William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of 'Butch Cassidy,' Dies at 87

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William Goldman photographed on Sept. 20, 1969 in New York City.

Oscar-winning screenplay writer William Goldman has died. He was 87. Goldman won Academy Awards for the 1969 comic Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the 1976 political thriller All the President’s Men.

He converted his novels Marathon Man and The Princess Bride into hit movies and coined a favorite Hollywood catchphrase, “Nobody knows anything,” that summed up the mystery of what makes a movie work. In his time, he was among the highest paid writers in the business.

Goldman’s daughter Jenny says her father died early Friday (Nov. 16) in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. His other screen credits included The Stepford WivesMisery and A Bridge Too Far.


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