Peter Ackerman (playwright)

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Peter Ackerman
OccupationPlaywright, actor, screenwriter
Notable work
Ice Age
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Peter Ackerman is an American playwright, actor, and screenwriter best known as a co-writer of the animated movie Ice Age for 20th Century Fox.


Peter Ackerman began his varied career as an actor in the low budget movie Astronomy of Errors (2000). He later went on to perform in the off-Broadway in the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and in Visiting Mr. Green.[1]

As a writer he was hired by 20th Century Fox to work on the animated movie Ice Age where he became one of several screenwriters on the project. In 2002 Ice Age, starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary, was a box office success, received an Academy Award nomination, and became one of animation's highest-grossing movies. Later he co-wrote the third Ice Age movie, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which was released in 2009. Following the Ice Age movies, Ackerman was a writer and producer on the TV series The Americans on FX channel about two Soviet spies who pretend to be a married couple in the U.S.[2] In May 2017, he was announced to write the screenplay of The Angry Birds Movie 2 for Sony Pictures.

For the stage Ackerman’s debut play, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, was performed off-Broadway in New York and at Soho Rep in London. The play was audio presentation for L.A. Theatre Works and appeared on member National Public Radio stations in North America. He also adapted it for DirecTV. He was commissioned by NPR to write another radio play, I’d Rather Eat Pants, which was broadcast as a short serial on Morning Edition. He also authored the play, The Urn and his adaptation of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick Jr., won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival on Broadway. He has also written the children’s books The Lonely Typewriter, and The Lonely Phone Booth which was produced as a musical at the Manhattan Children’s Theatre.[3][1]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Ackerman". Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  2. ^ "20th Century Fox Press Kit - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs".
  3. ^ "Peter Ackerman". Broadway Play Publishing. Retrieved 2017-06-01.

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