One of the most celebrated screenwriters in Hollywood history has passed away.
According to Deadline and other sources, William Goldman passed away last night in his Manhattan home surrounded by friends and family.
Goldman began his career as a novelist and went on to write the screenplay for the movie Masquerade in 1965. His biggest success at that time came from writing the screenplay for the Paul Newman/Robert Redford hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He won his first Academy Award for that script in 1970 and a second would follow in 1977 for the adaptation of All The President’s Men starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Goldman would go on to write other hit screenplays including Flowers for Algernon, The Stepford Wives, A Bridge Too Far, Misery, Marathon Man and others.
One of his greatest pop culture successes was adapting his 1973 novel The Princess Bride into a screenplay directed by Rob Reiner. The resulting film was a modest hit that became a cult classic that audiences still enjoy today.