Legendary Screenwriter, William Goldman, is Dead

William Goldman is dead.

According to Deadline, the award-winning screenwriter died Thursday night at his home in Manhattan. He reportedly had been in ill health and his condition had deteriorated over the summer. No cause of death has been released as at press time.

Goldman began his career as a novelist, but he soon transitioned into Hollywood and became best known for his movies which include the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, for which he took home an Academy Award.

He would go on to win a second Academy Award for writing All the President’s Men in 1976, and he also wrote the screenplay for The Princess Bride, which was based on his novel of the same name.

Goldman produced dozens of screenplays and consistently worked as a script doctor; some of his other movies included The Stepford WivesMarathon ManHeatMisery, and Chaplin.

He was 87.

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