"What Makes Sammy Run" was written by the American novelist, journalist, producer and screenwriter Budd Schulberg. Shulberg was born in New York in 1914. He was the son of the Hollywood producer Benjamin Percival or B.P. Schulberg, and grew up in Hollywood.
"What Makes Sammy Run" is inspired by Schulberg's father, which depicts the life of a boy, Sammy Glick, who becomes a screenwriter through deceit and trickery. Shulberg is also known for writing the Oscar-winning screenplay, "On the Waterfront," which features the American cultural icon Marlon Brando. In addition, he wrote "The Harder They Fall" and "The Disenchanted," which won the American Library Award for fiction. Schulberg passed away on August 5, 2009 in New York at the age of 95.