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Also Known As: Died: July 21, 1985
Born: June 4, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: author, screenwriter

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Warner Bros. screenwriter whose career was ended when he was named one of the "Hollywood Ten." Bessie was sentenced to one year in prison and, unlike most of his fellow victims, never worked in the US film industry again. His son Dan wrote and directed the feature film, "Hard Traveling" (1986), adapted from Bessie's book "Bread and a Stone".

Warner Bros. screenwriter whose career was ended when he was named one of the "Hollywood Ten." Bessie was sentenced to one year in prison and, unlike most of his fellow victims, never worked in the US film industry again. His son Dan wrote and directed the feature film, "Hard Traveling" (1986), adapted from Bessie's book "Bread and a Stone".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hollywood On Trial (1976) Himself
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Moved to Paris after graduating from college
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Returned to USA; began writing short stories
1935:
Published first novel, "Dwell in the Wilderness"
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Drama and book editor,<i>Brooklyn Daily Eagle</i>
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Served with Abraham Lincoln Brigade during Spanish Civil War
1943:
Wrote first screenplay, "Northern Pursuit"
1947:
Refused to answer House Committee on Un-American Activities on Communist issue
1948:
Convicted of contempt of Congress; sentenced to one year in prison; served prison term in 1950
1976:
Appeared in feature-length documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"
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Education

DeWitt Clinton High School: New York , New York -
Columbia University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Sylviane Bessie.

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son:
David Bessie.
son:
Dan Bessie. Director, screenwriter. Feature writing and directing debut with adaptation of father's book, "Bread and a Stone".
daughter:
Eva Wilson.

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"Men in Battle"
"Inquisition in Eden"
"Spain Again"

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