William Goldman, one of the most gifted writers and a personal inspiration of mine, passed away today from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 86. He won Academy Awards for his brilliant screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the Presidents Men.” He also authored the novel and screenplay for “The Princess Bride,” an endearing fairy tale for both children and adults. His other works include “Marathon Man,” both novel and screenplay, and the screenplay based on Steven King’s “Misery.” Goldman’s remarkable book, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” is a must-read for anyone considering a career in Hollywood. As he stated succinctly in that book, “Nobody knows anything.” Rest in peace, Mr. Goldman. Your work endures.
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