“I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”
One of the most famous lines in film history, spoken by Marlon Brando as Terry Mallory in “On the Waterfront” was written by Budd Schulberg who passed away yesterday at 95 years of age.
Schulberg won an Oscar for his screenplay and a place in cinema history. Schulberg’s protaganist were the little guy against the machine like Terry Mallory. His also wrote the accliamed novel “What Makes Sammy Run” whose Sammy Glick claws his way to the top of the Hollywood cesspool by any means neccasary. Schulberg called Glick “The Horatio Alger spirit gone mad.” Other works included the screenplay for Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd”, another story of blind ambition and the novel “The Harder They Fall” filmed in 1956.
Attached is the New York Times obit.