Dalton Trumbo

1905 - 1976

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James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter who scripted many award-winning films, including Roman Holiday (1953), Exodus, Spartacus (both 1960), and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). 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, the other members of the Hollywood Ten, and hundreds of other professionals in the industry were blacklisted by Hollywood. He was, however, able to continue working clandestinely on major films, writing under pseudonyms or other authors' names. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dalton Trumbo has received more than 4,788,867 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Dalton Trumbo is the 1,064th most popular writer (down from 711th in 2019), the 1,211th most popular biography from United States (down from 736th in 2019) and the 123rd most popular American Writer.

Dalton Trumbo was a Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors who were called before the HUAC in 1947 and questioned about their involvement with the Communist Party. Trumbo was one of the few who refused to answer any questions.

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Among writers, Dalton Trumbo ranks 1,064 out of 5,794Before him are Joost van den Vondel, James Hadley Chase, Roger Caillois, Max Nordau, Cai Yan, and Nikolai Leskov. After him are Jan Potocki, Joan Fuster, N. F. S. Grundtvig, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Arthur Hailey, and Bertran de Born.

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Among people born in 1905, Dalton Trumbo ranks 42Before him are Lale Andersen, Nevill Francis Mott, Takashi Shimura, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Carl Gustav Hempel, and Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim. After him are Otto Preminger, Prince John of the United Kingdom, James J. Braddock, Barnett Newman, Sebastian Shaw, and Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark. Among people deceased in 1976, Dalton Trumbo ranks 41Before him are Josef Albers, René Cassin, Andrei Grechko, Lars Onsager, Yonatan Netanyahu, and Prince Paul of Yugoslavia. After him are Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Paul Lazarsfeld, João Goulart, Yukio Goto, Lin Yutang, and Arnold Gehlen.

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Among people born in United States, Dalton Trumbo ranks 1,211 out of 15,968Before him are Andrew Dickson White (1832), River Phoenix (1970), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), Albert Pike (1809), Nelson Goodman (1906), and Carl Reiner (1922). After him are Frank B. Kellogg (1856), John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874), Lita Grey (1908), Bob Newhart (1929), Pat Nixon (1912), and Britney Spears (1981).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Dalton Trumbo ranks 123Before him are Will Durant (1885), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Edith Wharton (1862), John Dickson Carr (1906), Fredric Brown (1906), and Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840). After him are Ken Kesey (1935), John Grisham (1955), Donna Leon (1942), Valerie Solanas (1936), Virginia Henderson (1897), and Robert Sheckley (1928).