Legend, William Goldman, Dies at 87

William Goldman


William Goldman Passes Away


William Goldman, one of the world’s most legendary writers, left this world at age 87. To say he’s famous is an understatement. His works are still the foundations of modern-day literature and film industry. Goldman was a screenwriter, novelist, and playwright. A man of many talents, another one who is gone.

November 2018 isn’t the best month for many nerds out there, it seems. 


William Goldman was born in Chicago on the 12th of August, 1931. The son of Marion and Maurice Goldman, brother to James who is also a playwright and screenwriter who left this world 20 years prior. Goldman’s life is as amazing as his works. Shortly after graduating from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he joined the military. His ability to type allowed him to work for the Pentagon, yes, the freaking Pentagon, leaving with a Corporal rank in 1952.

He is survived by his daughter Jenny Rebecca. Susanna Goldman, his other daughter, died in 2015. 

Legend and his works

Goldman at a special screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the Tribeca film festival in 2009
Photograph: Will Ragozzino/Getty Images

He’s a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and memoirist, which gained him many awards. His most famous novels include The Princess Bride, Father’s Day and Brothers. Some of his works on theatre are Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole, with his brother James and Misery which was in 2012. Then comes his screenwriting works. Who doesn’t know about the Oscar-winning Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men? What of Good Will Hunting

He has many works, both credited and uncredited. Some are left unproduced, such as Madonna and Child, and Papillon.

Famous Quotes and Health Complications

“Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty, what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.”

This is only one of his many words that are still alive to this day. Especially the first sentence. His words for writers? “A good writer is not someone who knows how to write- but how to rewrite”

According to his daughter Jenny, William Goldman died of colon cancer and pneumonia. He died in Manhattan at the age of 87, November 16, 2018. 

The world is left to mourn his death, shaking up the entertainment industry as another of its greatest creative minds, leaves this world to rest. 

We at Word Of The Nerd wish to pass our condolences to his family at this time. 

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Avei Marie

Total fan-girl with a thirst for news and drama, Nerdy with impulsive awkwardness. Total ambivert

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