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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 3 November 1960Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Monahan was born on November 3, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Departed (2006), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Body of Lies (2008).

Trivia (7)

Was paid a mid-six figure sum for his original epic _Tripoli (2007)_ in the fall of 2000. That script landed him the deal to write the original screenplay Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Both were set up for Ridley Scott to direct. Monahan wrote three other screenplays for Scott.
Won Pushcart Prize for literary short fiction, 1996. He also sold the novel "Light House: A Trifle" to the Penguin Putnam imprint Riverhead Books. Light House was optioned by Warner Brothers and Monahan wrote the script and became a WGA screenwriter when he was 35 years old.
Former Spy magazine editor
While on the filming Kingdom of Heaven in Seville, Spain, Monahan bought back the rights to his novel "Light House: A Trifle" from Penguin- Putnam, and took the book off the market before the publisher knew he had written Kingdom of Heaven and The Departed.

"They said they would wait for the Light House movie to promote Light House as book," he said. "I thought if they were so keyed into film to do their job I might as well cut out books."

Light House is now on the classics imprint Odyssey Editions.
In the book "A Mind for Murder: Harvard and the Unabomber", by Alston Chase, William Monahan is identified as being the only person to solve the bomber's lexically-based targeting methodology before the Unabomber's capture.
One of 115 invitees to join AMPAS in 2007.
Learned about the stories of The Essex and Tripoli when he was twelve years old and wrote the movies out and illustrated them without having seen a screenplay until he found Dylan Thomas' "The Doctor and the Devils".

Personal Quotes (1)

I wanted to be an old-fashioned man of letters, so I essentially prepared myself very carefully through my 20s for a job that doesn't exist anymore....Just before all this happened, I thought, 'Out of everything you can do or think you can do, pick one thing and be it.' What I picked was to be the screenwriter.

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