American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter William Goldman passed away in his Manhattan home on November 16, 2018 at age 87. He was a renowned writer in both the realm of literature and film, penning both the book and screenplay for the modern classic The Princess Bride as well as The Marathon Man. He also wrote the Oscar-winning screenplays for both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All The President’s Men, further showcasing his pristine talent for telling memorable stories.
It has been cited that his cause of death was due to complications with colon cancer and pneumonia. He was highly regarded by many filmmakers and figures in the movie business, and many took to social media to pay their respects, including Ron Howard and Ben Stiller.
RIP #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world. https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 16, 2018
Stiller also voiced praise for the late writer, posting that “William Goldman was huge part Of creating some of the seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond. His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt star struck and intimidated seeing him at Knicks games. #RESPECT.”
Goldman created screenplays for a plethora of fan-favorite movies on top of the aforementioned classics, including Heat, Absolute Power, and Chaplin. Known for his gripping, important stories and smart, whimsical dialogue, his writings have stuck with many fans today. He will surely be missed, though his memory lives on through his cherished creations.