William Goldman - Overview

Date of Birth: Aug 12, 1931    
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality: United States
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Widely considered among the finest storytellers in Hollywood, screenwriter William Goldman wrote many of cinema's most prominent films, some of which were adapted by him from his own novels. Though he started his writing career as a novelist and playwright, Goldman emerged with the stylish "Harper" (1966) and cemented his career early on with the iconic revisionist Western, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), which earned him his first Academy Award. Over the next decade, Goldman amassed a list of envious credits, writing such heavy hitters as "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "All the President's Men" (1976) - which delivered his second Oscar -and "Marathon Man" (1976), the last of which featured the most infamous use of dental tools recorded on celluloid. After writing the World War II epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977), Goldman stepped aside from Hollywood to focus on books, including the seminal memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983), which famously told the world that in Hollywood, "Nobody knows anything." He returned to prominence with an adaptation of... Read More
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