The Oscar-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter William Goldman, famous for All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Princess Bride, died aged 87 on Friday in Manhattan. According to the reports of Deadline, the screenwriter died in his sleep at his house in New York. His Daughter, Jenny confirmed her father’s death was the result of pneumonia and colon cancer.
Prolific writers, including Hollywood figures, honor the Oscar winner and paid tribute on social media. American actor Ron Howard wrote:
“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.”
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
Now, let’s explore William Goldman biography and wiki facts.
Who was William Goldman?
Born in 1931 in Chicago into a Jewish family, Goldman grew interested in becoming a novelist after taking a creative writing course. In 1957, when he was just 26, he published his first novel, The Temple of Gold.
In the mid-60s, he picked up screenwriting work after he was hired to adapt novelist Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon. His script led him to the Ross Macdonald detective film Harper, starring Paul Newman.
He would alternate writing scripts and publishing novels. His first original film script, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, earned him the best original screenplay Oscar. He then published The Princess Bride in 1973, followed by Marathon Man in 1974. For All the President’s Men, Goldman won the best adapted screenplay Oscar; his second Oscar.
Goldman was married to model Ilene Jones for three decades from 1961 to 1991. The pair welcomed two children- daughters, Jenny Rebecca, and Susanna. Ilene was a native of Texas and had modeled for Neiman Marcus. Her brother, Allan Case was an actor.
William Goldman’s funeral details are also not provided.
Family, Parents, and Siblings
Goldman was born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois to parents Marion and Maurice Clarence Goldman. His father, Maurice, was a successful businessman who worked in Chicago. But his alcoholism sank all his business.
According to Goldman, his father was in his pajamas for the last five years of his life. He killed himself while his son, William, was still in high school. His mother, Marion’s deafness had increased the stress in the family. He had a brother named, James Goldman, who died on 28th October 1998.