Famous Alumni, William Link
Cheltenham High Class of 1952

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William Link and Richard Levinson co-created and produced such well-known television programs as Columbo, Mannix, Ellery Queen and Murder, She Wrote.

They also collaborated on several made-for-TV movies, including My Sweet Charlie, That Certain Summer, The Judge and Jake Wyler, The Execution of Private Slovik, Charlie Cobb: A Nice Night for a Hanging, and Blacke's Magic; the latter, which starred Hal Linden and Harry Morgan, was also developed into a short-lived TV series. The partners also collaborated on two feature films: The Hindenburg (1975) and Rollercoaster (1977). Other collaborations in television included the teleplay of an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour entitled "Day of Reckoning" (original air date 11/22/1962), which was based on a novel by John Garden.

Following the sudden death of Richard Levinson in 1987, William Link continued his writing and producing career in many media. He was a frequent contributor to many mystery magazines including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. His post-Levinson TV work includes The Cosby Mysteries (1994-95), starring Bill Cosby, and the short-lived science fiction/detective series Probe, created with Isaac Asimov.

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.

The William Link Theatre on the campus of California State University, Long Beach is named for Link in honor of his work and donation of plays.

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