Budd Schulberg, one of the true giants, has died.
For "On the Waterfront," Mr. Schulberg won the Academy Award for best screenplay in 1954.
The son of a powerful movie executive, B. P. Schulberg, Mr. Schulberg wrote about Hollywood moguls, political ideologues and mob bosses who took advantage of ordinary people. "It's the writer's responsibility to stand up against that power," he said in an interview with The New York Times in July 2006. "The writers are really almost the only ones, except for very honest politicians, who can make any dent on that system. I tried to do that. And that's affected me my whole life."
In "What Makes Sammy Run?," the novel's antihero is a young man who will do almost anything to achieve success. He rises from a newspaper copy boy to a Hollywood executive solely because of his ambition.