Nebraska Authors

Barney Oldfield

Born 1909-01-01 Tecumseh, NE (USA)

Died 2003-04-26
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

North Platte, NE (USA)
Fort McPherson Military Cemetery

Oldfield was a famous publicist, newspaper reporter and one time sports stringer for the Lincoln Star newspaper. In World War II, Col. Oldfield was a press aide to Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower. In Hollywood, he was publicist and press agent for Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. He later worked in public relations for Los Angeles based Litton Industries. In later years he became a well known philanthropist.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Military history; personal narrative; journalism


BJ, 1933, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Air Force Colonel
Corporate director with Litton Industries of California
War correspondent (WW2 and Korea)

Places Worked

Lincoln Star
Lincoln Journal

US Army
Litton Industries


Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame


A significant donor to UN Foundation School of Journalism Fund
Gives all his income from books to charitable funds
Publicist for Erroll Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan
Counselor for George Foreman surrogate father to heavy-weight champ George Foreman


Operation Narcissus, 1978.
Never a Shot in Anger. 1989.
The Kid From Tecumseh. 2002.

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