Up 2,518 this week

William Goldman (I)

Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in Hollywood. See full bio »
More at IMDbPro » Contact Info on IMDbPro Contact Info: View legal

Fall TV Guide

Find out everything you need to stay up to date with the upcoming season in our Fall TV Guide!

Visit the Fall TV Guide

On Amazon Video

Projects In Development

Details only on IMDbPro »

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 people
created 21 Jun 2012
a list of 40 people
created 04 Mar 2014
a list of 26 people
created 11 Jul 2014
a list of 29 people
created 07 Dec 2014
a list of 38 people
created 18 Jan 2015

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of William Goldman's work have you seen?

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Princess Bride
Marathon Man
Marathon Man Writer
Misery Writer


Hide Hide Show Show Writer (33 credits)
 2015 Jake and the Giants (inspired)
 2015 Wild Card (novel "Heat") / (screenplay)
 2012 The Princess Bride (Short) (novel)
 2003 Dreamcatcher (screenplay)
 2001 Hearts in Atlantis (screenplay)
 1999 The General's Daughter (screenplay)
 1997 Absolute Power (screenplay)
 1997 Fierce Creatures (uncredited)
 1996 The Ghost and the Darkness (written by)
 1996 The Chamber (screenplay)
 1996 Da Vinci (Short) (story)
 1994 Maverick (written by)
 1992 Chaplin (screenplay)
 1992 Year of the Comet (written by)
 1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man (screenplay)
 1990 Misery (screenplay)
 1987 The Princess Bride (book) / (screenplay)
 1986 Heat (novel) / (screenplay)
 1979 Mr. Horn (TV Movie)
 1978 Magic (novel) / (screenplay)
 1977 A Bridge Too Far (screenplay)
 1976 Marathon Man (from: his novel) / (screenplay)
 1976 All the President's Men (screenplay)
 1975 The Great Waldo Pepper (screenplay)
 1975 The Stepford Wives (screenplay)
 1973 Papillon (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1972 The Hot Rock (screenplay)
 1968 No Way to Treat a Lady (based on the novel by)
 1966 Harper (screenplay)
 1965 Masquerade (screenplay)
 1963 Soldier in the Rain (novel)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (8 credits)
Show Show Self (32 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "No Way to Treat a Lady" (filmed as No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Simon Morgenstern


6' 1" (1.85 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Directors lose it around age 60, they're either too rich or they can't get work anymore. And it's physically debilitating work. That's why Gran Torino (2008) amazes me. Clint Eastwood is nearly 80, and he can still make a movie like that. He is having the most amazing career. See more »


In the book "Hollywood Animal", fellow screenwriter Joe Eszterhas calls Goldman various expletives for "writing for the director's vision" and not for his own original ideas. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
HELP ME!!! Buttercup's Baby??? me_monkey11
Goldman turned Greedyman mrw0963
Florin elvyralani
Me, Myself + Irene tylerdurden112233
The Color of Light Zorro-3
Does anyone know? jpachon-1
Discuss William Goldman on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page