Creator / William Goldman

“Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.”

Born in 1931, Goldman is a famous American screenwriter, novelist and Hollywood script doctor. His works include:

He has also written a number of books on the writing process and the Hollywood business, from the POV of an author, complete with useful advice. Additionally, in 1968 he wrote The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway, which not only reviewed every show on Broadway of that year, but the patterns that theater was taking, the impact of the Great White Way on New York City itself, and many other such topics. He managed to offhandedly predict what Broadway would turn into in a few years.

Famous also for coining the phrase "Nobody knows anything". His Signature Style includes Self-Deprecation (as a writer, as a Jewish man, as a member of the Hollywood movie machine), humorous asides to the readers, and long and convoluted sentences thanks to Stream Of Consciousness.

Hollywood gossip attributed the screenplay of Good Will Hunting to an uncredited Goldman, but Goldman insisted in 2003 that it really was Affleck and Damon's script, with Goldman's sole contribution being to advise them to drop an FBI government-spy subplot.

Brother of playwright James Goldman, author of The Lion in Winter.

BFF of Stephen King. Not to be confused with William Golding.