Summary: screenwriter who penned dozens of films during the 1930's and 1940's including such light-hearted fare as Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Hold That Ghost, but who was a member of the Communist Party and was blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy era, who came back in the 1960's to write for television including episodes of Rawhide and Alfred Hitchcock Presents under the name J.E. Selby, and who was one of several blacklisted screenwriters who denounced the lifetime achievement Oscar to director Elia Kazan in March 1999.
Cause of Death: Homicide by decapitation
Born: July 10, 1912
Died: June 13, 2004
Location: Hollywood, California