Mon, 01/25/2021

Remembering Walter Bernstein

Walter Bernstein

We’re sad to learn that writer Walter Bernstein has passed away at the age of 101. Bernstein served in World War II and began his writing career in Hollywood before working in live television in New York City. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he wrote under pseudonyms and used fronts in order to continue working during this difficult period. Following the McCarthy era, he wrote television and movies, including The Front, which was based on his experiences being blacklisted. Bernstein continued to write and teach well into his 90s.

Below are selections from his 1998 interview:

On using fronts while blacklisted:

On advice to anyone who might find themselves in a similar political or moral situation:

On You Are There:

Watch Walter Bernstein’s full interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.