William Goldman

Screenwriter, Author
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (33)

Wild Card 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wild Card 2015 (Movie)

(based on the novel: "Heat") (Source Material)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The General's Daughter 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Year of the Comet 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Misery 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heat 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heat 1987 (Movie)

("Heat") (Source Material (from novel))

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

("The Princess Bride") (Source Material (from novel))

Magic 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Magic 1978 (Movie)

("Magic") (Source Material (from novel))

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

("Marathon Man") (Source Material (from novel))

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stepford Wives 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Way to Treat a Lady 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Masquerade 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Mr. Horn (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (10)

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

History Vs. Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Face With John Cleese 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA at 50 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (7)

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(Consultant)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Washington DC unit) (Creative Consultant)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

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 his own novel,"The Princess Bride" (1987), a wise and whimsical fantasy comedy that became one of his most beloved movies. After adapting the Stephen King novel "Misery" (1990), Goldman began experiencing something of a slide with titles like "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" (1992), "The Chamber" (1996) and "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996). Despite misfires such as the bizarre King adaptation "Dreamcatcher" (2003), Goldman remained an inspiration to new generations of aspiring scribes hoping to attain even a fraction of his creative and commercial success.

Relationships

Marion Goldman

Mother

Maurice Goldman

Father

Jenny Goldman

Daughter
born c. 1962

Susanna Goldman

Daughter
born c. 1965

James Goldman

Brother
born on June 30, 1927 author of "The Lion in Winter" and the book for "Follies" died on October 28, 1998 of a heart attack in NYC

Ilene Jones

Wife
married on April 15, 1961 divorced in 1988

EDUCATION

Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio 1952

Columbia University

New York , New York 1956

Milestones

2003

Adapted another Stephen King novel, "Dreamcatcher," for director Lawrence Kasdan

2001

Penned the script for "Hearts in Atlantis", adapted from a Stephen King book

1999

Contributed to the screenplay adaptation of Nelson DeMille's best-seller "The General's Daughter"

1997

Wrote script for Clint Eastwood's "Absolute Power", adapted from the novel by David Baldacci

1994

Provided screenplay for Richard Donner's "Maverick"

1992

Collaborated on screenplay for Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"

1992

First original screenplay in over 20-years "Year of the Comet"

1990

Wrote screenplay for "Misery", based on the Stephen King novel; film directed by Reiner and starred Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning role

1987

Adapted his novel, "The Princess Bride", to the screen; directed by Rob Reiner

1979

First work for TV, the CBS miniseries "Mr. Horn", starring David Carradine; originally written as a film vehicle for Redford and later Steve McQueen

1978

Adapted his novel "Magic" for the screen; directed by Attenborough

1977

First collaboration with Richard Attenborough, the WWII drama "A Bridge Too Far"

1976

Wrote film adaptation of own thriller "Marathon Man"

1976

Won second Oscar for adaptation of "All the President's Men" for producer-star Redford

1975

Reteamed with director Hill and star Redford for the period comedy-drama "The Great Waldo Pepper"

1972

Scripted "The Hot Rock", adapted from Donald E Westlake's novel; film starred Redford

1968

Established screenwriting credentials with an Academy Award-winning original script for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", directed by George Roy Hill and starring Newman and Robert Redford

1966

Adapted the Ross MacDonald novel "The Moving Target" as "Harper", a vehicle for Paul Newman

1965

First screenwriting credit: doctored script by "Americanizing" Michael Relph's screenplay for "Masquerade" when Cliff Robertson replaced Rex Harrison in the cast

1965

Hired to write first screenplay, a treatment of the teleplay and short novel "Flowers for Algernon" for Cliff Robertson; did not complete project (date approximate)

1963

First novel to be turned into film, "Soldier in the Rain"

1962

With brother, co-wrote book for the ill-fated Broadway musical, "A Family Affair"; score by John Kander and James Goldman

1961

First play produced on Broadway, "Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole"; written with brother James

1957

Wrote first novel, "The Temple of Gold"

1952

Served as a corporal in the US Army

Became regular contributor to NEW YORK magazine

Bonus Trivia

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His sometime pseudonym of Harry Longbaugh is the real name of one of his favorite historical personalities, the Sundance Kid.

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