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William Goldman

Born: Aug 12, 1931

Birthplace: Highland Park

Profession: Screenwriter

Nationality: United States

William Goldman

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1931
Birth Place : Highland Park

William Goldman is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and again for All the President's Men, about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. His other notable works include his thriller novel Marathon Man and comedy-fantasy novel The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman adapted for film. Author Sean Egan has described Goldman as "one of the late twentieth century’s most popular storytellers."


  • Screenwriter
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Novelist
  • Script doctor

Also known as

  • S. Morgenstern
  • Simon Morgenstern


  • Marion Weil
  • Maurice Clarence Goldman


  • Ilene Jones


  • Susanna Goldman
  • Jenny Rebecca Goldman

Awards Won

  • Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
  • Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay
  • Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
  • Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
  • BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
  • Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Drama
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama
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