Oliver Crawford TV Writer

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 12th, 1917
United States of America
Date of death
September 24th, 2008 at age of 91
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Cause of death



Movies written

Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Co-writers External resources

Written work

1.The door marked Malaya

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1958. by Hart-Davis at London (237 pages)

2.Done this day

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1970. at New York City (399 pages)

Awards won

1997 Morgan Cox Award

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
WGAw's Property Planning Committee
Writers Guild of America
Philip D. Fehrle
Katherine Coker
John Riley
Rick Mittleman


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