Thomas H. Schulman (born October 20, 1951) is an American screenwriter best known for his semi-autobiographical screenplay Dead Poets Society based on his time at the illustrious Montgomery Bell Academy, a college-preparatory day school located in Nashville, Tennessee. The film won the Best Screenplay Academy Award in 1989, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Weir).
Thomas H. Schulman
October 20, 1951
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
Following his time at MBA, 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 (which Schulman sold the same day as Dead Poets Society) and Holy Man, which stars Eddie Murphy. The Sean Connery drama Medicine Man, originally entitled The Stand, proved a critical failure. Schulman executive produced the movie Indecent Proposal.
Schulman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, attorney Karen Gaul Schulman.
|1976||Joy Ride: An Auto Theft||Written by, assistant director||Short film, co-wrote with Bill Crain|
|1986||The Gladiator||Story by, executive producer||Co-wrote story with Jeffrey Walker and William Bleich|
|1988||A Father's Revenge||Story by||Co-wrote story with Mel Frohman|
|1989||Dead Poets Society||Written by|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||Screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Ed Naha|
|Second Sight||Written by||Co-wrote with Patricia Resnick|
|1991||What About Bob?||Screenplay by|
|1992||Medicine Man||Screenplay by, story by||Co-wrote screenplay with Sally Robinson|
|1993||Incedent Proposal||Executive producer|
|1997||8 Heads in a Duffel Bag||Director, written by|
|1998||Holy Man||Written by|
|2000||Me, Myself, and Irene||Executive producer|
|2004||Welcome to Mooseport||Screenplay by, producer|
|2019||My Dad, Stephanie||Consulting producer|
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- Tom Schulman Biography (1951–)
- Tom Schulman at IMDb