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Richard Collins dies at 98; onetime blacklisted screenwriter

Richard Collins dies at 98; onetime blacklisted screenwriter

Richard Collins, a screenwriter during the McCarthy era who was blacklisted for several years before he cooperated with the Communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee, died Thursday in Ventura.

The onetime Communist Party member was 98 and the last of the group of left-leaning writers and directors known as the Hollywood 19, 10 of whom went to prison for refusing to name names before the committee.

Collins, a longtime Brentwood resident who went on to a three-decade career in television as a writer and producer of shows such as "Bonanza" and "Matlock," died under hospice care after developing aspiration pneumonia, said his son, Michael...

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