Born in Highland Park, Illinois, William Goldman began as a novelist and published his first novel at the age of 26, "The Golden Temple," well received by critics.
But as a screenwriter he will be a worldwide success writing an impressive series of Hollywood productions.
"Butch Cassidy and the Kid" (1969), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, will be his passport to fame, allowing him to win the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
He will then continue with "The Men of the President" (1976), which will garner a second Oscar, "Marathon Man" (1976), "The Bridge Longe" (1977), "Princess Bride" . (nineteen ninety).
In an interview with PBS in 2000, he explained that he feared his whole life to irritate the viewer and systematically used a series of "tricks" to entertain him.
"What I have is what I had when I started: a sense of dialogue and history," he said modestly, saying he did not have the ability to switch to the stage.
He explained that there was no prescription for him to write the script for a movie. "I wish there was one," he joked in this interview.
William Goldman will have chosen his entire life to reside in New York, far from Hollywood that he abominated.
"Hollywood is full of news and lies," he said during the PBS interview.
He even wrote a book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, in which he paints a dark image of the film industry.