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John Howard Lawson

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
John Howard Lawson is not the most famous member of the Hollywood 10, those filmmakers who defied the House Committee on Un-American Activities' inquiry into alleged "Communist subversion" in the Hollywood movie industry in 1947, but he was the central figure of the group--the mind if not the heart and soul of the Communist community in Hollywood. One of the founders and the first president of the Screenwriters Guild (now called the Writers' Guild of America), the first and most aggressive of the Hollywood guilds, he was the Communist Party's de facto cultural commissar in Hollywood, particularly as it affected writers. Read more...

Actor

Character: Himself

The Majestic 2001

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Character: Himself - Testifies Before HUAC

Chaplin 1992

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Character: Himself

Hollywood on Trial 1976

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Writing