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Maximilian Shulman was an American writer and humorist best known for his television and short story character Dobie Gillis, as well as for best-selling novels.


Shulman, Max was born on March 14, 1919 in St. Paul. Son of Abraham and Bessie (Karchmer) Shulman.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Minnesota, 1942.


Early life and career Shulman 's earliest published writing was for Ski-U-Mah, the college humor magazine of the University of Minnesota, in the 1930s. His writing often focused on young people, particularly in a collegiate setting. In 1943 he wrote his first novel, Barefoot Boy with Cheek, a satire on college life, while still a student.

Later career Shulman's works include the novels , which was made into a film starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The Feather Merchants. The Zebra Derby; Sleep till Noon.

And Potatoes are Cheaper. In 1954 he co-wrote (with Robert Paul Smith) the Broadway play The Tender Trap starring Robert Preston, which was later adapted into a movie starring Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds. He wrote the libretto for the 1968 musical How Now, Dow Jones, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical.

Shulman's collegiate character, Dobie Gillis, was the subject of a series of short stories compiled under the title The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which became the basis for the 1953 movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, followed by a CBS television series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1963). Shulman was a script writer for the series and also wrote the series' theme song. The same year the series began, Shulman published a Dobie Gillis novel.

After his initial success with Dobie Gillis in the early 1950s, Shulman syndicated a humor column, "On Campus", to over 350 collegiate newspapers at one point. A later novel, , satirized both the television and tobacco industries (which was ironic as his "On Campus" column was sponsored by a cigarette company), as well as the South and college football. His last major project was House Calls, which began as a 1978 movie based on one of his stories, and starred Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.

It spun off the 1979-1982 television series of the same name, starring Wayne Rogers and Lynn Redgrave in the leads. Shulman was the head writer. Shulman was one of the collaborators on a 1954 non-fiction television program Light's Diamond Jubilee, timed to the 75th anniversary of the invention of the light bulb.

Max Shulman died August 28, 1988, of bone cancer at the age of 69 in Los Angeles, California.



Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1944. Member Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild American.


Married Carol Rees, December 21, 1941 (deceased 1963). Children– Daniel, Max, Peter, Martha. Married Mary G. Bryant, 1964.

Abraham Shulman

Bessie (Karchmer) Shulman

Carol Rees

Mary G. Bryant

Daniel Shulman

Max Shulman

Peter Shulman

Martha Shulman