Roy Huggins was born in Litelle, Washington, on 18th July, 1914. After attending the University of Oregon he moved to Hollywood where he attempted to find work as a screenwriter. He joined the Communist Party because of his dislike of fascism. Huggins left the party after the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact in August, 1939.
During the Second World War Huggins wrote the crime novel, Too Late For Tears. He moved to Hollywood and his first script, Fuller Brush Man was filmed in 1948. This was followed by I Love Trouble (1948), The Lady Gambles (1949), Too Late for Tears (1949), Women in Hiding (1950), Good Humor Man (1950) and Sealed Cargo (1951).
When the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry. Huggins was one of those named as a former member of the Communist Party. He appeared before the HUAC on 29th September, 1952, and during his testimony, named nineteen former comrades.
After his testimony Huggins was free to pursue his career in Hollywood. Other films that he wrote included Hangman's Knot (1952), Gun Fury (1953), Three Hours to Kill (1954) and Pushover (1954).
In the 1950s and 60s he concentrated on television writing, producing and directing episodes of Cheyenne (1955-63), Conflict (1956-57), Maverick (1957-62), 77 Sunset Strip (1958-64), The Fugitive (1963-67), Alias Smith and Jones (1971-73) and The Rockford Files. (1974-80). Whenever possible, Huggins employed writers and actors who had been blacklisted. Roy Huggins died in Santa Monica, California, on 3rd April, 2002.