Alvah Bessie

Screenwriter, Author
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1904 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (7)

Hard Traveling 1986 (Movie)

("Bread and a Stone") (Source Material (from novel))

Ruthless 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hotel Berlin (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Objective, Burma! (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Smart Woman (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (1)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

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."

Relationships

Sylviane Bessie

Wife

Eva Wilson

Daughter

David Bessie

Son

Dan Bessie

Son
feature writing and directing debut with adaptation of father's book, "Bread and a Stone"

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York, New York

DeWitt Clinton High School

New York, New York

Milestones

1976

Appeared in feature-length documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"

1948

Convicted of contempt of Congress; sentenced to one year in prison; served prison term in 1950

1947

Refused to answer House Committee on Un-American Activities on Communist issue

1942

Wrote first screenplay, "Northern Pursuit"

1935

Published first novel, "Dwell in the Wilderness"

Drama and book editor,<i>Brooklyn Daily Eagle</i>

Returned to USA; began writing short stories

Served with Abraham Lincoln Brigade during Spanish Civil War

Moved to Paris after graduating from college

SIMILAR ARTICLES