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Overview (4)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRichard Leighton Levinson
Nickname Dick

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Rosanna Huffman (1969 - 12 March 1987) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (5)

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.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1983 Tony Award as Best Book (Musical) with collaborator William Link for "Merlin."
Won a record four Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America.
Graduated with writing partner William Link from Cheltenham High School, Cheltenham, PA, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He died from a heart attack early March 12, 1987, at his Brentwood home.

Personal Quotes (2)

[to Peter S. Fischer, on their work relationship with Universal Studios] It's a good thing we have talent, because if we didn't they'd toss us out on our ears tomorrow.
[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.

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