Michael B. Druxman

Michael B. Druxman

Director, playwright and screenwriter in Austin, Texas

About Michael

Michael B. Druxman is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include "Cheyenne Warrior" with Kelly Preston; "Dillinger and Capone" starring Martin Sheen and F. Murray Abraham; and "The Doorway" with Roy Scheider, which he also directed.

He is also a prolific playwright, his one-person play, Jolson, having had numerous productions around the country. Other produced stage credits include one-person plays about Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Spencer Tracy and Orson Welles. These and plays about Errol Flynn, Maurice Chevalier, Basil Rathbone and Clara Bow, plus a two-person play about Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy, have been individually published under the collective title of The Hollywood Legends.

Additionally, Mr. Druxman is the author of more than fifteen published books, including several nonfiction works about Hollywood, its movies, and the people who make them (e.g., "Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films," "Make It Again, Sam: A Survey of Movie Remakes," "One Good Film Deserves Another: A Survey of Movie Sequels," "Merv" [Griffin] and "The Musical: From Broadway to Hollywood".

He has written two novels, "Nobody Drowns in Mineral Lake" and "Shadow Watcher," a book of short stories, entitled "Dracula Meets Jack the Ripper & Other Revisionist Histories," plus the humorous revisionist history, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker," and "Family Secret," a non-fiction book co-authored with Warren Hull, which reveals the true facts behind the 1947 murder of mobster “Bugsy” Siegel in Beverly Hills.

An acknowledged Hollywood historian, he has also written television documentaries and has been interviewed for various retrospective featurettes that have accompanied DVD releases of classic films (e.g. "The Maltese Falcon," etc.).

Mr. Druxman is a former Hollywood publicist of 35 years experience who has represented many film and television stars, as well as noted directors, producers and composers. One of his Academy Award campaigns is often mentioned in books dealing with Oscar’s history. He has taught various dramatic writing and film appreciation courses in an adult university and is the author of "How to Write a Story…Any Story: The Art of Storytelling," which has been used as a text in several
colleges. He is often invited to speak to groups of aspiring film and television professionals to discuss screenwriting and the realities of show business.

A native of Seattle who graduated from Garfield High School and the University of Washington, Mr. Druxman moved with his wife, Sandy, from Los Angeles to Austin, TX in 2009.

His two memoirs, "My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood and How I Escaped Alive" (2010) and "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Hollywood" (2013), are published by BearManor Media.

Name: Michael B. Druxman

Lives in: Austin, Texas

Occupation: Director, Playwright, Screenwriter and Stage Director


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