Tom Schulman

Screenwriter, Film writer

1950 –

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Who is Tom Schulman?

Thomas H. Schulman is an American screenwriter best known for his semi-autobiographical screenplay for Dead Poets Society. The film won the 1989 Best Screenplay Academy Award for 1989, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

Schulman earned a BA in philosophy from his hometown university, Vanderbilt.

Though Schulman had already written a number of telemovies, Dead Poets Society was his first movie script to reach the screen. He was hired to rewrite the hit movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids shortly before the film was due to begin shooting; Schulman had just seven days to turn it from a drama into a comedy.

Other scripts written or co-written by Schulman include comedies Welcome to Mooseport, What About Bob?, Second Sight and Holy Man, which stars Eddie Murphy. The Sean Connery drama Medicine Man, originally entitled The Stand, proved a critical failure, although likely not a financial one.

Schulman's only film as director to date is 1997 black comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, which stars Joe Pesci as a gangster attempting to transport a bag of severed heads across the United States.

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Born
Oct 20, 1950
Nashville
Also known as
  • Thomas H. Schulman
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Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
Lived in
  • Tennessee

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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