Magazine article Screen International

'Butch Cassidy' Screenwriter William Goldman Dies Aged 87

Magazine article Screen International

'Butch Cassidy' Screenwriter William Goldman Dies Aged 87

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Goldman won two Oscars in 1970 and 1977.

William Goldman

Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who wrote films including Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died aged 87, in his sleep at his home in New York.

It is reported that Goldman was surrounded by family and friends when he died. His daughter Jenny has confirmed that his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman was part of the New Hollywood in the 1970s which changed the American film industry. He won two Oscars in this time: for Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid in 1970 and All The President’s Men in 1977.

Born in Chicago in 1931, he started his screenwriting career in the 1960s. An early breakthrough was his screenplay for crime drama Harper, directed by Jack Smight and starring Paul Newman. The film brought Goldman a nomination at the 1967 Writers Guild of America Awards, one of many accolades that would come during his career. …

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