William Goldman (I) (1931–2018)


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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 & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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  The Monkey Wrench Gang (screenplay) (announced)
 2018/II 5 Minutes (Short)
 2015 Jake and the Giants (inspired)
 2015 Wild Card (based on the novel "Heat" by) / (screenplay by)
 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 Da Vinci (Short) (story)
 1996 The Ghost and the Darkness (written by)
 1996 The Chamber (screenplay)
 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 (based upon his book) / (screenplay by)
 1986 Heat (novel) / (screenplay)
 1979 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (based on characters created by)
 1979 Mr. Horn (TV Mini Series)
 1978 Magic (based on his novel) / (screenplay)
 1977 A Bridge Too Far (screenplay by)
 1976 Marathon Man (from: his novel) / (screenplay)
 1976 All the President's Men (screenplay)
 1975 The Stepford Wives (screenplay)
 1975 The Great Waldo Pepper (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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Other Works:

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

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Simon Morgenstern

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Ilene Jones  (divorced)  (2 children)

Parents:

Weil, Marion | Goldman, Maurice Clarence

Relatives:

James Goldman (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[on the persistent rumor that he, and not Ben Affleck & Matt Damon, is the actual author of the screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997)] I would love to say that I wrote it. Here is the truth. In my obit, it will say that I wrote it. People don't want to think those two cute guys wrote it. What happened was, they had the script. It was their script. They gave it to Rob Reiner to read, and there ... See more »

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Education: B.A., Oberlin College, 1952; M.A., Columbia University, 1956 See more »

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