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Budd Schulberg was a contender, was somebody, instead of a bum, which is what he wasn't

Budd Schulberg, Oscar-winning screenwriter, passed away yesterday. He was 95 years old. That’s a long life (yes, sometimes we are Captain Obvious), and he certainly lived it — a one-time Communist, House Un-American Activities Committee testifier, soldier wartime filmmaker (he made lieutenant junior grade), novelist and more was Schulberg.

He is arguably most famous for writing On the Waterfront, a polemic about the working man’s struggle against The Man, which starred Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden, and was directed by Elia Kazan. (He is also arguably most famous for naming names in front of HUAC.) But while we absolutely adore that film — Saint’s career-making performance as Edie is, as much as such an actress can be, sometimes lost amidst the brutal tour de force delivered by Brando — it is another Schulberg/Elia Kazan collabo to which we direct you: A Face in the Crowd. It tells the story of Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith), an opportunist who becomes a victim of opportunity thanks to TV stardom.

We have three narrative biographies on Schulberg, including one from Lives & Perspectives Collection.

Of the actors referenced above, only Eva Marie Saint [CORRECTION: and Andy Griffith] are still living.

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Posted on: August 6, 2009, 12:30 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , , ,

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