsal for Murder (1982) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). He was married to Rosanna Huffman. He died on March 12, 1987 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Columbo Writer
(1971-2003)
(1982)
(1984-1996)
(1985)

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 2017 Columbo - Meurtre sous prescription (TV Special) (play)
  Columbo (TV Series) (created by - 66 episodes, 1971 - 2000) (story by - 5 episodes, 1971 - 1973) (creator - 1 episode, 2003) (story - 1 episode, 1990) (written by - 1 episode, 1971) (based on a character created by - 1 episode, 1971)
- Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) ... (creator)
- Murder with Too Many Notes (2000) ... (creator)
- Ashes to Ashes (1998) ... (creator)
- A Trace of Murder (1997) ... (creator)
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... (creator)
 1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (TV Movie) (creator)
 1996 Murder, She Wrote: Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles (Video Game) (based on TV series created by)
  Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) (created by - 264 episodes, 1984 - 1996) (story - 1 episode, 1984)
- Death by Demographics (1996) ... (creator)
- Mrs. Parker's Revenge (1996) ... (creator)
- What You Don't Know Can Kill You (1996) ... (creator)
- Race to Death (1996) ... (creator)
- Southern Double-Cross (1996) ... (creator)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series) (story by - 1 episode)
- Who Killed Alexander the Great? (1994) ... (story by)
 1987 Hard Copy (TV Series) (created by - 1 episode)
- Down in Del Valle (1987) ... (creator)
  Blacke's Magic (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 1986) (story - 1 episode, 1986)
- Wax Poetic (1986) ... (creator)
- It's a Jungle Out There (1986) ... (creator)
- A Friendly Game of Showdown (1986) ... (creator)
- Last Flight from Moscow (1986) ... (creator)
- Forced Landing (1986) ... (creator)
 1986 Vanishing Act (TV Movie) (teleplay - uncredited)
 1985 Guilty Conscience (TV Movie) (written by)
 1984 The Guardian (TV Movie)
 1983 Prototype (TV Movie) (written by)
 1982 Take Your Best Shot (TV Movie)
 1982 Rehearsal for Murder (TV Movie) (written by)
 1982 Darkroom (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Exit Line (1982) ... (story)
 1981 Crisis at Central High (TV Movie)
  Stone (TV Series) (created by - 10 episodes, 1979 - 1980) (story by - 1 episode, 1979)
- What Do You People Want from Me? (1980) ... (creator)
- The Partner (1980) ... (creator)
- 67 Hours, 24 Minutes, and Counting (1980) ... (creator)
- Death Run (1980) ... (creator)
- Just a Little Blow Between Friends (1980) ... (creator)
 1979 Stone (TV Movie) (story)
 1979 Murder by Natural Causes (TV Movie) (written by)
 1977 The Storyteller (TV Movie)
 1977 Rollercoaster (screenplay) / (story)
 1977 Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging (TV Movie) (story)
  Ellery Queen (TV Series) (developer - 19 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (developed for television by - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (story by - 1 episode, 1975) (story - 1 episode, 1975) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1975)
- The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep (1976) ... (creator)
- The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman (1976) ... (creator)
 1975 The Hindenburg (screen story)
 1967-1975 Mannix (TV Series) (created by - 194 episodes)
- Hardball (1975) ... (creator)
- Search for a Dead Man (1975) ... (creator)
- Design for Dying (1975) ... (creator)
- Bird of Prey: Part 2 (1975) ... (creator)
- Bird of Prey: Part 1 (1975) ... (creator)
 1974 The Gun (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay by)
 1974 The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Movie) (written for television by)
 1973 Savage (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Tenafly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1973) ... (writer)
 1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Movie)
 1972 That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
 1971 Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You (TV Movie) (as Ted Leighton)
 1971 Two on a Bench (TV Movie)
 1970 The Psychiatrist (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- God Bless the Children (Pilot) (1970) ... (story)
 1970 San Francisco International Airport (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Crisis (1970) ... (writer)
 1970 McCloud (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Portrait of a Dead Girl (1970) ... (teleplay)
 1970 My Sweet Charlie (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1969 The Whole World Is Watching (TV Movie) (written by)
 1969 Trial Run (TV Movie) (story)
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Incident in Berlin (1968) ... (written by)
- The Taker (1968) ... (written by)
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie) (written by)
 1968 Prescription: Murder (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
  Jericho (TV Series) (creator - 15 episodes, 1966 - 1967) (story - 1 episode, 1966) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1966)
- The Loot of All Evil (1967) ... (creator)
- A Switch in Time (1967) ... (creator)
- Both Ends Against the Riddle (1966) ... (creator)
- Jackal of Diamonds (1966) ... (creator)
- Long Journey Across a Short Street (1966) ... (creator)
 1965-1966 Honey West (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- An Eerie, Airy, Thing (1966) ... (written by)
- Invitation to Limbo (1965) ... (written by)
- The Gray Lady (1965) ... (written by)
 1964-1965 The Fugitive (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Crack in a Crystal Ball (1965) ... (written by)
- Tiger Left, Tiger Right (1964) ... (written by)
  Burke's Law (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1964)
- Who Killed Mother Goose? (1965) ... (written by)
- Who Killed Merlin the Great? (1964) ... (writer)
- Who Killed Everybody? (1964) ... (written by)
 1964 The Rogues (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Boston Money Party (1964) ... (written by)
  The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1962 - 1964) (story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1963)
- Murder Case (1964) ... (teleplay)
- Nothing Ever Happens in Linvale (1963) ... (teleplay)
- Dear Uncle George (1963) ... (story and teleplay)
- Day of Reckoning (1962) ... (teleplay)
- Captive Audience (1962) ... (teleplay)
 1964 Playdate (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Man with a Rope (1964) ... (play)
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Best There Is (1964) ... (story)
  Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (1 episode, 1963) (written by - 1 episode, 1963)
- The Exploiters (1963) ... (written by)
 1963 The Third Man (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Ghost Town (1963) ... (writer)
- A Diamond in the Rough (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Matter of Percentage (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 The Devil and the Ten Commandments (short story - segment "Tu ne deroberas point")
  Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (from their story - 2 episodes, 1961 - 1962) (teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1961 - 1962)
- Profit-Sharing Plan (1962) ... (from their story) / (teleplay by)
- Services Rendered (1961) ... (from their story) / (teleplay by)
  Adventures in Paradise (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962) (written by - 1 episode, 1961)
- Hurricane Audrey (1962) ... (teleplay)
- Show Me a Hero (1961) ... (written by)
  Michael Shayne (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1961) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1960 - 1961) (teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1960)
- Dead Air (1961) ... (written by)
- Four Lethal Ladies (1961) ... (teleplay)
- The Badge (1961) ... (written by)
- Murder in Wonderland (1960) ... (teleplay by)
- This Is It, Michael Shayne (1960) ... (teleplay)
 1961 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) (from a story by - 1 episode)
- Mistaken Identity (1961) ... (from a story by)
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Enough Rope (1960) ... (writer)
 1959-1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- Border Town (1960) ... (written by)
- The Rain Man (1959) ... (written by)
- Ghost Coach (1959) ... (written by)
 1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Seven Swords (1960) ... (written by)
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Gun City (1959) ... (written by)
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Crossing (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Deal (1959) ... (written by)
 1959 Encounter (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Man with a Rope (1959)
- Face to Remember (1959)
  Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1959) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1959)
- Chain of Command (1959) ... (story) / (teleplay)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote book for "Merlin" on Broadway. NOTE: With William Link, was nominated for a Tony award for Best Book (Musical).

Alternate Names:

Ted Leighton | Richard L. Levinson

Spouse:

Rosanna Huffman  (his death)  (1 child)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on casting Peter Falk in "Columbo" (1971)] We had a list of possible actors and Peter wasn't in the top five. We wanted Bing Crosby, Ernest Borgnine, Lee J. Cobb--who later played the same role in The Exorcist (1973)--until Peter got ahold of the script and said, "I must play this part!" And, luckily for us, he did. See more »

Trivia:

His lifelong collaboration with William Link began with their writing sketches together at summer camp, then at the Univ. of Pennsylvania in their native Philadelphia. See more »

Nickname:

Dick

Star Sign:

Leo

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