On the Waterfront Writer Schulberg Dead at 95

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2009 4:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Legendary Hollywood screenwriter Budd Schulberg has died, the New York Times reports. He was 95. Schulberg, who won an Oscar for On the Waterfront in 1955, was the son of a movie mogul and grew up as a Hollywood insider. His 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run?, a scathing look at the workings of Hollywood, earned him the wrath of Tinseltown and a round of fisticuffs with John Wayne.

Schulberg again angered Hollywood by naming names to the House Un-American Activities Committee during its early '50s probe of the Communist Party's influence in the film industry, a decision he defended as an effort to tackle the party's stifling of free speech. The lifelong boxing fan kept writing until the end: He was working with Spike Lee to get a screenplay on the 1938 Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight made into a movie.