William Goldman Dies at Age 87 in His Manhattan Home

William Goldman, famous Jewish writer of classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, All the President’s MenThe Princess Bride, Marathon Man and more has passed away in his Manhattan home. He was 87. Jenny Goldman, his daughter, confirmed his death earlier today stating it was a result of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman was born August 12, 1931 in Highland Park, Illinois to a Jewish family. He began writing at a young age and wrote numerous novels and screenplays before his death. He was even featured in the Detroit Jewish News at various times, which can be found in the Detroit Jewish News Foundation’s Davidson Digital Archives of Jewish Detroit History.

Goldman’s name was often associated with cult classics that featured Jewish actors, actresses and producers throughout his career. He’s credited with numerous quotable lines both onscreen and off. Some of his well-known ones include:

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

“I get sick being right all the time.”

“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”

Goldman is survived by one of his daughter’s, Jenny, and a grandson.

Fans and colleagues remember William Goldman on social media


  1. Losing Bill Goldman made me cry. My favorite book of all time is The Princess Bride. I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie. I visited with him last Saturday. He was very weak but his mind still had the Goldman edge. I told him I loved him. He smiled & said F you.

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