This son of producer and head of Paramount Pictures B. P. Schulberg, he was born Seymour Wilson Schulberg and began his career with his father's studio, working as a publicist from the age of 17 and a...
Schulberg was taken from his Long Island, New York home on Wednesday (05Aug09) to a local hospital, where he died after doctors failed to revive him.
The scribe was born in New York City in 1914, the son of Paramount Pictures boss B.P. Schulberg, and made a name for himself as a novelist in the 1940s.
He later went on to write screenplays for films including 1957's A Face In The Crowd, before penning his best-known work On The Waterfront, about mafia violence in New Jersey.
The 1954 drama received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando and Best Story and Screenplay for Schulberg.
Schulberg is survived by his wife Betsy and four children.
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Publicist with Paramount at age 17; screenwriter at age 19
Published the non-fiction book, Loser and Still Champion: Muhammad Ali
Published final novel, Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
Adapted "The Disenchanted" into a Broadway play, starring Jason Robards, Jr.
Wrote the prize-fighting novel, The Harder They Fall
Adapted "The Harder They Fall" into a feature film, starring Humphrey Bogart in his final role
First solo screen credit "On the Waterfront"
Wrote a collection of his essays, Sparring With Hemingway: And Other Legends of the Fight Game
Wrote the screenplay for Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd"
Wrote and co-produced (with his younger brother, Stuart) the film, "Wind Across the Everglades"
Published the novel, The Disenchanted
Published the best-selling novel, What Makes Sammy Run?
Became the first boxing editor at Sports Illustrated magazine
First screen work, additional dialogue for "A Star Is Born"
First screenplay, "Little Orphan Annie"
Testified as a friendly witness and "named names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee
This son of producer and head of Paramount Pictures B. P. Schulberg, he was born Seymour Wilson Schulberg and began his career with his father's studio, working as a publicist from the age of 17 and as a screenwriter two years later. He was dismissed from the studio in 1939 after the failure of "Winter Carnival," on which he collaborated with an ailing F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1941, Schulberg penned the controversial roman a clef, <i>What Makes Sammy Run?</i>, a classic satire of Hollywood power, corruption and pretension. He joined John Ford's documentary unit during WWII and "named names" before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951 - an experience that he obliquely examined in his Oscar-winning screenplay for Elia Kazan's gripping 1954 social drama, "On the Waterfront."<p>Schulberg also wrote the cynical boxing novel <i>The Harder They Fall</I> (1947), which provided the basis for the 1956 film of the same name which proved to be Humphrey Bogart's final film. He again collaborated with Kazan on his blistering expose of media demagoguery, "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). In 1950, he wrote a thinly veiled account of F. Scott Fitzgerald in "The Disenchanted" (1950) which he co-adapted for the stage in 1958. In 1995, a stage adaptation of "On the Waterfront" briefly played on Broadway. He was married three times: to actresses Virginia Ray (1936-42), Virginia Anderson (1943-64) and Geraldine Brooks (1964-77). After outliving virtually everyone from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the notorious tough guy passed away of natural causes on Aug. 5, 2009 at age 95.
In 1951, screenwriter Richard Collins, testifying to the House Un-American Activities Committee, named Schulberg as a former member of the Communist Party.
"It's not a pleasant thing," Schulberg said of naming names in a 2000 interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "My own feeling was that while I didn't like the committee being so right-wing, I didn't think it was healthy having a secret organization trying to control the Writers Guild. I felt it was wrong and undermining democracy."