August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018

Age: 87
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Cause of Death: Complications from colon cancer and pneumonia

Beginning his career as an author, William Goldman would go on to adapt his stories into screenplays, creating some memorable cinema in the process like “The Princess Bride” and “Marathon Man.” His award winning work, however, would be those he adapted from other people’s works, like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.” He would also become notable for adapting other famous author’s works, adapting several Stephen King books throughout his career including “Misery,” “Hearts In Atlantis,” and “Dreamcatcher.” Although he may be gone, his legacy will live on in his writing forever.


1970 “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Won Best Adapted Screenplay
1977 “All the President’s Men” Won Best Adapted Screenplay


1963 Soldier in the Rain Not writer / Based on his novel
1964 Flowers for Algernon: Good Old Charley Gordon Unproduced (became “Charly”)
1965 Masquerade With Michael Relph
1966 Harper Based on the novel by Ross Macdonald
1967 The Chill
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady Not writer / Based on his novel
1968 In the Spring the War Ended Unproduced
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Written by
1972 The Hot Rock Based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake
1973 Papillon Contributing writer – uncredited
1975 The Stepford Wives Written by
1975 The Great Waldo Pepper Written by
1976 Marathon Man Written by / Based on his novel
1976 All the President’s Men Based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
1977 A Bridge Too Far Based on the book by Cornelius Ryan
1978 Magic Written by / Based on his novel
1979 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Not writer / Based on characters created by
1986 Heat Written by / Based on his novel
1987 The Princess Bride Written by / Based on his novel
1988 Twins Uncredited
1990 Misery Based on the novel by Stephen King
1992 A Few Good Men Consultant
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Written by
1992 Year of the Comet Written by
1992 Chaplin Written by
1993 Indecent Proposal
1993 Last Action Hero Uncredited
1993 Malice Consultant
1994 Maverick Based on the television series
1995 Dolores Claiborne Consultant
1996 The Chamber Based on the novel by John Grisham
1996 Extreme Measures Consultant
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Based on The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
1996 Da Vinci (short)
Not writer / Based on his story
1997 Fierce Creatures Uncredited
1997 Good Will Hunting Consultant
1997 Absolute Power Written by
1999 The General’s Daughter Written by
2001 Hearts in Atlantis Based on the novel by Stephen King
2003 Dreamcatcher Based on the novel by Stephen King
2012 The Princess Bride (short) Not writer / Based on his novel
2015 Wild Card Written by / Based on his novel
2015 Jake and the Giants Inspired by
2018 5 Minutes (short)
Written by


1979 Mr. Horn Television movie
1980 City in Fear Contributed to idea


1960 Tenderloin uncredited doctoring work
1961 Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole with James Goldman
1962 A Family Affair lyrics
2012 Misery adapted from the novel
Madonna and Child unproduced
Now I Am Six unproduced
Something Blue
Boys and Girls Together (aka Magic Town) unproduced
Nagurski unproduced
The Man Who Owned Chicago unproduced
The Princess Bride unproduced


1957 The Temple of Gold Novel
1958 Your Turn to Curtsy, My Turn to Bow Novel
1959 “The Ice Cream Eat” (Transatlantic Review)
Short story
1960 Soldier in the Rain Novel
1960 “Da Vinci” (New World Writing)
Short story
1961 “Till the Right Girls Come Along” (Transatlantic Review)
Short story
1963 “Something Blue” (Rogue)
Short story
1964 Boys and Girls Together Novel
1964 No Way to Treat a Lady Novel
1967 The Thing of It Is… Novel
1969 The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway Non-Fiction
1969 “The Good-Bye Look” (The New York Times Book Review) Article
1971 Father’s Day Novel
1973 The Princess Bride Novel
1974 Marathon Man Novel
1974 Wigger Children’s Book
1974 “The Simple Pleasures of the Rich” (Transatlantic Review) Short story
1976 Magic Novel
1977 The Story of ‘A Bridge Too Far’ Non-Fiction
1979 Tinsel Novel
1982 Control Novel
1983 Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting Non-Fiction
1983 The Silent Gondoliers Novel
1984 The Color Of Light
1985 Heat Novel
1986 Brothers
1988 Wait Till Next Year Non-Fiction
1990 Hype and Glory Non-Fiction
1995 Four Screenplays Non-Fiction
1997 Five Screenplays Non-Fiction
2000 Which Lie Did I Tell? (More Adventures in the Screen Trade) Non-Fiction
2001 The Big Picture: Who Killed Hollywood? and Other Essays Non-Fiction

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