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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 July 1914Litelle, Washington, USA
Date of Death 3 April 2002Santa Monica, California, USA  (natural causes)

Mini Bio (1)

Roy Huggins was born on July 18, 1914 in Litelle, Washington, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Fugitive (1993), The Rockford Files (1974) and The Fugitive (1963). He was married to Adele Mara and Bonnie. He died on April 3, 2002 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Adele Mara (1951 - 3 April 2002) (his death) (3 children)
? ? (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Bonnie (? - ?)

Trivia (15)

Children from first marriage: Katherine Crawford and Bret. Children from second marriage to Adele Mara: John Huggins, Thomas Huggins and James Patrick Huggins.
His writing pseudonym, John Thomas James, is a composite of the names of his three sons with second wife Adele Mara.
He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA.
He wrote about 350 scripts for television and film.
Brother-in-law of Luis Delgado.
The short stories and one novel that Huggins published in the 1940s provided the source material for three of the television series he created: 77 Sunset Strip (1958), The Rockford Files (1974), and City of Angels (1976).
Stu Bailey, the main character on 77 Sunset Strip (1958), originally appeared in Huggins' novel "The Double Take" (1946).
He joined the Communist Party in 1939 and left it in 1940. In 1952, he was called before the House UnAmerican Activites Committee and was a cooperative witness, naming 19 other comrades. Those 19 had already been named by previous witnesses.
According to a well-traveled story of the early 1960s, one day Huggins called to his wife, actress Adele Mara, to come into their bedroom and take his photograph. When she arrived with the camera and asked why, he replied: "Because I just had the greatest idea ever for a TV series (The Fugitive (1963)) and I want to preserve the moment". Huggins framed the photo and hung it over his desk for his entire career.
Denied, until his death, that The Fugitive (1963) was based on the Samuel Sheppard murder case. Instead, he maintained that the series was a modern-day "Les Miserables", with "Dr. Kimble" in the "Jean Valjean" role and "Lt. Gerard" as "Javert".
Roy Huggins' name was listed as one who died in an explosion in the ledger of the "Comstock Personnel" on the Maverick (1957) episode, Maverick: Comstock Conspiracy (1957).
Winner of the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
Screenwriter at RKO and Columbia (1948-55). Joined first Warner Brothers, then 20th Century Fox television divisions (where he created Cheyenne (1955) and Maverick (1957)). Had his best spell with Quinn Martin Productions/United Artists from 1963 (creating The Fugitive (1963)). The same year, he became vice-president of Universal television. One of the most prolific and successful television writer-producers, his output during the 1970's included the underrated City of Angels (1976), the off-beat Alias Smith and Jones (1971) and the ever-popular The Rockford Files (1974).
Employed by the U.S. Civil Service Commission during World War II.
Father-in-law of Penelope Ann Miller.

Personal Quotes (3)

"I don't care whether people say The Fugitive (1963) was based on the Sheppard case. The only reason I deny it is that it happens to be the truth". - on the common belief that the Dr. Sam Sheppard case influenced The Fugitive (1963) TV series.
[About his working relationship with Baretta (1975) star Robert Blake] "It's a love-hate relationship, I love him and he hates me".
[his guiding principle for Maverick (1957) series writers] In the traditional Western, the situation was always serious but never hopeless. In a 'Maverick' story, the situation is always hopeless but never serious.

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