Legendary Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, the man who essentially wrote the book on film screenwriting for many, passed away in his Manhattan home last night at the age of 87. Goldman’s health had reportedly been failing for some time and he was surrounded by family and friends when he passed.
Goldman was a novelist who switched over to screenwriting in 1965 with the comedy thriller “Masquerade” and then went on to pen some of the most famous films of the 20th century including “The Princess Bride,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Stepford Wives,” and “Misery” along with countless polishes and re-writes of other people’s scripts including “A Few Good Men” and “Indecent Proposal.
Goldman famously penned the script for “All the President’s Men” but disagreements with the project lead to him expressing a wish he had never taken on the project.
His 1989 book “Adventures In The Screen Trade” has become a go to guide for aspiring screenwriters and famously coined the phrase “nobody knows anything” about the film industry.
Source: BBC News