William Goldman, one of Hollywood’s most esteemed screenwriters and a two-time Oscar winner, died Friday at his home in New York. He was 87.
Goldman died at home, Deadline reports, after suffering from declining health since the summer.
First a successful novelist, with such hits as “Boys and Girls Together” and “No Way to Treat a Lady” (both 1964), Goldman made the leap into screenwriting with the Paul Newman starrer “Harper” (1966). He won his first Oscar for his second screenplay, the iconic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), and won another for “All the President’s Men” (1976).
Among his other memorable contributions to the movies: “The Stepford Wives” (1975); “The Great Waldo Pepper” (1975); “Marathon Man” (1976), from his novel; “The Princess Bride” (1987), from his novel; “Misery” (1990); and “Chaplin” (1992).
Goldman was also highly regarded for his show biz memoir “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” famous for its assertion that “nobody knows anything” about the movie business.
The writer was remembered fondly on Twitter Friday following the news that he had passed away:
“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”Those words were spoken in “The Princess Bride,” one of my all time favorite films (directed by Rob Reiner,) and written by the novelist and screenwriter William Goldman,who, sadly, sassed away today
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) November 17, 2018
Here’s What It Was Like to Collaborate With William Goldman https://t.co/H7og1e4rmZ
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 17, 2018
William Goldman died today. (Look him up) He was a truly amazing screen writer. Many years ago I read his book “Adventures in the Screen Trade”, and it changed my whole perspective on how to tell a story. So inspiring. Thank you Mr. Goldman, for showing so many of us the way. RIP
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 17, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of William Goldman. He was both witty and talented. His screenplay of my book MISERY was a beautiful thing. Rest In Peace, Bill.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 16, 2018
William Goldman was huge part Of creating some of the seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond. His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt star struck and intimidated seeing him at Knicks games. #RESPECT https://t.co/ED9HUJc50R
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 16, 2018
RIP #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world. https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 16, 2018