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]


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