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Son Of Blacklisted Hollywood Writer Trumbo Dies

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OJAI (AP) — The writer-son of Oscar-winning blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has died. He was 70.

Christopher Trumbo, who wrote scripts for “Ironside,” “Quincy, M.E.” and “Falcon Crest,” died Saturday at his home in the Ventura County community of Ojai. His sister Mitzi Trumbo told the Los Angeles Times he died from complications of kidney cancer.

Christopher Trumbo was an expert on the 1940s House Un-American Activities Committee investigation into alleged communist infiltration of Hollywood. He wrote the play, “Trumbo: Red, White & Blacklisted,” based on his father’s letters.

Dalton Trumbo refused to cooperate with the committee investigation and was imprisoned for as a member of the blacklisted Hollywood 10.

Writing under a variety of pseudonyms, Dalton wrote “The Brave One” in 1957 under the name Robert Rich. It won an Oscar.

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