Thursday, August 06, 2009

Budd Schulberg 1914-2009

Budd Schulberg, one of the great American screenwriters, has died at the age of 95.

Most famous for his screenplay for On The Waterfront, he also wrote the classic Hollywood novel, What Makes Sammy Run?

Some obituaries: The Telegraph, The Guardian, Time and, by Michael Weiner in The New York Times.
Mr. Schulberg...wrote journalism, short stories, novels and biographies. He collaborated with F. Scott Fitzgerald, arrested the Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and named names before a Communist-hunting Congressional committee. But he was best known for writing some of the most famous lines in the history of the movies.

Some were delivered by Marlon Brando playing the longshoreman Terry Malloy in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront.” Malloy had lost a shot at a prizefighting title by taking a fall for easy money.

“I coulda been a contender,” Malloy tells his brother, Charley (Rod Steiger). “I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am.”
The New York Times also has a video interview with Schulberg recorded in 2006, while The LA Times has a photo gallery recalling some of the key moments in his life.


  1. He was a great American screen writer... i really like his stories... mostly i read novels. such a beautiful...

  2. What Makes Sammy Run? is amazingly fresh, funny and relevant. It's hard to believe that it was written nearly 70 years ago.


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