Sunday, June 16, 2024

Screenwriter William Goldman, 87, Dies, Oracle of Hollywood, Oscar Winner for “Butch Cassidy”


William Goldman, oracle of Hollywood, Oscar winner for writing “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men,” has died at age 87. His death is a big deal, and a tragedy that will be observed all weekend no doubt in memoriams by his many friends and writers whom he mentored.

Goldman’s other credits included “The Princess Bride,” “Papillon,” “Heat,” Marathon Man” and many other classic films of our era. He was also a huge influence on the screenplay for “Good Will Hunting,” an unseen hand that guided Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to their Oscar.

Goldman’s 1983 memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade, is considered the holy grail of Hollywood remembrances.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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