Star Trek Writer Oliver Crawford Passes

By T'Bonz
October 1, 2008 - 8:56 PM

Oliver Crawford, who wrote or co-wrote three original series episodes, died recently in Los Angeles.

As reported by Variety, television and film writer Oliver Crawford passed away at the age of ninety-one in Los Angeles on September 24th.

Crawford wrote or co-wrote the stories or teleplays for The Galileo Seven, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield and The Cloud Minders, episodes from the first and third seasons of the original series.

Born in Chicago, Crawford was called before the sub-committee of the House Un-American Committee during the McCarthy years. Refusing to cooperate, he was then blacklisted and fired from his contract.

Relocating from Hollywood to New York with his family, he eventually found work on Playhouse 90. When his career improved, he served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, a position he held for twenty-six years. Part of his work for the WGA included providing financial restitution to other victims of the blacklisting.

Writing for shows such as Rawhide, The Rifleman, Perry Mason, Kojak and others;, Crawford was nominated for Emmys for Climax! and Lineup. Crawford also received a Writers Guild nomination for Outer Limits.

Crawford is survived by two daughters, a son, a brother and a sister.

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