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

Known For

The Princess Bride
(1987)
Marathon Man
Marathon Man Writer
(1976)
Misery
Misery Writer
(1990)

Filmography

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 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)
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Wrote a rejected draft of Mission: Impossible II (2000) See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Simon Morgenstern

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the significance of the movie All the President's Men (1976)] "No less acute [an] observer of American politics than Governor Ronald Reagan of California said that he thought the movie eventually cost Gerald Ford the presidency against Jimmy Carter, because the film's release in April 1976 and its long run flushed to the surface again all the realities of Watergate that the Republicans had ... See more »

Trivia:

He knew he'd succeed as a screenwriter as soon as he wrote the opening scene in Harper (1966) in which Harper is forced to recycle used coffee grounds for his morning cup of coffee. Harper's dismay at the result, as realized by Paul Newman on screen, immediately created empathy between the character and the audience. Ironically, that opening sequence was the last thing he wrote for that script. See more »

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