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Ian McLellan Hunter (August 8, 1915 – March 5, 1991) was an English , most noted for for the as the credited writer of in 1953. Hunter was himself later blacklisted.

Ian McLellan Hunter, a screen and television writer who won an Academy Award for the 1953 film "Roman Holiday," died on Tuesday at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was 75 years old and lived in Manhattan.


Ian McLellan Hunter was born in London on 8th August, 1915

Ian McLellan Hunter was credited as the writer, but he was fronting for Dalton Trumbo, who’d been blacklisted for not cooperating with the communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee. (Hunter wrote a subsequent draft, too, but never claimed to have been the screenplay’s originator.) When Roman Holiday won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture Story (then a separate category from Best Screenplay, for which it was also nominated), it went to Hunter, who had refused to attend the ceremony. In the early 1990s, the Writers Guild of America and the Academy Awards people posthumously returned the credit and the awards to Trumbo.