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Screenwriter Budd Schulberg Dies

7 August 2009 8:33 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

The American novelist and scriptwriter Budd Schulberg has died, aged 95. Schulberg is probably best known for his screenplay for the classic Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.

Budd Schulberg was born Seymour Wilson Schulberg in New York City in 1914. His father was Benjamin P. Schulberg, head of Paramount Pictures. Schulberg schooled at Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College before he got a job writing scripts for Paramount. He worked on the screenplays for Little Orphan Annie (starring ) and Winter Carnival (featuring Ann Sheridan), which were released in 1938 and 1939, respectively.

In World War II Schulberg served in the the Office of Strategic Services. When the war was over he turned his hand to writing novels, including 'What Makes Sammy Run?' (1941) and 'The Harder They Fall' (1947). Not long after the war he also appeared before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating allegations of communist activity in Hollywood. »

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