Budd Schulberg Dies at 95

schulberg-portraitBudd Schulberg, an American screenwriter, television producer, novelist and sports writer, known for his 1941 novels, viz-‘What Makes Sammy Run’ and ‘The Harder They Fall’ and Academy-award-winning screenplay for ‘On the Waterfront‘ died at 95 at his home in Westhampton, New York. He is survived by his fourth wife ‘Betsey Langman‘ and five children-Victoria (by first wife), Stephen and David (by second wife), Benn and Jessica (by fourth wife)..

Born as Seymour Wilson Schulberg, he was the son of B. P. Schulberg, head of Paramount Pictures and Adeline Jaffe-Schulberg, sister to agent/film producer Sam Jaffe. Known as the first American servicemen to set free the Nazi-run concentration camps during world war-II, Schulberg had interest in politics as well.

Along with other young intellectuals, Schulberg was a member of the American Communist Party from 1936 to 1940. In 1939, he teamed up on the screenplay for Winter Carnival, a light comedy set at Dartmouth, where one of his collaborators, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was fired because of his alcoholic binge during a visit with Schulberg to Dartmouth.

Schulberg attended Deerfield Academy and after that went to Dartmouth College that awarded him with an honorary degree in 1960. He was actively involved in the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern humor magazine at the college.

Besides his writing career, Schulberg  also had a strong sense of social conscience that led him to set up the Watts Writers Workshop in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts riots, an event he recorded in his Emmy-winning TV special, The Angry Voices Of Watts.

Apart from this, Schulberg is also remembered for his passion of the fight game-‘boxing’ clearly seen in his novel The Harder They Fall later adapted into a Bogart-starring noir. He continued to work as a boxing correspondent throughout his life and was inducted into the Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2002.