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The Life of Former CIA Director William Colby

Washington, DC
Friday, December 2, 2011

This weekend on Q&A, film producer Carl Colby discusses his latest documentary film about the life of his father, former CIA Director William Colby.

Our guest details the actual production of the film, and discusses the choice of his mother, Barbara Colby, as one of his primary interview sources.  The film examines the personal and professional life of William Colby who, his son says, was a controversial figure with few close friends and a deep institutional understanding of the spy business.

In the film, which Carl narrates, he reveals the distress his mother felt when she learned of the assassination of the South Vietnamese President in 1963.  He also discusses coming to terms with people referring to his father as a “murderer” for his actions in Vietnam on behalf of the government.

William Colby was fired after two and one half years as CIA Director, after he revealed to Congress some of the agency’s darkest secrets about extra-legal operations. Carl Colby discusses the night his father died in 1996.

Carl Colby began his career in the art business in Washington and New York.  He has produced and or directed over 30 documentaries, including an Emmy award winner about legendary director Franco Zeffirelli.

Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 12:22pm (ET)

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