William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post.
He was 87.His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense.
The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said.
“Praying is also good.”Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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