William Goldman

Birthday: Aug 12, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
Published his first novel, the coming-of-age story Temple of Gold, in 1957. Before trying his hand at writing screenplays, he wrote five novels and three Broadway plays. Spent eight years working on his debut screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). After most of the major studios passed on it, the script eventually sold for a record $400,000 and the film became one of the highest-grossing westerns of all time. Published a nonfiction book called The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway in 1969. Although he claimed the 1972 novel The Princess Bride is an abridgment of an earlier book by S. Morgenstern, it is entirely original and S. Morgenstern was actually Goldman's pseudonym. His nonfiction book about Hollywood, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1984), introduced a popular quote often used in reference to the movie business: "Nobody knows anything." Won the Writers Guild's Laurel Award in 1985.

Highest Rated Movies



50% Phoenix Incident Actor 2016
31% Wild Card Screenwriter 2015
25% Black November Rick 2015
75% Tales From the Script Actor 2010
89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Actor 2007
29% Dreamcatcher Screenwriter $33.8M 2003
49% Hearts in Atlantis Screenwriter $23.7M 2001
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' Actor 2001
57% Mission: Impossible 2 Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
22% The General's Daughter Screenwriter 1999
47% Absolute Power Screenwriter 1997
12% The Chamber Screenwriter 1996
52% The Ghost and the Darkness Screenwriter 1996
66% Maverick Screenwriter 1994
35% Indecent Proposal Screenwriter 1993
60% Chaplin Screenwriter 1992
0% Year of the Comet Screenwriter 1992
23% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Screenwriter 1992
90% Misery Screenwriter 1990
44% Twins Screenwriter 1988
97% The Princess Bride Screenwriter 1987
20% Heat Screenwriter 1986
98% The Right Stuff Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Mr. Horn Screenwriter 1979
83% Magic Screenwriter 1978
62% A Bridge Too Far Screenwriter 1977
81% Marathon Man Screenwriter 1976
93% All the President's Men Screenwriter 1976
71% The Great Waldo Pepper Screenwriter 1975
69% The Stepford Wives Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet The Cheerleaders Sal 1973
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Producer 1972
67% The Hot Rock Screenwriter 1972
90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Screenwriter 1969
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Masquerade (A Shabby Tiger) (Operation Masquerade ) Screenwriter 1965


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