Budd Schulberg

Budd Schulberg, who chronicled the corrupting mores of modern American life in works such as the novels "What Makes Sammy Run?" and "The Harder They Fall," and the movies "On the Waterfront" and "A Face in the Crowd," died on Aug. 5, 2009. He was 95 and lived in the Brookside section of Westhampton Beach, NY. A tireless writer, the populist-minded Mr. Schulberg worked in nearly every field that required words. His forays into theatre were few, but of significant impact. In 1958, he and Harvey Breit adapted his novel "The Disenchanted" into a stage play starring Jason Robards, Jr., as Manley Halliday, a disintegrating, alcoholic novelist based on F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel had drawn from Mr. Schulberg's disastrous experience in 1938 collaborating on a screenplay with Fitzgerald, who was then at his drunken, irresponsible nadir. The two men went to New Hampshire to research the film, called "Winter Carnival," but the trip backfired when Fitzgerald went off on a bender, leaving Mr. Schulberg to pick up the pieces.

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  • Also known as: Budd Wilson Schulberg
  • Born: Mar 27, 1914 in New York, New York
  • Death: Aug 5, 2009 in Westhampton Beach, New York