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 Men, The 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
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
Legendary William Goldman, has died. He gave us ‘The Princess Bride’, ( book even better than the film) ‘Butch Cassidy-’ screenplay of "All the President's Men’ and best book on show biz, ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade’. He was also a true friend. Thank you dear Bill pic.twitter.com/dcwfYPd3ue
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 16, 2018
RIP William Goldman. NO writer was better at structuring a story to suck you in. NO writer was better at creating characters you didn't want to step away from, even for a moment. Reading MARATHON MAN and THE PRINCESS BRIDE rocked my 14 year old world. Thank you forever. pic.twitter.com/xFZluyE7Hv
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) November 16, 2018