Dalton Trumbo

Novelist, Film writer

1905 – 1976

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Who was Dalton Trumbo?

James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter and novelist. As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich", Trumbo's pseudonym.

Blacklisting effectively ended in 1960 when it lost credibility. Trumbo was publicly given credit for two blockbuster films: Otto Preminger made public that Trumbo wrote the screenplay for the smash hit, Exodus, and Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus. Further, President John F. Kennedy crossed picket lines to see the movie.

On December 19, 2011, The Writers Guild of America announced that Trumbo was given full credit for his work on the screenplay of the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, sixty years after the fact.

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Born
Dec 9, 1905
Montrose
Also known as
  • Robert Cole
  • Robert Rich
  • Jack Davis
  • James Dalton Trumbo
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Southern California
  • Grand Junction High School
  • University of Colorado Boulder
Lived in
  • Colorado
Died
Sep 10, 1976
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013