AceShowbiz - Oscar-winning screenwriter and author William Goldman has died.
The 87 year old passed away at his New York home on Friday, November 16 after suffering complications from colon cancer and pneumonia, his daughter Jenny told The Washington Post.
Born in Illinois, Goldman began his career as a novelist, before moving to Hollywood to try his hand at screenwriting.
He scored his first Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", which starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and earned his second for 1976 political thriller "All the President's Men", reteaming with Redford to chronicle U.S. President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.
He also enjoyed huge success with his 1973 fantasy romance novel "The Princess Bride", which he adapted for the big screen in 1987, with a cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Billy Crystal, and Mandy Patinkin. In 2013, it was announced that Disney executives would be working with Goldman to revamp the script for a stage version, which is still in development.
Other books of Goldman's that he personally adapted for Hollywood include "Marathon Man", "Magic", "Heat", and "Wild Card", while he penned the screen version of Stephen King's "Misery", as well as John Grisham's "The Chamber", and Ira Levin's "The Stepford Wives".
He was also involved in the films "A Few Good Men", "Good Will Hunting", and "Indecent Proposal".