Sigmund Miller, a playwright, screenwriter and author who was blacklisted in the 1950s, died Aug. 5 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City due to complications from pneumonia. He was 87.
A veteran of the Army Signal Corps, Miller was born in Austria in 1910 and spent his childhood in Brooklyn.
He pursued a writing career, and in the late 1940s worked as a chief writer for the popular mystery radio show “The Inner Sanctum.” Miller counted among his friends Orson Welles and Zero Mostel.
During the age of McCarthyism, Miller was blacklisted soon after two of his plays, “One Bright Day” and “An Ancient Instinct,” were produced on Broadway.
He consequently moved to England, where “One Bright Day” had a three-year stint in London and was selected as one of the best plays of 1956 by the London Times.
Miller wrote numerous film scripts after this period, such as “Jet Storm” and “Wicked as They Come.” He additionally worked as a script doctor, using a pseudonym to avoid the blacklist.
An author of many books, Miller’s work includes “The Snow Leopard,” “That’s the Way the Money Goes,” “The Good Life’ and “The Conquest of Aging.”
Miller was a member of the Writer’s Guild, the Author’s League, the Dramatists Guild, and the Player’s Club.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.