Arnold Schulman
Born(1925-08-11)August 11, 1925
DiedFebruary 4, 2023(2023-02-04) (aged 97)
Occupation(s)Writer, producer, songwriter, actor

Arnold Schulman (August 11, 1925 – February 4, 2023) was an American playwright, screenwriter, producer, songwriter and novelist. He was a stage actor long associated with the American Theatre Wing and the Actors Studio.[1]


Born to a Jewish family[2] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Schulman attended the University of North Carolina where he took writing courses. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II, and in 1946 came to New York City, where he began to write in earnest. He studied playwriting with Robert Anderson (Tea and Sympathy) in classes at New York's American Theatre Wing, scripted for television during the early 1950s, making a transition to Hollywood films in 1957.

Schulman died at his Santa Monica home on February 4, 2023, at the age of 97.[3]


Schulman received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay for Love with the Proper Stranger in 1963 and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Goodbye, Columbus in 1969. He also received three Writers Guild nominations for Best Screenplay for Wild Is the Wind, A Hole in the Head and Love with the Proper Stranger, and a Writers Guild award for Goodbye, Columbus. He was also the recipient of a Humanitas Prize award in 1994 for his work on And the Band Played On.[4]

Schulman was credited as the screenwriter of Players, although the script was rewritten without his consent, and by contract he wasn't able to take his name off.[5]




  1. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1997). "Backstory 3: interviews with screenwriters of the 1960s," pages 298–327, "Arnold Schulman: Nothing but regrets.". University of California Press. ISBN 9780520204270.
  2. ^ UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004: "Arnold Schulman: Nothing but Regrets" Interview by Pat McGilligan"
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Arnold Schulman, Screenwriter on 'Goodbye, Columbus' and 'Love With the Proper Stranger,' Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  4. ^ "The Humanitas Prize Past Winners". Archived from the original on April 6, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  5. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1997). Backstory 3: interviews with screenwriters of the 1960s. ISBN 9780520204270.
  6. ^ F. Dick, Bernard (1988). Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten. The University Press of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. p. 200. ISBN 9780813116600. Arnold Schulman.
  7. ^ Capra, Frank (1997). The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography. Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780306807718.