Budd Schulberg joins Team Boxingtalk


Budd Schulberg joins Team Boxingtalk

One of the most celebrated contemporary American authors, Schulberg has achieved fame as a novelist, playwright, short story writer, publicist and screenwriter during his 70-year career. Raised in Hollywood, his father, B.P. Schulberg, a pioneer film producer, Budd Schulberg published his first novel soon after graduation from Dartmouth.  What Makes Sammy Run? became a runaway bestseller and put a new word in the language, Sammy, a one-word description of a ruthless go-getter.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1936, Schulberg became a screenwriter and continued to pen short stories, which were published in Liberty, Colliers, and The Saturday Evening Post. He completed his first novel, What Makes Sammy Run? in 1941 and his second novel, The Harder They Fall, the story of a prizefighter controlled by corrupt managers, was made into a motion picture starring Humphrey Bogart in 1956. Schulberg's famous screenplay for On The Waterfront, which starred Marlon Brando as boxer Terry Malloy, won 8 Academy Awards in 1954 including best picture.  His screenplay for On The Waterfront won him an Oscar, with its line "I coulda been a contenda", one of the most quotable in film history.  Another collaboration with director Elia Kazan, A Face In the Crowd, won a Berlin Festival Award for Best Screenplay.

One of the most revered boxing writers and historians Schulberg has penned such boxing books as Loser and Still Champion: Muhammad Ali and Sparring With Hemingway and has covered world championship boxing for Playboy, Esquire, and Newsday. Also in early 1950s Schulberg was the first boxing editor at Sports Illustrated. His articles have garnered him the
Boxing Writers Association A.J. Liebling Award for outstanding boxing writing. 

Through his writing, which often dealt with boxing, Schulberg has endeared himself to the fistic community. His passion for boxing was inherited from his father, motion picture pioneer and Paramount Studios production chief, B.P Schulberg, who took his young son to the fights every week at the Hollywood Legion and introduced him to all the greatest warriors of the day.

A lifelong fight fan, he has collected his boxing pieces in the book Sparring With Hemingway.  A second collection, Ringside was published earlier this year.  From the Boxing Writers of America he has received the A.J. Liebling Award, and from Notre Dame, the Bengal Bouts Award.  He was the first non-boxer honored by the WBA as a Living Legend of Boxing and was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Other works of fiction include The Harder They Fall and The Disenchanted.  Works of non-fiction include Loser and Still Champion: Muhammad Ali, Writers in America and Swan Watch.  His autobiography Moving Pictures:  Memories of a Hollywood Prince, weaves his personal story through the pioneer film world into which he was born. 
His work for the theater includes a two-year-run on Broadway of his musical version of What Makes Sammy Run?.  His play, The Disenchanted, also had a successful run on Broadway, earning a Tony Award for Jason Robards.

In the wake of the Los Angeles riots in the mid-60's, Mr. Schulberg founded the Watts Writers Workshop.  His TV documentary, The Angry Voices of Watts, won an Emmy.  He also co-founded, in 1971, and is still actively involved with the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, a school for three-hundred aspiring minority writers in New York City.   For this
work he has received humanitarian awards from the NAACP, the B'nai Brith, the Amistad Society, and many others.

He has published several hundred short stories and articles for periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, its Sunday Book Review, Esquire, G.Q., The New Yorker, Harper's and Vanity Fair.

Presently, he's writing a second part to his autobiography and still has his hands in Hollywood, collaborating with Spike Lee and Ben Stiller on separate film projects.  Based on a story by Bert Sugar, he co-wrote a screenplay with Lee on the epic Joe Louis-Max Schmeling rivalry that hopes to be made in the coming year.  He's worked with Ben Stiller to create a new screenplay for What Makes Sammy Run?

Schulberg continues to live and work on Eastern Long Island. His  latest accomplishments include seeing his story Senor Discretion Himself, adapted by Frank Loesser, come to life at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., winning the 2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical. He also won the Deauville Book Award for the French publication of Sanctuary V, originally written in 1970.  Last month, he was back in his hometown of Los Angeles to receive the Thomas Ince Award at the Backlot film festival, honoring his works.