Thursday, 6 August 2009

Budd Schulberg RIP

Budd Schulberg, screenwriter, sports journalist, novelist, and member of the first generation of Hollywood royalty, passed away this week at the age of 95.

His father was BP Schulberg, then president of Paramount, and his uncle was Sam Jaffe, one of the industry's first power-agents, so he was literally born into the industry. With movies in his blood he started out as a screenwriter.

His screenwriting credits included an Oscar for On The Waterfront, and the media satire/allegory A Face In The Crowd. As a novelist he was most famous for What Makes Sammy Run, a scathing tale of a Hollywood's dog-eat-dog treachery.

He also served in the Navy during WW2, and was recruited into John Ford's OSS Documentary unit, chronicling the liberation of the Nazi death camps by US Forces, investigating war crimes, and personally arresting German propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.

I'd like to offer my condolences to his friends and family. He was a major groundbreaker, and his contribution to modern popular culture will live on.

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