Roy Huggins

Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive and The Rockford Files

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About the Book

Producer-writer Roy Huggins is best known for creating the TV series, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Run For Your Life and The Rockford Files (with Stephen J. Cannell). This biography details his personal and professional life, aided by exclusive interviews with family, producers, actors and writers who worked with him.
The author was granted exclusive access to Huggins’ personal memoirs to provide an intimate, firsthand account, including his early career at Columbia, RKO, Warner Bros. and 20th Century–Fox. Huggins’ political activism at UCLA and the subsequent House Un-American Activities hearing in 1952 is covered in depth. The book includes an extensive filmography and previously unpublished photographs provided by family members.

About the Author(s)

Paul Green has worked as an artist in the UK for Marvel, DC and World International-Egmont, among others, on titles such as Doctor Who, Rambo, Action Man, Wonder Woman and Star Trek. The author of many books about television and film history, he lives in Rustburg, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Green
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7671-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1349-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Foreword by Jo Swerling, Jr. 1
Preface 3
Introduction 4
1. Lineage 7
2. Formal Years 11
3. Hard-Boiled Huggins 20
4. The Lady with the Torch 26
5. Howard Hughes Radio Pictures 36
6. Paranoia and Discord 42
7. Transition 51
8. Shady Dealings 58
9. Trouble at Fox 73
10. Guilty Until Proven Innocent 78
11. Escape from Tomorrow 87
12. One Step Ahead 99
13. Fallow Ground 115
14. Revolving Doors 121
15. Best Sellers 132
16. Rejuvenation 140
17. Denouement 149
The Works of Roy Huggins 155
Chapter Notes 170
Bibliography 175
Index 177

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Paul Green’s biography Roy Huggins is the best behind-the-scenes television book I have ever read, bar none…excellent…a hard hitting, truthful and inside look at how so many of our favorite TV series came to television. WC’s highest recommendation!”—Western Clippings
  • “This is a serious, well-researched, information-packed reference work that is nonetheless an easy and engaging read. This book isn’t just for fans of Roy Huggins or his shows…it’s a must-read for students of TV history and anyone interested in a career as a TV series show runner. It’s hands-down one of the best books ever written about a TV producer…or being one.”—Lee Goldberg, author and producer
  • “Paul Green has done an excellent job. Thorough, factual and most entertaining. The background about the Irish and Cromwell, the plantation history of Nevis, the Hugginses in the lumber business and their move to Washington, etc., is fascinating corroborative material.”—Frank Price, former writer-producer who became head of Universal TV, Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures
  • “Very insightful biography…succeeds in capturing the essence of who Roy Huggins was as a person. Green captured his intellectual curiosity, his passion for life and the various contradictions that made him very much human.”—Ed Robertson, host and producer, TV Confidential: A radio talk show about television