Dore Schary (1905-1980) was one of Hollywood's most distinguished writers, directors and producers.
His 372 film credits include a host of motion pictures that are eloquent
testimony to his love of people and his passionate respect for their
Born in Newark, NJ, in 1905,
Dore Schary worked as an actor, journalist, publicist, and playwright
before coming to Hollywood in the early 1930s. After establishing himself
as a successful screenwriter -- sharing an Academy Award for the original
story for Boys Town (1938) -- he became a producer, rising through the
studio ranks until he was named chief of production at MGM in 1948.
In his eight years in that position, he endeavored to strike a balance
in the company's output between escapist entertainment and serious,
issue-oriented films, while also attempting to resist the political
witch-hunters and blacklisting of the McCarthy era. After leaving MGM
in 1956, he wrote and produced Sunrise at Campobello, the acclaimed
play about Franklin Roosevelt's struggle with paralysis, which won five
Tony Awards and was late made into a film. Schary continued to work
in film and theater as a writer, producer and director until his death
A committed liberal activist
in both his public and his professional life, Schary served as National
Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, and as New York City Commissioner
of Cultural Affairs. To honor his memory, the Anti-Defamation League
has established the Dore Schary Awards.