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      William Goldman

      William Goldman

      Highest Rated: 96% The Princess Bride (1987)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 12, 1931

      Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, USA

      One of the most celebrated writers to make a name for himself in both literature and film, William Goldman was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1931. He would enroll at Oberlin College, where a creative writing class awakened his desire to become an author, and soon began submitting short stories for publication. Shortly after obtaining an MFA from Columbia University in 1956, Goldman published his first novel, the coming of age tale The Golden Temple. Soon he was off and running, publishing books like Soldier in the Rain and Boys and Girls Together. In 1965, Goldman was tapped to rewrite the script for the film "Masquerade" (1965), and soon, screenwriting became an integral component of his career. After his screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) became a huge success, Goldman published the highly unusual and highly praised fantasy novel The Princess Bride in 1973. He would go on to publish the thriller Marathon Man, adapting it into a hit film in 1976 before penning another lauded script, adapting Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men into a landmark feature film. Goldman's 1983 memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade would become a de facto guidebook for young writers in the industry, and his reputation only became stronger when he adapted The Princess Bride into a blockbuster hit in 1987. Goldman would concentrate on screenwriting for the following decades, notably adapting a number of Stephen King novels for the screen including Misery and Dreamcatcher. William Goldman died in November 2018. He was 87 years old.


      TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter William Goldman, 2009. ©First Run Features TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, screenwriter William Goldman, 2009. ©First Run Features



      31% 29% Wild Card Screenwriter - 2015
      28% 35% Dreamcatcher Screenwriter $33.7M 2003
      49% 64% Hearts in Atlantis Screenwriter $24.2M 2001
      21% 46% The General's Daughter Writer $102.7M 1999
      12% 39% The Chamber Screenwriter $14.4M 1996
      50% 75% The Ghost and the Darkness Writer $38.6M 1996
      68% 71% Maverick Screenwriter $101.5M 1994
      26% 32% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Screenwriter $13.4M 1992
      0% 50% Year of the Comet Screenwriter $2.2M 1992
      91% 90% Misery Screenwriter $54.7M 1990
      96% 94% The Princess Bride Writer $26.9M 1987
      87% 64% Magic Screenwriter - 1978
      59% 85% A Bridge Too Far Screenwriter - 1977
      81% 81% Marathon Man Writer - 1976
      94% 92% All the President's Men Writer - 1976
      68% 65% The Stepford Wives Screenwriter - 1975
      78% 69% The Hot Rock Writer - 1972
      88% 92% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Writer - 1969
      95% 73% Harper Writer - 1966
      40% 29% Masquerade Writer - 1965


      100% 57% The Lady and the Dale Self 2021
      91% 76% Transparent Jim Cashman (Guest Star) 2015