Born in Highland Park in the state of Illinois, William Goldman began as a novelist and published his first novel at 26, "The Temple of Gold", which he received well by critics.
But as a scriptwriter it will be a global success, writing an impressive series of Hollywood productions.
"Butch Cassidy and the Kid" (1969), with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, will be in his passport to fame, the film that will enable him to win the Oscar for the Best Screening Script.
He will continue with "The Men of the President" (1976), who will win the second Oscar, "Marathon Man" (1976), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977), "Princess Bride" (1987) to "Misery" (1990).
In an interview with PBS in 2000, he explained that he was afraid of all his life to disturb the viewer and use a series of "tricks" to entertain him systematically.
"What I have is what I did when I started: a sense of dialogue and history," he said briefly, saying he did not have the ability to move to the staging.
He explained that there was no recipe for him to write the screen script for a movie. "I want to be one," he said at this interview.
William Goldman will have chosen all his life to live in New York, away from Hollywood, he has abhorred.
"Hollywood is full of space and lies," he said during the interview on PBS.
He even wrote a book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, where he's preparing a light picture of the movie industry.