Black­listed screen­writer Collins dies at 98

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — A black­listed screen­writer who later named names to Com­mu­nist hunters dur­ing the McCarthy era has died in Cal­i­for­nia. Richard Collins was 98.

His son, Michael Collins, tells the Los An­ge­les Times that Collins died Thurs­day of pneu­mo­nia in Ven­tura.

Collins was one of 19 writ­ers and direc­tors called by the House Un-Amer­i­can Ac­tiv­i­ties Com­mit­tee in 1947 in a probe of sup­posed Com­mu­nist sub­ver­sion in Hol­ly­wood. He wasn’t asked to tes­tify but 10 who re­fused to an­swer ques­tions about their be­liefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.

Collins was sub­poe­naed again in 1951 and iden­ti­fied more than 20 col­leagues as Com­mu­nist sym­pa­thiz­ers. He later ex­pressed re­grets.

He went on to have a three-decade ca­reer as a TV writer and pro­ducer on shows in­clud­ing Bo­nanza and Mat­lock.

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