William Goldman




About William Goldman

b. 12 August 1931, Highland Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Goldman is a prolific writer of books, plays and films. He collaborated with his older brother, James Goldman, on the 1961 stage play Blood, Sweat And Stanley Poole (1961). He also wrote lyrics to John Kander’s music for his brother’s A Family Affair (1962), a musical play staged on Broadway where it ran for 65 performances. Goldman is primarily known, however, for his screenplays, which include Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) and All The President’s Men (1976), for both of which he won Oscars. He also wrote the screenplay for Marathon Man (1976), which was based upon his own novel. Goldman’s other novels include The Temple Of Gold, Your Turn To Curtsy, My Turn To Bow, Soldier In The Rain, Boys And Girls Together, No Way To Treat A Lady, The Thing It Is …, Father’s Day, The Princess Bride, Magic: A Novel, Tinsel: A Novel, Control, The Silent Gondoliers, The Color Of Light, Heat, Brothers, and a book for children, Wigger. His other titles include works on his craft, The Season: A Candid Look At Broadway, The Story Of ‘A Bridge Too Far’, Wait Till Next Year, Hype And Glory, Four Screenplays, Five Screenplays, The Big Picture: Who Killed Hollywood? And Other Essays, and his memoirs 1983’s Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View Of Hollywood And Screenwriting and 2000’s Which Lie Did I Tell? (More Adventures In The Screen Trade). Goldman is also noted as Hollywood script doctor, work for which he sometimes goes uncredited.