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Oliver Crawford

Screenwriter from United States of America

Oliver Crawford (August 12, 1917 – September 24, 2008) was an American screenwriter and author who overcame the Hollywood blacklist during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s to become one of the entertainment industry's most successful television writers. The list of shows for which he wrote for included Star Trek, Bonanza, Quincy, M.E., Perry Mason and the Kraft Television Theatre. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Crawford attended the Chicago Art Institute and the Goodman Theatre school. His classmates at Goodman included Sam Wanamaker and Karl Malden, both of whom became lifelong friends of Crawford. Crawford began working in the television industry as a writer in the early 1950s. By 1953, he had had contracted to work with both Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster. Shortly after he signed his contract to work with Lancaster, Crawford was summoned in 1953 to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating suspected Communist sympathizers in Hollywood. Crawford refused to name suspected Communists sympathizers within the entertainment industry. His refusal to implicate anyone in Hollywood led to his blacklisting. He was also fired from his 1953 contract. He  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1917-08-12
Place of birth
Chicago
Nationality
United States of America
Children
Kenny Crawford Jo Ann Crawford Vicki Crawford
Profession
Screenwriter, Author

Death

Date of death
2008-09-24
Cause of death
Pneumonia
Place of death
Los Angeles

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