Herbert Philbrick

Herbert Philbrick, 78, author of the best-selling autobiography “I Led Three Lives,” died Aug. 16 in North Hampton, N.H. The book, about his years in the FBI , was made into a TV series starring Richard Carlson.

The syndicated program of 117 episodes ran from 1953 until mid-1956. Philbrick was consultant to the show, which had the approval of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, which reviewed the scripts. The docu-style series, depicting communist spies everywhere in the U.S., is considered one of the most explicit pieces of political propaganda ever in a TV drama series.

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