Peter Askin

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Peter Askin (Born 1940) is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing the 2007 film Trumbo, a documentary about the Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted for being a member of the Hollywood Ten.[1] For the film, he worked closely with Trumbo's son, Christopher Trumbo.[2]


Born to a Jewish family,[3] Askin is the son of Alma Askin, the daughter of Joseph Durst,[4] the founder of the Durst Organization and member of one of the most prominent real estate families in New York City in the 20th century.[5] He was educated at Middlebury College and Columbia University.[6] He trained under Wynn Handman at the American Place Theater in New York City.[6] Askin made his debut in 1986 with Down an Alley Filled with Cats.[6] Askin was the screenwriter for such films as Company Man (which he also co-directed) and Smithereens, and he directed and produced the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.[7]


  1. ^ Cieply, Michael (September 11, 2007). "A Voice From the Blacklist: Documentary Lets Dalton Trumbo Speak (Through Surrogates)". New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "Dalton Trumbo - Interview with Director Peter Askin". PBS. Retrieved December 16, 2001.
  3. ^ New York Times: "THEATER; Sex, Even Love, Whatever It Takes to Connect" By JOHN LEGUIZAMO November 25, 2001
  4. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths ASKIN, ALMA" April 22, 2002
  5. ^ New York Times: "In City Real Estate, Old Clans Are Shrewd Again" By CHARLES V. BAGLI February 8, 2010
  6. ^ a b c Hischak, Thomas S. Enter the Playmakers: Directors and Choreographers on the New York Stage 2006
  7. ^ "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved December 16, 2011.

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