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Blacklisted screenwriter Richard Collins dies

Updated at: 02/15/2013 10:08 AM
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(AP) 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 ( http://lat.ms/Z1nT8s) 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 in TV writer and producer on shows including "Bonanza" and "Matlock."

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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