'Murder, She Wrote' Co-creator William Link Dies at Age 87 — Details Revealed
Television producer William Link sadly died this month, according to his wife. The star was the person behind co-creating television series' like “Murder, She Wrote” and “Columbo.”
William Link passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday, December 27, 2020, according to his wife Margery Nelson. Link was famously known as a television producer and writer for some well-known shows.
He died while in Los Angeles; of congestive heart failure. The star helped co-create “Murder, She Wrote” and “Columbo” and worked on other collaborations throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Soon enough they were working together on radio scripts, stories, and dramas. The friends realized that television had the potential of expressing the world’s issues with race, gun violence, and much more.
I am heartbroken to learn that we’ve lost William Link. Truly a great writer and a great person. His accomplishments are legion. https://t.co/PIPBoH5DQf— Jan Burke (@Jan_Burke) December 30, 2020
Some of their other work includes “Mannix,” “Ellery Queen,” “Jericho,” and many other projects. “Tenafly,” which came out in 1973, made history for being one of the first television shows that featured a Black lead star.
Besides television shows, Levinson and Link also co-created some powerful television films. These included “My Sweet Charlie” (1970); “That Certain Summer” (1972), and “The Execution of Private Slovik” (1974).
When the duo wasn’t creating content for television, they spent their time working on feature films. Some of their work includes “The Hindenburg” (1975), “Rollercoaster” (1977), and “The Hunter” (1980).
In 1981, the two friends also co-authored the book “Stay Tuned: An Inside Look at the Making of Prime-Time Television.” Sadly, Link lost his friend in 1987 at the age of 52 due to a heart attack.
Steven Spielberg pays tribute to the late William Link, who brought him on for the first 'Columbo' episode in 1971: "Bill was one of my favorite and most patient teachers and, more than anything, I learned so much from him about the true anatomy of a plot" https://t.co/LwI7o4a6hE pic.twitter.com/mXpechMkr9— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 29, 2020
Link never stopped working and continued developing television series and also published stories in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Mystery Magazine.” Together, the stars both won two Emmy Awards.
They also received nine more nominations, plus two Golden Globe Award wins. Their play “Merlin,” earned them a Tony nomination and a prestigious Peabody nomination.
William Link Dies: Co-Creator Of ‘Columbo’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Ellery Queen’ Was 87 https://t.co/TKR8cY2P8E— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) December 29, 2020
In 1994, they were both inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Some stars who acted on “Murder, She Wrote” included Joaquin Phoenix, Caitlyn Jenner, and Courteney Cox.
Link was born on December 15, 1933, in Elkins Park, Philadelphia, and his career lasted for more than six decades. He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, nieces and nephews, and some grandchildren.