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Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy Writer William Goldman Passes Away

November 16, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
William Goldman

William Goldman, the two-time Oscar winner who wrote Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, has passed away. Deadline reports that Goldman died Wednesday night at his home in Manhattan after a long period of worsening health. He was eighty-seven years old.

Goldman is best known to younger audiences for Princess Bride and older audiences for Butch Cassidy, but he had a ton of other all-time great films to his credit. Having transitioned to film from stage plays with the script for Butch Cassidy, he went on to write scripts for iconic films like The Stepford Wives, Magic, and Marathon Man. The latter film (and Princess Bride) were scripts he adapted from his own novels. Goldman earned his second Oscar (after Butch Cassidy) for 1976’s All The President’s Men about the reporting of the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon.

Among Goldman’s later work were the Stephen King adaptations Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, and Dreamcatcher, as well as the Robert Downey Jr.-starring biopic Chaplin. He worked as a script polisher on films like Twins, A Few Good Men, Last Action Hero, and Good Will Hunting. His last film was the script for 2015’s Wild Card, which starred Jason Statham and was based on Goldman’s novel.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and many fans of Mr. Goldman. Hollywood will certainly miss him.

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