Goldman, who received Oscars for both of those films, also wrote Marathon Man, Magic and The Princess Bride, which he adapted from his own novels. His memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade is famous for his memorable declaration that “nobody knows anything” about the movie business. He was also a noted “script doctor” who worked uncredited on many features. Born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1931, Goldman started out as a novelist before breaking into movies with 1965 spy caper ‘Masquerade’. He followed that with The Moving Target, also known as Harper, in which Paul Newman played a laconic private eye. Newman would go on to star in Butch Cassidy with Robert Redford, who himself went on to star with Dustin Hoffman in All the President’s Men. Goldman was much praised for his dramatisation of the Washington Post’s investigations into the Watergate affair. Goldman’s other films include World War II epic A Bridge Too Far, the Stephen King adaptation Misery and the Clint Eastwood thriller Absolute Power. Goldman was much praised for his dramatisation of the Washington Post’s investigations into the Watergate affair For many, though, he will be best remembered for The Princess Bride, a part-parodic fairy tale set in a world of giants, pirates and “rodents of unusual size”. Thirty years on, actor Mandy Patinkin is still regularly asked to recite the “My name is Inigo Montoya” speech Goldman wrote for him. Goldman, who died on Friday at his New York home, is understood to have been in poor health for some time. His daughter Jenny Goldman confirmed his death to the Washington Post, citing complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause. Mia Farrow, Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen and director Ron Howard were among many to pay tribute. Published in Daily Times, November 18th 2018.