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Dalton Trumbo
Trumbo at House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, 1947
Born James Dalton Trumbo
(1905-12-09)December 9, 1905
Montrose, Colorado, U.S.
Died September 10, 1976(1976-09-10) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Pen name Robert Rich
Occupation Screenwriter, Writer
Spouse Cleo Beth Fincher
(1938–1976; his death)
  • Christopher Trumbo
  • Melissa Trumbo
  • Nikola Trumbo

James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist.

Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry.

Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one (for Roman Holiday) was originally given to a front writer, and one (for The Brave One) was awarded to "Robert Rich", Trumbo's pseudonym.

Trumbo died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1976 at the age of 70.

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

Actor Bryan Cranston plays Trumbo in the 2015 biopic Trumbo directed by Jay Roach.

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