Legendary screenwriter William Goldman has died, aged 87

The Oscar-winning writer died at home in New York

Screenwriter William Goldman has passed away aged 87.

Goldman, who wrote the Oscar-winning films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men, was also known for adapting his own novels to screen including Marathon Man, Magic, and The Princess Bride.

He was also known for making the memorable declaration, “Nobody knows anything” (about the movie business) in his memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade.


Goldman’s early career was writing novels before he broke into the film industry with 1965 spy caper, Masquerade.

Actor Paul Newman starred in a few of Goldman’s films, including in The Moving Target and Butch Cassidy…, appearing alongside Robert Redford in the latter.

Goldman passed away at his New York home today (November 16). It’s understood that he had been in poor health for some time.

Jenny Goldman, his daughter, confirmed his death to The Washington Post. She said there had been complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Showbiz celebrities including Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen and Mia Farrow have paid tribute to the late screenwriter. Stiller said Goldman created some of the “seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond”.

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